Hard to believe that we are well into spring! In just a few weeks, we'll be tying a bow on this school year, but there's still some fun to be had.
The class did a nice job in wrapping up our plate tectonics unit, and for the past few weeks, they have been laser-focused upon crafting a research paper on the subject of either an influential scientist or innovative technological idea of their choosing. While research papers are typically the province of high school, we like jumping the gun on this project. The process of doing high quality research and adhering to standard guidelines (or a close approximation of them) sets our kids up to be less intimidated by these kinds of assignments down the road.
Everyone was encouraged to pick a topic which resonated with their interests, and as a result we've got papers in the works on Marie Curie, George Washington Carver, the Great Filter, the electric car, and Nikola Tesla (just to name a few). After selecting a topic and locating a minimum of 5 sources, the kids have gone through the steps to craft a thesis, developed an outline, and are in the process of composing their rough drafts which they will peer-edit next week.
After concluding the paper, we'll be blasting off into a unit on near-earth astronomy, exploring model rocketry and the forces which affect both space exploration and the solar system in general.