Your Learning Connection | Vol. 11
Did you know that octopuses have three hearts? And a beak?! Take a look at the octopus video below for an introduction to the octopuses living at Seacoast Science Center. Find out more about how we are raising the two-spot octopus babies at SSC in this Octopus Blog Post. To see more cool images and even more fun facts, head to Octopus Facts to learn more about these amazing cephalopods.
Octopuses have some awesome adaptations, including shooting ink when they are threatened. Try this mini-experiment to see how octopus ink helps an octopus hide: Why Does an Octopus Have Ink?
Have to Have a Habitat!
What is a habitat? A habitat is where an animal lives and finds its food, water and shelter. Try Habitat Match to pair animals with their homes. To find out more about different types of habitats, including the ocean, head to National Geographic’s Habitats. What would be your favorite habitat to live in? Can you Build a Shelter that would work well in your habitat?
Have you ever noticed patterns, symmetry, or similarities amongst different things in nature? Nature repeats itself a lot, and over the years scientists, artists, and even mathematicians have taken notice! The Fibonacci Sequence is a mathematical pattern that can be found over and over again throughout nature. We talk about the Fibonacci Spiral, which can be explained by simple number patterns. Learn more about this golden ratio from How Stuff Works, and check out Make Your Own Fibonnacci Spiral to get creative with this awesome pattern.
Want to get more exact when making your spiral? This tutorial walks you through the ratios step by step!
Egg Drop Challenge
Have you ever wondered how birds and fish protect their eggs from cracking or breaking? Bird nests can be made out of feathers, dried grasses, mud, moss, sticks, and some birds even use their own spit! The nest of a bald eagle can weigh up to three tons! Some birds, like the burrowing owl, even build their nests in the ground in order to prevent their eggs from falling and breaking. To learn more about some amazing bird’s nests watch SciShow’s Nest Video.
Some birds put their eggs in densely woven nests that are deep enough to protect them from wind and rain. Most nests are also sat upon by the parent birds in order to protect against predators and keep the eggs warm. If a nest is knocked out of a tree or from its resting place, the nest itself protects the eggs by adding air resistance against gravity and adding cushion for the landing. Now it’s your turn! Try this fun Egg Drop Challenge to test your skills and create a device to protect an egg from breaking.