A very big thank to Washington State University and the United States Department of Agriculture.
Chief Looking Village
A few moons ago in 2008, a group of archeologists from the Colorado based Paleo-Cultural Research Group visited the historic american indian living quarters of the Mandan people, "Chief Looking Village." In the summer 2015, Mark Mitchell and Chris Johnston returned with a question, "What happened at Chief Looking Village?" The small fortification wall and trash pits pointed to a very short stay, about 20 years. These are the first clues to the 500 year old archaeological mystery on the bluff, "Why did the villagers leave so soon?"
Camp YaGottaWanna had the unique experience to work side by side, under the sun with the Mark, Chris and the archaeological students. What we've learned so far has led to even more questions and a revision to the hypothesis. With much to do, the Paleo-Cultural crew will return in the Summer of 16.
Adding to our collaboration for exploration, we're teaming up with the ND Historical Society for a dig that goes beyond.
Science, Technology, Engineering Art Math
STEAM integrates all the things we love about science, technology, engineering, art, and math into our after school conversation. Problems are seldom easily solved without a good understanding of the causation and the effect of a proposed solution. So it's critically important kids learn skill sets which will help drive them to a more in-depth approach when identifying the problem, "Are we seeing the full picture?"
Creating the hypothesis and developing a theory in order to see the full picture, we need to start out with a hypothesis. "What is it we think we are seeing?" Once we have our hypothesis the real fun begins, investigation. Gathering information, the kids will begin to test their hypothesis to develop a theory.
Ag in the Kitchen...
..stirs the essential elements of exploration by using experiential art.
The kids might take on everyday headlines such as
GMOs" genetically modified organisms, label reading,
or investigating whole foods. To understand the science behind the
headline, we'll head to the test kitchen to experiment.
In 2015 research subject - high protein flour. A rather dry subject is suddenly
made a more interesting by adding sugar, eggs, baking soda and vanilla.
By baking multiple batches of cookies using different flour we begin to see a
correlation between protein and glutton formation.