This week, while learning about biology, our kids discussed MOLD and talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly of it. And there are both bad and GOOD things about mold, believe it or not! According to Wikipedia: "Some molds cause disease or food spoilage; others play an important role in biodegradation or in the production of various foods, beverages, antibiotics and enzymes." So this week, students are experimenting with creating mold.
Ms. Brittnay, our Science Specialist and 1st Grade Teacher, got the lovely folks at Panera Bread to donate some of their old loaves in the name of science. Each student got a piece of bread and were asked to choose up to three ingredients from the refrigerator that they thought might help speed up the mold growing process. We then sealed the bread slices in individual baggies, with our names and ingredient choices written on the bags. The baggies were hung on the bulletin board for the purposes of "observation" but we think that as the week--and the mold--goes on, we might rethink our location.
Also, please check out the slideshow below to see the results of our Eggs In Vinegar Experiment! Can you believe that the egg shells disintegrated and the eggs were able to bounce?! Check it out!