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Sunfish Science Wiki

This year, you will be part of the process of creating a wiki for our 7th grade science class. Many of you are probably familiar with Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.  The basic idea of a wiki is that it is a website that can be edited by multiple users. You will be receiving a username and password to edit the Williamson Science Wiki.  Our wiki will start out with a number of sections: one for each of our main units this year, one for the service project, and a 7th grade science Glossary.  As we go through the year, each of you will be responsible for adding certain kinds of information to the wiki.  Hopefully, the wiki will go through LOTS of changes as the year moves along.  You can get a preview of the wiki by clicking the link below or in the Links to the right.

Sunfish Science Wiki

For more information about wikis, here’s a short video from Common Craft that explains wikis in a very simple fashion:

Astro-Ferret…no, really…

Yesterday, we began discussing the atmosphere, what it is, and what gases it contains. But why are those gases important for our planet? Today you will be working through a site from NASA where you will take on the role of an Atmospheric Chemist. Your job will be to document the effects of changing the amounts of five atmospheric gases: Nitrogen, Water Vapor, Carbon Dioxide, Oxygen, and Ozone. You will need to tell the effects on temperature, plant life, animal life, weather, and any other effects you notice. Record your information in the data sheet provided.

If you finish the Atmospheric Science Training module, then you may try the Atmospheric Science Mission which has you investigate the possibility of humans living on Mars and Venus.

AstroVenture Atmospheric Science Training

AstroVenture Atmospheric Science Mission (only after completing the training module)