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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bigelow Labs Visit

 It was our last visit of the year from Bigelow Labs.  Ben Twining was back from his huge scientific voyage.  He updated the students on his trip and showed some of the equipment that the scientists used aboard their large lab at sea.

 Then it was off to gather some data of our own.

 We gathered water samples.
 Then we used the phytoplankton nets to gather some phyto and zooplankton samples to look at under the microscopes.
 Back to the classroom to check out our samples.
 We found all sorts of cool organisms.  Microscopes are such marvelous instruments.

 Nieces and nephews joined right in.
 Some old partnerships...

 and some new ones.

 Silly girls.
 At the end of the day, the kids gathered around to do a lesson on PH.  Our old pal, Jochen had cooked up a batch of red cabbage to use for the testing.  The kids had to smell it of course.

I think Seth might have thought is was going to blow, as he hid behind Cadin during the pouring of the vinegar, perhaps because of Ursula's baking soda/vinegar volcano that she demonstrated earlier this year?  A great time was had by all.  We are such science buffs out here!  Big thanks to Ben and Bigelow for coming all the way out to our tiny island.

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