Seventh grade STEM students head to the woods

 By Sydney Kightlinger, design editor

Seventh grader Isaac Levis bends a tree so Jane Hetrick can collect leaves for the STEM project.

With the weather quickly changing and Autumn approaching, the seventh grade went to the woods behind the football field on Sept. 19 to collect leaves for their classification projects.

The seventh graders spent the morning with the objective of finding fifteen unique leaves. “It is good we are outside, but I can’t reach the leaves,” said Jaden Reagle. The trees had to be “chest high” (4.5 feet) and 14 centimeters in diameter.

As the leaves were collected, the students wrapped them in newspaper and pressed them between their textbooks for preservation; however, some students felt that the lack of tree variation made for difficulties in creating a diverse collection.  “A lot of the trees are the same and they are high,” said Landis Crawford.  

This is the first phase of the ongoing classification project, which will continue in mid-October as they progress into the scientific inquiry and classification units. Overall, the outdoor adventure of the classification project was well received. “The outside is a lot of fun, Jack, but sometimes you walk into spider webs,” said Jane Hetrick.

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