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Science = Exploration in Tahoe

Comunity submitted photoVia e-mail to Second graders Octavio Diaz, left, and Jacob Collins from Mrs. Tavernier's class at the Tahoe Lake Elementary School science fair.

NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; SWEP (Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships) took science exploration and observation to every student, kindergarten through fifth grades, with a Science Fair assembly and individual grade level science fair projects at Kings Beach, Tahoe Lake and North Tahoe Elementary Schools through funding support from the Tahoe Lake and Kings Beach Elementary PTOand#8217;s and Excellence in Education. All these projects will be show cased at the upcoming school Open Houses:

Kings Beach Elementary Open House, May 25 at 6 p.m.

Tahoe Lake Elementary Open House, May 27 at 6 p.m.

North Tahoe School Open House, May 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Whole school participation! First SWEP engaged students through whole school assemblies, then through whole class science fair project experimentation which required team work, encouraged experimentation, inquiry and the use of variables. If you want to learn about the structure of a cell, you can look it up in a science textbook, but you would not be doing science. If you looked at cells under a microscope, then you would be doing science. Science is a method of learning, a systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Scientists learn by observation and more often by experiment.

Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships promotes environmental stewardship by connecting students to their community and local environment through comprehensive watershed education and service learning. We have been partnering with local land managers, businesses and nonprofits since 1994 to engage students in hands-on monitoring and restoration projects. We were excited to present the Lakeside K-5 students with the Science Fair assembly and workshops for 2010!

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Ways to support SWEP: Attend the Tahoe Gal fundraiser on Lake Tahoe June 3 or volunteer at one of our many field days. Call 525-9457 for more information.

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