Science Lab

The Murdock Science Lab is fully funded by MESF as part of our mission to provide resources that will enhance the learning environment and educational opportunities of the students at Murdock Elementary School.

In addition, Murdock’s Science Lab Garden has been consistently featured at Cobb County’s Master Garden Symposium and has been the only school garden to participate in Cobb County’s Tour of Gardens.

SPRING UPDATE

The final quarter at Murdock Elementary was filled with much exploring, explains and elaborating!  

Kindergarteners and first graders engaged in living and non-living discussions, planted seeds, and compared and contrasted animals! First grade student made our Murdock garden a HUGE success! We have a large supply of peas if you are in the area this summer!  On the last day of school Mrs. Granger’s class experimented with different shaped bubble wands to see if they could make different shaped free floating bubbles. 

       

Second graders spent the last week’s working on cycles; day and night, moon, and life cycles. They worked on understanding why the number daylight change as the seasons change. While using a “body board” they were actually able to see the moon cycle and how the light of the sun effects the shapes from earth. Compared and contrasted plant, amphibian, and insect life cycles. On the last day of school Mrs. Tate’s class experimented with different shaped bubble wands to see if they could make different shaped free floating bubbles. 

                       

Third graders spent the final quarter learning about materials from the earth and how they are made and recycled, then how to use these materials. Big challenge was to use the engineering process to create a solar oven to cook a hot dog. 

Mrs. Ruggiero’s class participated in a Skype session with Jane Goodall provided by Discovery Education. All were excited to learn of her efforts to be better scientists and conservationists!

Fourth graders were challenged to use common classroom object to find a potential sound for a symphony; studying sound. To complete the year they explored simple macchi es with a long time favorite- LEGOS!  The resource sure gave them challenges to build and name! On the Lat day of school,  Mrs. Thornton ‘s class engineered a mechanism out of a single sheet of paper to hold a reem of paper above the table without touching. One group quickly found that folding it and placing it in a circle held two reems. 

Fifth graders spent the majority of their time choosing a product to explain static electricity. Their products choices were provided in multiple intelligences style, so it was extremely fun to observe.  Congratulations Fifth graders!  Keep exploring!

Science Fair 2019 WINNERS

Congratulations to all the participating students for working so hard. This took much responsibility!

Thank you to the parents for their support in science and preparing our future.

Kids need knowledge, creation, and innovation to explore, experiment, and find interesting solutions to complex problems as they grow and going through the science fair builds these qualities. We are looking forward to students to invest their time in this worthy competition for 2020!

Our volunteer judges were mainly from the science field including several doctors (medical and engineering), professors from Kennesaw state, food engineers, and our Terrific Kids afterschool science club directors, to name a few! Their remarks centered on how impressed they were with the children’s work and communication skills.

Our winners include…

Kindergarten

3rd- Leo Schmidt –Spinning Tops: Does weight Impact the Top Spin Times?

2nd-Kingshuh Ganguli – How Much Salt Is Needed to Float in Water?

1st- Abree Park-Pom Poms Away!

FIRST Grade

3rd-Will Strydom- What Makes Shiny Pennies?

2nd-Smrithi Krishna- Nature’s Colors

1st- Adrija Chakraborty –How to Make Sound Louder

SECOND Grade

3rd- Marjorie Davis- Candy Crack!

2nd- Devansh Kant- Will It Glow?

1st- Elizabeth Reida- How Many Air Tubes Do I Need To Have To Feed the Fish?

THIRD Grade

3rd- Akshadha Mehta- Can the Color of a House Reduce the Energy Bill?

2nd- Taya Park- Hanging By a Thread

1st- Ravi Patel- Woo Took My Dirt?

FOURTH Grade

3rd- Andrew Reida-How Does Food Effect You Blood Sugar?

2nd-Sophia Vatistas- Density: Will it Sink? Or Will It Float?

1st- Micah Park – No Umbrella? No Problem!

FIFTH Grade

3rd- Jude Halley – Gravity in a Vacuum

2nd- Una Tesovic- How Hig Can I Drop An Egg on the Mattress with No Cracks?

1st- Eliza Saifee – Leaves, Show All Your Colors

Congratulations Murdock Mustangs family! The First Place Winners will move onto the County Fair February 9, 2019.

SCIENCE FAIR INFORMATION:

Dear Murdock Families,

It’s that time again to begin your science fair project. Please consider participating! Working on a science project at home is a great way to have fun learning along with your child the key concepts of science. The Murdock Science Fair is January 16, 2019.

The first thing to do is to discuss this with your child; consider a problem that you may have noticed and wondered why it seems to be happening or wonder about an area of science you are most interested. There are mainly three branches of science; physical science, life science, and earth science. Reading is the first step to realizing what problem to solve.

Write down questions as you are reading. Then choose one to design a test to answer the problem. The project must have a problem to solve with a “real-word” connection. Rather than picking a project to fulfill an assignment, choose something that will make a lasting impression. One example is a student of mine loved robotics and noticed a problem within her home security; the motion sensors within her home didn’t capture her movement at a low level near every entry so she developed a robot to monitor such. Then she designed a test to perform to develop a theory about the motion detection robot.

Your project must be tested AT LEAST THREE TIMES to be considered reliable.

There are many things to consider regarding safety as well as district requirements to move on to the Cobb-Paulding Regional Fair in March 2019. First and foremost the display board size must not exceed 30 inches deep, 40 inches wide, and 72 inches tall (from table to top).

For the safety of all, MANY objects are not allowed on the science fair board. We cannot do projects related to growing mold or bacteria, so getting your project content approved by me will be important BEFORE you begin. Just have your child bring their (written) purpose to me for approval to begin.

Begin with a purpose; the reason you are doing this particular experiment. It is usually a question that can be tested. An example: Does the height a tennis ball is dropped affect the rebound height it bounces? While I was playing catch with my friend I noticed the ball went higher after my friend dropped the ball than when I dropped the ball. My friend is taller than me and I wonder if this is the reason. So, if you are at a loss for ideas you might wish to explore www.sciencefaircentral.com or www.sciencebuddies.org

Let me know how I can help you make this a fun learning experience!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rosemarie Gondek

Science Lab Teacher

NEW Science Teacher  Introduction: 

Dear Murdock Elementary School Families,

We have a new Science Lab Teacher and her name is Rosemarie Gondek.  She relocated from Florida to be with her son, his wife, and her wonderful grandchildren after teaching in Palm Beach County for thirty years.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the lab.  As a two-time National Board Certificated Recipient, she has served as president of Palm Beach Science Educators Association,  participated in the PBC District science fair committee, and served as curriculum consultant for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  She is a teacher-trainer for Project Wild and a huge advocate for the environment!  She hopes “to serve this community with integrity, passion, and creativity!”  She is looking forward to collaborating with your child’s teacher and is excited to inspire students to find science everywhere!

Please help us welcome her to our wonderful community.

Sincerely,

Lynn Hamblett, Principal