Washington University in St. Louis

mySci Summer Professional Development Institutes 

By myralopez on May 13, 2020 in mySci, Teacher Leadership, Workshop

We are excited to share our summer professional development offerings for mySci educators. Sessions are open to mySci teachers as well as administrators in mySci districts . Would you like to grow your science instructional practice this summer? Choose the professional growth option that suits yo...

Survival Instinct

By WashU on April 2, 2020 in Everyday mySci

Explore how plants and animals respond to their surroundings. Activities: Observe and record how a pet or wild animal’s behavior changes for as long as you can. https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/experiment-with-animal-behavior Play a ruler drop game. See how long ...

Sunlight Makes Colors Fade

By WashU on April 2, 2020 in Everyday mySci

Activity:  Have you ever noticed that sunlight makes colors fade? Gather brightly colored paper, several pennies or other shapes like legos or building blocks. Find a spot outside that gets several hours of sunlight and arrange them to form a pattern or design. Wait 4-6 hours and then remove the ...

Are All Seeds the Same?

By WashU on April 2, 2020 in Everyday mySci

Activity:  Using a packet of mixed wildflower seeds or bird seed, ask your child to sort the seeds by properties they observe. Maybe they can sort the seeds by size, by color, or by shape. Count how many different kinds of seeds there are. Questions to Ask:  Which seeds are the largest? Which see...

From Sun to Food

By WashU on April 1, 2020 in Everyday mySci

Explore the interactions of living (plants, animals) and nonliving (water, light and air) parts of the environment. Then think about what living things need to grow. Activities: If you have dry beans at your house, soak them and see if they sprout. See if they can grow without air, without water,...

How Do Clouds Form in the Sky?

By WashU on March 27, 2020 in Everyday mySci

Activity: Using a mason jar with a lid, boiling water, a little hairspray and some ice cubes you can make a cloud in a jar. First boil about 1/3 cup of water and add it to the jar. Quickly spritz a bit of hairspray in the jar and add the lid upside down to the […]

Life Cycles

By WashU on March 27, 2020 in Everyday mySci

Explore the similarities and differences of life cycles of plants and animals. Activities: Grow a plant from seed and watch its life cycle from birth, to growth, to seed production, to death. Observe plants around your house or neighborhood in different life cycle stages. Draw realistic pictures of...

Plants and Animals in Your Yard

By WashU on March 27, 2020 in Everyday mySci

How do plants and animals interact? How do ecosystems change over time? Activities: Make a list of the living and nonliving things in your yard or neighborhood. Use the free iNaturalist app to identify the kinds of plants and animals in your yard or neighborhood. Try to make a food chain from thi...