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A Science Filled Week at Emerson

Written by Christina Trujillo

Emerson students participated in a week of life science studies. Fun and lessons for the week included a lesson on organic gardening, studies of specific plants such as bromeliads, succulents and citrus, learning about hydroponics and propagation, a field trip to the Arizona Garden at Stanford and culminating with a Science Fair on Earth Day. The following are highlights from Emerson’s special Science Week (April 18-22):

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Group photo in front of a prickly pear cactus.

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A giant yucca tree.

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Lizards everywhere!

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Flowering torch aloe plant.

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Lunch at Stanford.

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Making human sculptures in the Rodin Sculpture Gardens.

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Time to be silly after lunch!

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Making T-shirts to wear for our science fair. We collected leaves and other items from nature and used them with fabric paint to design our own unique t-shirts.

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An upper elementary student presenting her experiment on styrofoam decomposition.

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Another student demonstrating how much water can be stored in different bromeliad plants.

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An upper elementary student presenting his experiment on the effects of environmental conditions on plant growth.

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Group photo with the succulents that we’ve been studying

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The two citrus trees (mandarin and Meyer lemon) that we will plant on Arbor Day

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Succulents from our studies.

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A surprise ending to our science week… More than 40 baby snails hatched in our bug tank! We didn’t even know that we were expecting!

Christina Trujillo

Christina is a Senior Administrator at Early Learning Institute, a Palo Alto-based organization that operates child care centers and private schools in the Bay Area—including the HeadsUp! Child Development Centers in Palo Alto, North San Jose, and Pleasanton, Emerson School in Palo Alto and Hacienda School in Pleasanton—and offers writing programs for school-age children.

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