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Curious Scientists

Fourth-grade Science generates endless discoveries through inquiry and engaging, hands-on work. Students will explore how motion can be transferred between objects by setting up chain reactions of cups, dominoes, or popsicle sticks. What happens when cars or balls are introduced, adding more complexity to the system? Your child will make rubber band racers to experiment with how much energy is stored in a material and how much is released. 

He will investigate the role hills play in making roller coasters move. Fourth graders will think deeply about processes that shape the Earth’s surface. Why do sand dunes exist in New Mexico, and what are Utah’s hoodoos? Creating a model river will demonstrate how erosion occurs. Your child will channel her inner Ms. Frizzle, explaining the water cycle to her first-grade buddy and simulating a volcanic eruption together. Our introductory human body unit draws parallels between machines and our bodies. We have sensors, parts for moving around, and a built-in computer. Students learn about the power of light. Can it really [cook a pizza][make nachos] in a homemade solar oven? Every time fourth graders step foot in our Science lab, they experience Galileo’s wise words: “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” 

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