Our Science Lab
On Thursday, February 10, 2011, we held the Grand Opening of our Science Lab at DBP. Parents, teachers, and children got their first look at the beautiful murals, classroom animals, unusual specimens, books, and a variety of manipulatives that are used to provide a hands-on experience for our students.
The one-of-a-kind murals will take you to the waters’ edge of a pond. You feel like you are standing among the animals as they swim, walk, or fly by. Some of the murals depict the life cycle of a frog, caterpillar, or bird. Each time you look at them, you discover a new and amazing animal. Ming-Su Wang, a beloved teacher at DBP, painted all of the murals. We thank her from the bottom of our hearts for sharing her wonderful gift with us.
We have a sweet Russian Tortoise named Tillie, a curious Bearded Dragon named Louie (Pasteur), four Fire-bellied Toads, and an aquarium with assorted swimming beauties!
Our lab includes unique specimens such as: an alligator skull, turtle shell, emu and ostrich eggs, a variety of bird nests, wasps’ nest, ‘found’ butterflies and bugs, horseshoe crab exoskeleton, sharks teeth, and more! We are always on the lookout for new donations!
We have many non-fiction books with beautiful photographs to help children see what they can only imagine. Manipulatives are used to show how simple machines work; equipment and supplies are on hand to conduct a wide variety of experiments.
Paula Costello is our inventive Science teacher, Monday through Friday for our Toddlers, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s. She provides a diverse assortment of hands-on experiences, games, and experiments. Taking care of and feeding the animals is a favorite activity for all of the classes!
A new addition to the lab is an Epson Interactive Whiteboard. We are excited to have the ability to view world science events and wildlife habitats; along with the addition of fun, interactive software for early childhood classrooms.
The children continue to inspire us to improve the lab through their inquisitive nature, and thirst for learning.