First day and our fingerprints

Allow us to introduce ourselves…

Today your child began an exciting science program in their classroom offered by Science from Scientists (SfS). SfS is a Boston-based, non-profit organization that strives to improve science and technology attitudes and aptitudes. We send real scientists into the classroom during school every other week to teach exciting, fun, and curriculum-relevant science lessons. We will be visiting your child’s classroom every other week throughout the school year. We will bring engaging, informative, and stimulating hands-on lessons with us to supplement the school’s science curriculum.

My name is Marketa Melicharova and I will be the instructor working with the youngest students at Khan Academy. I have a PhD degree in analytical chemistry and I simply love science. I am looking forward to many exciting hands-on activities we will do together at Khan Lab School and hope to inspire young future scientists.

Please check the Classroom Post on our website regularly to read about the science activities that your child is participating in and to view photos from your child’s classroom.

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We started with a presentation how to stay safe while doing science and then we talked about how scientists work. To simulate the work of scientists each student got a puzzle to solve. The puzzle was either the word SCIENCE or DISCOVERY with every letter cut into pieces. All students were able to finish the puzzle, either by themselves or with the help of others. They learned that it is fun to do science and that cooperation is sometimes very useful.

Afterwards we talked about what makes us unique that has led us to our second science topic of the day – fingerprints. We learned that we can distinguish 3 basic types of fingerprints. Then every student put their fingerprint onto a balloon which was then blown up so that the students can better observe what type of fingerprint they have. Next, students went on fingerprint scavenger hunt. Every student got a different copy of a fingerprint and had to find a fingerprint that matches the one they were given.The last task was to do a fingerprint painting. Students got some paper, paintbrushes and different colored paints. The goal was to leave the actual fingerprints on the paper and make a picture from them. We had a lot of fun together! 

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