ASD Science News

Grade 4 Dugong Presentation

posted Feb 23, 2015, 10:21 PM by Gabrielle Faull   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 10:36 PM ]

On Tuesday 27th January Dr. Jennifer Dupont from Exxon Mobil Research visited ASD to share the current research in Qatar of the vulnerable dugong.  The Grade 4 students have currently been studying ecosystems, in particular the harmful or beneficial affects humans can have on species.

Dr. Dupont is a marine biologist working in Qatar to learn more about the dugong's presence in the Arabian Gulf.  Some of the interesting things learned include: the dugong is most closely related to the elephant.  An adult is approximately 3m long and the oldest specimen found to date was 73 years old.  They weigh about 600kg and can hold their breath for up 8 minutes underwater.  

There are an estimated 6000 dugongs believed to live in the gulf but scientists need to collect more  data to understand the movement, behaviour, breeding and feeding habits of the dugong so protective measures can be put in place to help ensure its survival.



4th grade field trip makes headlines!

posted Dec 5, 2011, 3:10 AM by Nick Mitchell   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 9:54 PM by Gabrielle Faull ]

The 4th grade's field trip to the Doha Zoo was featured in the Qatar Tribune today! Click here to read the article about the trip. 

Parent's Curriculum Night

posted Sep 28, 2011, 12:21 AM by Nick Mitchell

In case you missed the Curriculum Night for parents this week, you can watch Mr. Mitchell's presentation about our science curriculum here

Welcome back to school!

posted Sep 8, 2011, 4:16 AM by Nick Mitchell   [ updated Sep 8, 2011, 4:18 AM ]

Mr. Mitchell is very excited for the new school year, especially because there's a new place to learn science at ASD! This year the Outdoor Classroom will be opening for elementary students to do all sorts of cool science projects outside. We'll be growing a garden, putting up bird feeders, checking weather instruments, observing insects, and adding new living things to the pond. See you soon!

Science Fair Champions!

posted Aug 28, 2011, 6:44 AM by Nick Mitchell   [ updated Aug 28, 2011, 6:52 AM ]

Congratulations to Team 29 from 5E for coming in first place out of all 5th grade teams in the NESA Virtual Science Fair. Their science fair experiment investigating how oil affects the growth of aquatic plants is an outstanding example of a well-planned and carefully-conducted experiment. Next fall they will receive their champion certificates signed by the U.S. State Department, and ASD will be presented with the trophy. Congrats again to all our stellar 5th grade scientists!

4th Grade Visits the Doha Zoo

posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:54 AM by Nick Mitchell   [ updated Apr 20, 2011, 8:49 AM ]

As part of their ecosystem unit, the 4th grade visited the Doha Zoo. While at the zoo they participated in a series of activities about ecosystems that were planned by ASD High School students as part of their IB Diploma service project. The students also critiqued the Doha Zoo as though they were zoo designers, and at the end of their science unit they will be designing new ecosystems to improve the zoo. 

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