On Friday we had a visit from a retired beekeeper. He taught the class all about Mason bees which are hard working pollinators. Mason bees are gentle, solitary and they are not destructive insects. Six Mason bees can pollinate one fruit tree compared to 10,000 honey bees. Mason bees partition and seal their nesting chamber with mud. They forage in a limited range of about 100 metres. Only the female stings when she faces serious danger and her sting is similar to a mosquito bite. People of all ages are safe around these super pollinators.
Some people say that Saturn is the most beautiful planet in our solar system. The Cassini probe has been orbiting Saturn since 2004. On November 30, 2016 it started a series of orbits that will bring it closer to Saturn’s rings than ever before. Scientists hope to learn more about the rings and some of Saturn’s moons. Please feel free to leave a comment after watching the video.
In the winter many people visit the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Below is a video from the University of Oslo that does a very good job of explaining what causes this natural light display. In the southern hemisphere the lights are called the Aurora Australis.
On Thursday we harvested our five tubs of potato plants. We had planted the potatoes just before Spring Break and initially they grew next to the window in our classroom. Eventually they were moved to our school garden, in the courtyard area, where we patiently watered them every day. When we turned the tubs over and emptied the soil onto our drop sheet we found nearly 200 Warba potatoes of various sizes. Each student took home a paper bag with approximately ten potatoes. Hopefully, the students will eat these delicious vegetables.
In Science we are participating in the Spuds in Tubs program. Spuds in Tubs offers students the unique opportunity to plant, grow, harvest and eat early nugget potatoes. Students experience a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning. They measure their plants daily due to the rapid growth. Be sure to stop by the courtyard to see our potatoes.