Hands-on Summer Science Learning for Glendale Students
Students in Glendale Middle School’s summer program have been busy exploring science through a collaboration with the Utah State University 4-H Extension program. They have participated in a series of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) experiences to encourage their personal understanding of Utah’s ecosystem and the world around them.
Students started with insects in their local community and were asked to observe and describe how the genetic variation of traits in the insect population can affect the probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. They participated in a scavenger hunt at Jordan Park, where they were asked to identify the insects and learned that over time, specific traits like camouflage, variation of body shape, speed, and drought tolerance contribute to the success of the species.
The learning continued with a trip to the Utan Museum of Natural History. There the students viewed the exhibits and extended their discussions about the probability of adaption, surviving, and reproducing in a specific environment.