In science, students are identifying issues regarding how we use forests and the various perspectives that arise from our inquiry. This week, students walked trails in Cochrane and identified species that inhabited that woodland. A mystery species of shrub was given to the students to identify using their Alberta Tree Guides on their iPads. The nature walk was followed with a tour of a sawmill where students saw the benefits of forestry, from fuelling our economy to providing building materials for future growth and development. This is a great example of experiential learning and witnessing how we use forests in our everyday lives.
In mathematics, the ability to factor numbers up to 100 was "tested" up against the logical mind of a computer, using an online game. The Factor Game has students work against a computer opponent to get the most points for naming the factors of numbers displayed on a grid.The challenge requires some strategy, and factoring knowledge. After playing for a while, one student, emailed, "Take that, computer!" after she was declared the victor.