PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: Sept. 18, 2003
Students can explore science during "Snooping
The inaugural event will allow children in grades K-8 and their parents
to engage in outdoor science investigations designed to pique curiosity,
encourage thoughtful observation and instill a love of the natural sciences.
The Science Snooping Day programs fulfill some of the State of Michigan
Education Benchmarks and Standards for Science Education. Program activities
will reinforce concepts children learn in school by providing a real-world
context in the enjoyable natural surroundings of the campus's Environmental
Participants in the kindergarten program will listen, smell, feel and
taste their way through different habitats in the Environmental Study
Area. The children will then express and interpret their discoveries through
sketching, coloring and painting.
Students in the 1st and 2nd grade program will focus on forest discovery
by identifying different kinds of trees using bark, buds, branches and
Participants in the 3rd and 4th grade program will learn about plant
diversity and discuss why certain plants grow in certain places and how
an ecosystem might change over time. This group also will investigate
several habitats to find the types of invertebrate animals living there
and will use bug boxes and magnifying glasses to categorize the creatures.
Students in the 5th and 6th grade program will learn about the hydrologic
cycle and the movement of water. While walking along the Natural Areas,
participants will discuss the path water takes across land into rivers,
and ultimately into oceans.
Participants in the 7th and 8th grade program will visit the Rouge River,
graph the river channel using gathered data, and use an orange to find
out how fast it is flowing by using simple methods of measurement and
All students will have a choice to attend one of two sessions, either
a morning session from 10 a.m. to noon or an afternoon session from 1
p.m. to 3 p.m.
Science Snooping Day is free, but registration is required. To register, or for more information, call (313) 593-5338 or visit www.umd.umich.edu/dept/na/scienceday.html.