The Dissection by Michael S and Michael J





On January 25, 2013, in Mr. Bryson’s Green class, we dissected a perch fish. Michael J, Michael S, and Julia were all paired together for the dissection. First, we had to get all the meat off the fish. So we cut through the anus and along a line that ran parallel to the top of the fish. We also cut off the pectoral fin in the process. After that Michael J had to put his finger in the fish’s mouth to feel the teeth. The fish’s mouth is hard to get open and requires strong hands. After that we looked in our fish and discovered it was female. It was a very big and mature fish and it had a lot of eggs. Next, we had to remove the ovaries and look at the organs. Julia was grossed out at this point so she decided to just take pictures. We took the organs out and placed them on the dissection tray. Then we examined the organs. After the dissection we had to wash our tools in soapy water and take our gloves off and wash our hands. The dissection was a very gross but interesting process.

My Visit to the Life and Science Museum by Davi

These are some photos from my visit to the Life and Science Museum of Durham.

Imagine yourself in the habitat of these animals. Type what you would say, then what the animal would say, or do. I will put captions on the animals so that you can tell what they are.

Golden Dart Frog: Phyllobates terribilis

Black Widow Spider: Latrodectus

Science Olympiad by: Ashwin S.

Science Olympiad Logo

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Two week’s back I went and participated in the science olympiad regionals competition. The whole team had been working hard since the beginning of the year. Our goal was to get to the states competition. To get to states you have to place in the top 5 schools. The way that the competition works is that all school s have to participate in events. The higher you place in a event the less points you get. If you don’t compete on a event you get minus 25 points. Your trying to get the least amount of points possible. I competed in three events. I did Mission Possible where you have to make a machine that does a number of tasks and then completes a final task, it has to follow all the rules the judges set though. I also did Reach for the Stars where we learn stuff about the stars and then take a test. My final event was Food Science where you have to learn the chemistry of food then take a test on it. When I came to the competition I was really nervous, but it turns out we had a ton of free time at the competition. We used most of our time taking turns playing Minecraft on peoples computers. My first event was Reach for the Stars. The test was really long and much harder than we expected but we still did well. My second event was Food Science which had a short test but we messed up on the test. My final event was Mission Possible which we did super well in! In the awards ceremony we were really scared because we weren’t sure whether we made it to states. Then they announced that Durham Academy made 5th place and qualified for states! I even got a second place medal for Mission Possible! Hopefully, we can make it to nationals but we have to make 1st place to make it. It was a really fun experience and you should try joining the team too! They have awesome snacks at the competition. Wish us luck for the states competition!!!

My Science Project: Chinchilla by Cheyse L.

For my science project I chose the chinchilla. I named my chinchilla Jessie, a long-tailed, and her friend Nina. Jessie talks all about her habitat, her physical appearance, her diet, her current status, and her reproduction cycle. Here are some cool facts about chinchillas:

  • Chinchillas are nocturnal animals.
  • Chinchillas fur is the most valuable fur in the world.
  • Chinchillas weigh up to about 1.8 pounds.
  • Chinchillas can live up to twenty year and some live longer.
  • Chinchilas release fur when caught by a predator.
If you want to know more you can read my article later. I’m excited about the finished product and I glad I chose the chinchilla. I hope you enjoyed reading this. Thank you for reading.

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My Science Project: The Tiger by Haley C

For my project in science, I am studying the tiger. I did the tiger because I love how pretty and graceful they are, and I have always wanted to know facts about them. It’s easy to find facts about them because they are so interesting. And in the encyclopedias, there is always a big section on them. At first, all I knew about the tiger was that they are the largest in the cat family, that they were usually reddish-orange, and that they had black stripes. But now I know how they live, how old they can live to be, what they like to eat, and if they’re friendly to one another or if they’re not. I am very happy I chose the tiger for my animal report.


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Which Species Are The Best? By Ryan H

Komodo Dragon

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For science class, we had to talk about why either fish, reptiles, or amphibians are better made for adapting and surviving. I said that reptiles were because they can survive on land and in water. Plus reptiles have strong powerful legs (except for snakes) for climbing, swimming, or walking. In many places reptiles are at the top of the food chain and eat both fish and amphibians.

What do you think? Comment on your opinion please!

Edublog: First Thoughts + New Technology By Cole D.

This is my first blog post. I think that Edublogs is a great place to to share ideas, learn, be creative, and interact with others. I am very excited to be writing articles and sharing them. I’m very thankful that we have such amazing technology, while others don’t have anything basically. Edublogs is one of the best technologies on the web in my opinion. I am writing this article to tell everyone that Edublogs is amazing. I think that if more people get an Edublogs account, it will change modern technology. For example, no more wasted trees by printing thousands of paper newspapers. Therefore, all newpapers would be on the Internet. Also, in the 1800s, they had no technology at all basically. And then think about now, with people texting each other things like “lol”, and many more abbreviations. Also, Siri, built into the new Apple iPhone 4S, can do basically anything you ask it. For example, you could say: Siri, find a shopping center near here. Next thing you know, BOOM! There’s a map showing all shopping centers within a 10-mile radius of your location. I think that technology is catching up very fast.

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