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Yesterday’s Science Class

Yesterday I went to Brookhaven Labratory for a homeschool science class on soil with my friend.

Soil is made out of gravel, sand, silt, and clay.

Gravel is the biggest part of soil.

Clay is the smallest.

A tool called the sieve separates the gravel,sand, silt, and clay.

My first experiment was putting rocks into groups (not Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic.).

I came up with, dots, plain color, and stripes.

My second experiment was was with 2 rocks. My tools were a magnet and a piece of paper with some thing on it.

The clear rock on one side could make things bigger! The other rock was magnetic!

My third experiment was weighing, measuring the volume, and drawing samples of dirt.

After that, I went home.

By | April 17th, 2012|science|0 Comments


Yesterday I went to a honeybee class in Queens.

Honeybees go from flower to flower getting a little pollen and some nectar and every time they stop they drop off some pollen. This helps flowers and trees grow.

When they return to the hive they make some honey out of the nectar. I don’t know how but check out this site to see how.

Pollen is also food for honeybees.

There are three types honeybees:

The queen, the workers, and the drones.

The queen only has one job: laying eggs.

The workers have lots of jobs.

The drones help the queen lay eggs.

And that last picture is me looking at a honeycomb.

Honeycomb is puked-up nectar and is always built in a hexagonal pattern.

By | June 8th, 2011|bees, science|0 Comments


Yesterday I did a science class on horseshoe crabs:

Here’s what I learned:

I saw 5 horseshoe crabs. All of the alive ones were mating. There was one dead one.

Horseshoe crabs species are shrinking because people are using them to test if drugs are safe.

Horseshoe crabs have blue blood because their blood is based on copper. Our blood is based on iron.

By | June 7th, 2011|science|0 Comments

Frogs and Turtles

Yesterday I went to a science class on frogs and turtles with homeschooled kids.

It was 40 miles away it was really fun and interesting.

Here’s a fact about turtles – a turtle’s shell is like the brain of a turtle, so if the shell is cracked the turtle will die.

Here’s a fact about frogs – frogs will cover themselves with all sorts of stuff(slime, pollutants,etc) to protect themselves from predators.

I saw a dead snapping turtle and a live turtle.

I heard 1 frog: a Spring Peeper.

By | April 5th, 2011|animals, science|0 Comments

Stream Eroison

Last week I went to a class on Stream Erosion.

What they used is called a stream table. It was a slanted table full of sand with a faucet on the top.

There was 2 types of streams: the young stream and an older stream. The difference is the older one has been carved out a little by water.

Stream erosion is when water overflows a stream, the faster parts carry the boulders and the cobbles and the slower water carries the pebbles, sand, silt, and clay.

And this how a stream in the real world takes shape.

Look how small clay is, I bet you didn’t know that!

By | March 9th, 2011|science|0 Comments

Rubbery Egg

From this book:

In the Chemistry section, I did Experiment 196 – Rubbery Egg.

I put an egg in vinegar in a glass, and I waited several days.

Today we went to see the egg.  We took it out and it felt rubbery.

Here’s the explanation:

The vinegar reacts with the calcium in the eggshell, dissolving it. This makes the shell rubbery. This shows the importance of calcium to make the shell strong, just like the calcium in are bones.Keep drinking that milk!

I don’t know how but the vinegar must have done something to the calcium in the shell!

By | October 21st, 2010|science|1 Comment

What Is Fire?

Fire is a chemical reaction with oxygen which releases a lot of energy. For more information click on my link.

We made a campfire last Saturday night.

My Dad and I got all the sticks.

We started a good fire with matches.

There are many ways to make a fire – click here.

Fires are very dangerous. You have to be careful and stay away from it because it could burn you.

Also there is danger from a fire spreading. So you have to keep anything that can burn far away. And you really have to watch where the sparks land.

To be safe, my dad brought the hose next to the fire.

By | September 4th, 2010|science|0 Comments

Plant Lessons

Yesterday I learned about leaves.

Leaves are green from a chemical called “Chlorophyll”.

Chlorophyll is a green pigment that helps the sun absorb energy.

Plants use that energy to make food.  This process is called “Photosynthesis”.

I also learned about two kinds of trees: coniferous and deciduous.

Coniferous trees are trees that have needles and cones , like a Christmas tree.

Deciduous trees are trees that have leaves, like a maple tree. 

Q: Why do leaves change color from green to brown, red, and yellow?

A:  In the fall, the chlorophyll disappears and the other pigments can be seen.

By | August 24th, 2010|botany, science|1 Comment

Our Galaxy

I use this sentence↓to help me remember my planets:

and (asteroid belt)

The first letter of every word represents a planet.

For example: the “M” in Martha is represents Mercury, the first planet. And the “E” in every stands for Earth.

By | August 12th, 2010|astronomy, science|1 Comment

How Many Seconds Are In A Century?

Today I asked my dad how many seconds are in a century.

So he took out a piece of paper and we figured it out.

And here is our equation:

60sec/1minute · 60min/1hour · 24hours/1day · 365days/1year · 100years/1century = seconds in a century

This is called the factor-label method. All those fractions after the first one are actually equal to one.

When we multiply it out, most of the labels cancel out:

60sec/1minute · 60min/1hour · 24hours/1day · 365days/1year · 100years/1century = seconds in a century

Now we have to do the arithmetic:

60 · 60 · 24 · 365 · 100 = seconds in a century

We tried doing it on a calculator, but the answer was too big!

So we factored it:

36 · 24 · 365 · 104

And multiplied the first part on the calculator:

315,360 · 104

Then we added four zeroes:


There are over 3 billion seconds of  in a one hundred year period!

By | July 19th, 2010|math, science|0 Comments

The Longest Day Ever!

In 2 more days it’s the summer solstice.

That means it’s the longest day of the year.

The sunrise is at 5:24am; and sunset is at 8:30pm.

So there are 15 hours and 6 minutes of daylight on Monday.

After that, the days get shorter everyday until the winter solstice.

On December 21st, the shortest day of the year, there are only 9 hours and 15 minutes of daylight.

After that, the days start getting longer again!

By | June 19th, 2010|astronomy, science|0 Comments

Pumpkin Seedlings

Those are pumpkin seeds that I grew.

I put the seeds in a wet napkin.

We put it in a zip-lock bag so the water wouldn’t evaporate.

Now I have to put it in a pot with soil.

By | March 30th, 2010|botany, science|3 Comments

Blast Off!

Today I built a model rocket!

It has a nose cone, body tube, launch lug, fins, a parachute, and an engine.

It can go 1,100ft high.

I will take a video of the launch and post it on my blog.

By | March 29th, 2010|science|1 Comment