S: Sky Ranch By: Dylan D.
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FC: My Sky Ranch Experience By: Dylan D.
1: This is what I did while I was at Sky Ranch.
2: Forces in Nature | During forces of nature, we talked about rocks, friction and gravity, weathering and erosion, and we built rockets.
3: Rocks | The three types of rocks are: Sedimentary, Igneous,and Metamorphic. To get Igneous rocks, rock have to melt down into lava. Then they cool and turn into Igneous Rocks! To get a Sedimentary Rock, there have to be bits and pieces of other rocks that merge together somehow, and to get a Metamorphic rock, a rock has to go through intense heat and pressure.
4: Weathering & Erosion | The force of Weathering is breaking things apart into smaller new pieces. The force of Erosion is transporting those small pieces into a new area.
5: Gravity & Friction | During this activity, we forced The COLEMINATOR and the MARTIN MACHINE to go down a zipline and used the forces of friction and gravity to our advantage to slow them down or speed them up.
6: Rockets | At this station, we built rockets for different purposes, like to go far, near, average, or exploding. My group built the exploding rocket, which means that it should not go any distance at all in the end, when we tested it, it did not explode because it was too thick.
7: Limnology | During Limnology classes, we learned about the many different ways water can travel, and we also experimented on whether the water at the lake was healthy or not.
8: Water Transportation | While we were here, we learned about how water moves around the Earth and the many different forms it can take. For example,
9: Healthy, or not? | During this class, we went to the lake and tried to decide if it was healthy or not. Healthy means that it can sustain life. During the investigation, we poked and prodded mud in the lake to see if there were any bugs in it. We found: mosquito larvae, a baby spider, and a tiny, wormlike bug.
10: Expeditions | During expeditions, we got to see and learn about many interesting animals. We also looked at different soil samples, and observed Sky Ranch's forests.
11: Petting Zoo | While we were at this class, we learned about Bearded Dragons and Red-tailed Boas. Bearded Dragons live in the desert and are omnivores, and Red-tailed Boas live in the jungle and are carnivores. We also learned about Green Iguanas and Corn Snakes. Green Iguanas live in the jungle and are omnivores. Corn snakes live in the grasslands and eat only meat (Carnivore).
12: Soil Decomposition | For this class, we looked at four different soil times at different times in time. First we looked at the first soil sample which consisted of mostly sand and leaves. Then we looked at a one month sample. That had many leaves and some branches in it. Next we looked at a six month sample which just had chunks of tree bark in it. Finally we looked at a one year soil sample. It had small pieces of wood and very tiny leaf pieces in it.
13: Outdoor Observation | And last but not least... Outdoor Observation! In the first area, the Zip Tower, I saw much sand with sticks, rocks, and leaves in it. There is grass, but very little. Also, sunlight is streaming through the trees. In area number two, the Zip Ladder Deck, I saw many live plants. I also noticed that sunlight was shining halfway throughout the area. In area number three, I saw that it was mostly covered in shade, and that there were many fallen trees.