Shipwrecked STEM Activity

You and your 3 friends were enjoying a nice day out on your sailboat; exploring the Matanzas river and estuaries.  Around 1 p.m. a severe weather system moved in.  The local winds picked up to over 45 knots and the waves in the intercostal were 6 feet high.  Your poor little sailboat’s mast broke and your sail was torn.  You tried to call the Coast Guard for help but your radio suffered water damage.  All of a sudden your boat ran-a-ground, taking in water causing you to abandon ship.  Your team thinks quickly, grabbing as many supplies as you can.


Problem:  You have no idea how long it will be before help arrives and someone finds you.  Everyone’s Cell phones landed in the water and the island that you landed on is deserted.   You and your friends know that you need fresh water to stay alive.

Your task is to design a method to help you.




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Falling Water Lab



Students investigated what they knew about gravity.  We used this lab to review.  Enjoy!




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Layers of the Atmosphere

If I was a layer of the atmosphere I would be….

We did this activity to review the different layers and how the atmosphere helps us.  I’m sharing some of their thinking.  ENJOY 🙂

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This week we are wrapping up our CELL unit.  My advanced 6th grade science students are learning the process of Mitosis.  Students were challenged to share their understanding with others by creating a stop motion video.  I’m so proud of how well they worked together, shared their understanding and practiced using technology responsibly.   Here are a few examples.

Happy Friday…

I uploaded a few of the mitosis stop motion videos to my school blog.  I figured it might be easier to view.  Have a great weekend.



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6th Grade Science

Welcome to Comprehensive Science 1

I am SO excited to be your teacher. This is my 6th year at Mill Creek Acadamy and I am proud to be a MIGHTY MUSTANG. 

This is the first class in a series of three consecutive science classes. Most of what we learn this year you will build upon in 7th and 8th grade.  This course provides an introduction to science, energy, forces, weather, climate, Earth’s systems, and the living world. Some topics are explored in depth while others are introduced to serve as building blocks for M/J Comprehensive Science 2 and 3. We will explore science through everyday examples, technology and participate in activities and laboratory experiences to apply what we have learned.  I hope you are ready for some fun!

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Rusty Nail Experiment

Materials Needed:

  • Two nails/group, same size and brand, galvanized
  • 16 oz, mason jars with lids, two per group
  • 300 ML salt water (ocean water)
  • 300 ML fresh water (crystal spring distilled water)
  • Forceps
  • Thermometer
  • Camera to record results
  • Balance scale (before/after)
  • Graduated cylinder (2)
  • Labels (salt water) (fresh water)


Step 1: Gather all your materials, and open your mason jars, and weigh the 2 nails.                                           Step 2: label your mason jars (salt/fresh)                                                                                                               Step 3: pour salt water into graduated cylinder until it reaches 300 ML, pour it into your mason jar labeled salt water.                                                                                                                                                               Step 4: Take a clean graduated cylinder and pour crystal distilled water in 300 ML, pour into your mason jar labeled fresh water.                                                                                                                                                Step 5: Next slowly put 1 nail into each jar at the same time and close the lids.                                                  Step 6: This procedure will probably take 2- 3 weeks, so wait patiently.                                                              Step 7: Check for rust daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 am, record picture and written evidence.                                Step 8: Keep your mason jars shaded and away from sunlight.                                                                                                                                                                 PAYTON



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Class Science Project: Rusty Nails

Problem:  Does a nail rust faster in salt water or fresh water?

Class Hypothesis:  I think salt water will rust a nail faster than fresh water.



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mold growth 4-24-14


Bread A (wheat)      

Blue mold: 100 across and most of the bread is covered by it.

Green mold: 13mm

white mold: 22 mm

Dark green mold: 5mm

Bread B (white italian)

Crumbling and the mold is everywhere, smells horible. The mold is all diffrent, green, white, yellow, and brown.

Bread C (pumpernickel)

dark green: 24 mm

2nd dark green: 11 mm, mold on the crust.

   The bread in the fridge is hard and it smells bad, and we concluded that italian would have molded first if we had kept going.

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Mold growth Day 13 4-23-14

Bread A (wheat)-

Turqouise mold: 43mm.

White mold: 8mm.

Dark green mold:3mm, 1mm.

bread b (wite italian)

all of the bread is molded. there are diffrent colors.

turquise, yellow, green, and pink.

bread c(pumpernickel)

dark green mold: 15mm, and us molded on the crust.


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Observations Day 12 4/22/14

Bread A, Wheat

Turquoise: 31 millimeters

Turquoise: 7 millimeters

Dark Green: 4 millimeters

Dark Green: 5 millimeters

Dark Green: 3 millimeters


Bread B, Itilain White

Every peice has molded even the crusts and the colors are yellow, green, and pink bacteria


Bread C, Pumpernickel

Dark Green: 17 millimeters

Dark Green 24 millimeters

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