Photo Journal

Nell Herrmann Blue Hill Consolidated School

Posted on May 24, 2018 by

Spring has sprung in Maine! Eighth graders from Blue Hill Consolidated School are examining and drawing apple blossoms today to gain a deeper understanding of the life cycle of angiosperms.


Susan A. Smith, NBCT Takotna Community School in Takotna, AK

Posted on April 15, 2018 by

It has been six months since we have seen our open top chambers from the ground. We have had literally tons of snow since October 24th, however there are holes in the snow from which we can shine our thermometer into to get the temperatures. On several occasions it was entirely too cold to get a reading, mostly for the outside of the OTC. Lately we have not been able to dig our holes due to large depths of ice,  but the air temperatures were in the 40’s this past week so we have hopes for this Tuesday’s temperature readings.

My class has graphed each week’s data and it is interesting to see the temperature fluctuations. We will be comparing the data my students on St. Paul Island took last year to see if there are any correlations. I am looking forward to having this discussion, because I want to see how well these 3rd and 4th graders can analyze data they did not collect.

Unfortunately my photos are all too large to post and I do not know how to reduce them to post them. I will definitely have them on my powerpoint presentation in July.

I am looking forward to seeing you in July at Penn State. Our different projects will be fun and education to see and discuss.

 

Susan

 

 


Susan Smith Takotna Community School

Posted on October 31, 2017 by

Just a couple more photos from Susan’s new job as K-4th teacher and principal for Takotna Community School in Alaska. The town has 21 kids and 65 people. Susan told us that last week the students were not allowed to walk to school until after daylight had broken because there were wolves in town.

 


Susan Smith Takotna Community School

Posted on October 26, 2017 by

These are current temperature graphs, in Celsius, of 3 OTCs being used by students from Takotna Community School in Alaska. The students were surprised at the fluctuation in temperatures they saw during the first few weeks of the study and now expect downward spiraling lines due to snow. The last photo is of the community during the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March. One OTC is across the road from the green conex container closer to the river. One is off the photo to the right about about 100 yards in a grassy family house yard, and the 3rd one is at the school about 1/4 of a mile west of the big red building in the left hand corner.


Susan A. Smith, NBCT Takotna Community School in Takotna, AK

Posted on October 24, 2017 by


Posted on October 19, 2017 by

Ms. Muscaro’s students collected anecdotal evidence from April – June using the OTC and a control plot. There was a faster rate of initial growth in the OTC plot versus the control. Students harvested strawberries about a week earlier in the OTC plot than in the control plot. The same cultivar of rhizomes were planted on the same day/time, watered for the same amount of time, and mulched with the same amount of straw. An adjacent plot was used for the control to keep sunlight and soil temperature consistent.


Jess Muscaro Pittsburgh Public Schools

Posted on October 19, 2017 by


Nell Herrmann Blue Hill Consolidated School

Posted on August 7, 2017 by

A group of students from Blue Hill Consolidated School have been completing an investigation on Kentucky Blue Grass this summer, comparing grass planted within a warming chamber to grass planted in a control plot. In addition, they have been comparing alder in a warming chamber to alder in a control plot. The results of their exploratory project will be shared with incoming students and the community in September.

 


Susan Smith, Pribilof Islands, AK

Posted on December 5, 2016 by

Aleut students by Susan Smith

Aleut students by Susan Smith

Pribilof Islands, AK. By Susan Smith

Pribilof Islands, AK. By Susan Smith

Pribilof Islands, AK. By Susan Smith.

Pribilof Islands, AK. By Susan Smith.


Welcome to the APPLES Photo Journal

Posted on July 1, 2016 by

July 2016 Workshop

Checking out the time lapse cameras before bringing them back to their school class rooms

Checking out the time lapse cameras before bringing them back to their school class rooms

 

Kathy teaching

Kathy teaching

 

Working

Working

 

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Mostly everyone gathered for this shot

Mostly everyone gathered for this shot

 

In the courtyard

In the courtyard

 

Master model ideas

Master model ideas

 

Summary

Summary

 

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Russ explaining Mammoth tooth

Russ explaining Mammoth tooth

 

Kathy talking investigations

Kathy talking investigations

 

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How does growing season length influence crop yield?

How does growing season length influence crop yield?

 

A lot of sharing back in the class room

A lot of sharing back in the class room

 

Showing of ice cores

Showing of ice cores

 

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Inside the ice lab at Penn State

Inside the ice lab at Penn State

 

In July the ice lab is great place to be in, but only for a little bit

In July the ice lab is great place to be in, but only for a little bit

 

Russ Graham talks Mammoth tooth

Russ Graham talks Mammoth tooth

 

Morning at the Arboretum.

Morning at the Arboretum.

 

Entering the "Ice Lab"

Entering the ”Ice Lab”

 

Don Voigt, geoscientist prepares everyone for a trip to the "Ice Lab"

Don Voigt, geoscientist prepares everyone for a trip to the ”Ice Lab”

 

Taking a closer look at the time lapse cameras provided for every teacher

Taking a closer look at the time lapse cameras provided for every teacher

 

Going through the actual process of assembling an ITEX cone

Going through the actual process of assembling an ITEX cone

 

Assembly and sharing notes before leaving the Arboretum.

Assembly and sharing notes before leaving the Arboretum.

 

Working at The Arboretum at Penn State

Working at The Arboretum at Penn State

 

The Arboretum at Penn State provided a perfect location for inquiry based learning

The Arboretum at Penn State provided a perfect location for inquiry based learning

 

Learning hands-on plant phenology and plant parts

Learning hands-on plant phenology and plant parts

 

Teachers presenting to each other

Teachers presenting to each other

 

Taking a closer look at the Mammoth tooth

Taking a closer look at the Mammoth tooth

 

Researcher and teachers sharing knowledge

Researcher and teachers sharing knowledge

 

Teachers working

Teachers working

 

Annmarie Ward explaining the master model

Annmarie Ward explaining the master model

 


 

Greenland Research

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A visit to the inland ice cap

A visit to the inland ice cap

 

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Heidi, Christian and Nell visiting the long-term field site in Greenland before the workshop

Heidi, Christian and Nell visiting the long-term field site in Greenland before the workshop

 

Penn State undergraduate students with Nell and Heidi

Penn State undergraduate students with Nell and Heidi