Friday, April 26, 2013

Arbor Day - Celebrating Trees

Arbor Day celebrates planting trees - but it's a good time to get to know a tree growing in your neighborhood a little better.

Use your senses of sight, hearing, touch and smell to describe your tree. Is it like the other trees around it? Is it taller or shorter? What about its bark, or leaves? What about the shape of your tree? Is there any way you can figure out how tall it is?

Why did you choose this particular tree? What kind is it?

Try to visit it once a week and take a picture or draw a picture of your tree. What sort of changes do you notice over the year?

You might recall that back in October I mentioned a young man who created a tree-like model for an array of solar panels. His name is Aidan Dwyer. Here's a video of him explaining how he came up with the idea and, most importantly, how his generation can use science to make our world a better place.

The Secret of Trees | Albert Maysles from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

This post is part of STEM Friday round-up.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful reminder of a simple way to get to know our local tree friends!

    And the "Secret of Trees" video was so inspiring.