At Ramirez Thomas Elementary School, science comes alive for first graders, as they use bubbles to study wind patterns. The activity is part of a Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation project bringing science into classrooms.
The students got their science kits and notebooks ready while being observed by teacher Rita Rios-Baca and Principal Loretta Booker. “Hooray!” they shouted as the were given the go ahead to begin their exploration.
Shortly they were outside, blowing bubbles and noting how they moved with the wind. In a sense, they were scientific detectives. They spoke in groups about what they saw and made notes, plotting the movement of the bubbles and correlation to movement of grass, bushes and tree limbs in the wind. They noted that bubbles moved in various directions, and recorded the patterns in relation to the wind.
The project is a hands on learning approach designed to make students excited about a topic that they may see as boring or challenging, or believe is too technologically advanced.
“For me it brings science to life,” said Booker. She used the foundation science kits when she was a kindergarten teacher at Salazar Elementary School several years ago.