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Journey: Session 6, Week 2

Quest this week started with learning about the different atom models and how they changed throughout the years. The Falcons worked with their squad to understand and draw each model, including Democritus, Thomson Rutherford, Bohr, and the Quantum Theory. The next topic the Falcon explored was acids and bases. After understanding what acids and bases are, they crafted an experiment to check whether a solution is an acid or a base using red cabbage as an indicator. Check the weekly pictured to see some of their findings :) The Quest ended up with Cooking-Friday, where the learned played tressure hunt with complex chemistry challenges to get the recipe and materials of homemade ice cream! It was fun and sweet.

For Civ, the learners had an exciting discussion about Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union armies to victory during the Civil War, and later became the 18th President of the United States (1869–1877). One of the questions that the Falcons debated was:

Grant’s wartime strategy of “total war” made him many enemies. Is it better for a military commander to be completely ruthless and win a war quickly, no matter the atrocities, or have many restrictive rules of engagement to fight a more humane war, even if the conflict drags on for years?

For the Wednesday morning launch, the Falcons discussed this exciting dilemma:

Imagine you are the owner of a ‘cultural restaurant’ and brand yourself as having “authentic cuisine” do you:

  • Purchase only more expensive ingredients available in the region you are representing or

  • Purchase the cheapest ingredients possible that are roughly the same in taste

Is this an ethical decision or a financial question?

On Thursday morning, the Journey Falcons (along with the Discovery Flaocns) participated in a stream assessment where they learned how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates. Macroinvertebrates are indicator species in assessing how healthy our waterways are. Learners will become familiar with supplies needed to conduct the assessment, where to look for specific macroinvertebrates, indicators of a healthy stream, and how to record data.

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