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Specialty Spotlight: Science

To borrow from and add to the inertia of their classroom study of ancient Egypt, Grade 6 students took a break from their genetics studies in Science to focus on mummification.

Using apples from the garden, students carved and weighed miniature heads and packed them in salt. Over several cycles of weighing and repacking (and even using a food desiccator), we saw the original mass of the heads decrease substantially as water was lost, mirroring the mummification process.

The final step will be to mount the heads on foam bodies and wrap them for full effect.

Hopefully, this activity will also provide a smooth, if grisly, transition into our forensics unit!

Chip Edwards, Science Teacher

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