This week, Mike Samale’s seventh grade science class was experimenting with pill bugs. Mr. Samale describes a culminating event in the process, saying, “Students have designed their own inquiry questions, hypotheses, and experiments based on their learning of the scientific method. Their test subjects are pill bugs, also known as “roly-poly” bugs. As these test subjects are living things, the students also get to demonstrate their recently acquired knowledge about the characteristics and needs of living things. This served as the framework for building their questions and hypotheses. And finally, no animal was harmed during this production. The bugs were given a time-out complete with water, food and moist dirt, after volunteering their time as a test subject. Now at the end, the bugs will be released into the garden where they can help aerate the soil!”
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.