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Hands-on learning in new LWHS classroom addition
Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings?
With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms. The new addition — funded by the 2019 capital construction levy — opened in the fall and is now known as the North Wing.
In Andrea Thody’s chemistry class, students learned about polymers and borate ions while they made slime in a cup. They stretched, squeezed and bounced the slime before putting it in a plastic bag, washing their hands and helping to tidy the classroom for summer school.
Next door in biology, J. Ryan Palmer and his students were dissecting chicken wings to learn how muscles, tendons and bones interact in the body. Students flexed and extended the muscles and tendons in the wing to make it move back and forth. A camera focused on the dissection allowed virtual students to follow along with their chicken wings at home. As they finished the lab, Mr. Palmer explained the cleanup process, which was written on the whiteboard-covered cupboards.