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November 15, 2021
A Day in a Science Class

Science students at Maine South have unique experiences almost every day in class because of the unique curriculum that is supported by the lab environment of our classrooms.  We are only one-third of the way through the year so far, but here are some of the things our students have already accomplished:

  • Our biology students have studied either how Daphnia Magna (a species of water fleas) responds to changes in their environment or the environmental preferences of Isopods (pill bugs).
  • Our chemistry students have created “fool’s gold” in the lab to test the properties of the component elements (iron and sulfur) against those of the compound.
  • Our physics students have used digital motion sensors to create graphs that show their changing movements and speeds and improve their understanding of how to interpret graphs of motion for other objects.
  • Our Anatomy & Physiology students have dissected sheep hearts and sheep lungs in order to gain an understanding of the complexities of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Our Crime Science students have used the gel electrophoresis equipment to learn the techniques used to separate molecules with DNA profiling to identify suspects.
  • Our Geology students simulated magma movement under the Earth’s crust to infer which of the prevailing theories may be most relevant.
  • Our AP Biology students designed a new shape for a cell that they thought would have the best diffusion properties.
  • Our AP Chemistry students used spectrophotometers to analyze the relationship between the concentration of a solution and its light absorbency.
  • Our AP Environmental Science students conducted tests on the properties of various soil types to understand how environmental issues such as erosion, run-off, and leaching are more likely to occur in some environments than others.

These are just a few of the highlights from a few of the classes – there are many more exciting studies going on in our labs every day!  Ask your child what they are learning about in their class and share your high school science memories with them as they share with you!