Author: uaskynew

Sky School Finale

Dear diary, It’s the last day of Sky School and we had soooo much fun. It was super duper amazing. We completed our inquiry projects last night.  The posters were tantalizing.  Our science taste buds did an Irish river dance to the flavors of our research.  One student reported that “There was so much data

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The Pinch Testers’ Quest

We are the Pinch Testers, we study different types of soils by taking our fingers and pinching them and differentiating the composition of the soil. As we woke up this morning a surprise was waiting outside. We walked out the door and it was snowing! So unfortunately no pinch testing today. However we are finished

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I came here for hydrology and all I got was this lousy soil knife

The Trailblazers, led by hydrologist extraordinaire Kirstin, have had an eventful few days on Mt. Lemmon, marked by some of the sootiest soot, coldest snow, and dirtiest soil ever to have been encountered by an inquiry group in the storied history of the Sky School. We began our investigations into soil carbon levels on Thursday

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Flowing Wells High School – Harris Hawks at night

On our first day at Sky School, we traveled up Mount Lemmon for a night of astronomy and exploration. We set up an infrared camera trap to look for wildlife on our campus. We captured video of a white throated wood rat, yellow eyed junco, cliff chipmunk, and a mountain cottontail. Some animals were more

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Coolest tree on Mt Lemmon

We have all been up to Mt. Lemmon before, but this experience was the best. We took a phenomenal hike around the meadow loop trail and learned a lot about microorganisms and the dominant trees up here. We learned about Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and Quaking aspen. These awesome trees envelop the mountain. Also on

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Flowing Wells High School – Dirty Soilists, Have a Soily Day

We rolled up to Sky School in some in some swagged out jackets thanks to the Old Pueblo Rotary Club. We traveled up the mountain throughout the day collecting data. We already understood that atmospheric pressure and temperature changes with elevation, but we wondered if we would observe a similar trend using surface temperature data.

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There’s a hole in our aspen

Even though we’re leaving, Gregory School has had a lot of fun. This is what the Kick Aspen research group (mentored by Pacifica) has done so far: 1. As part of our research on the ages of Douglas firs and aspen trees, we bored holes in giant aspen trees with a special drill to remove

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Mighty Wind Cannot Blow this Group Down

Even though it was a horrendously windy day we did the unthinkable and went for a hike. The meadow was by far our favorite part of the mountain and was worth the hike. Once we got there we realized how awesome the meadow was and it protected us from the wind. We spent the next

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Lichen ya, lovin’ it!

The Hippie Gypsies (Phil’s group) Who’s cooler than The Gregory School? No one!!! No, really. We’ve spent the last two days on Mt. Lemmon hiking around, checking out rocks and lichen, and doing cool science experiments. And, it’s pretty cold out. We are lichen it a lot. We’ve been getting a lot of lichtures. We

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Crick Crack

On our second day in Sky School, we went to collect data for our experiment. We hiked through the woods and found an opening. We measured the temperature and diameter of the trees surrounding us. On our twenty-fourth tree, we decided to take a snack break. We had pretzels and popcorn. When we were eating

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