5th grade students at WDE explored the nervous system, the digestive system,  and the circulatory system during Science Focus Center. They completed experiments investigating these systems. Students examined the nervous system by experimenting with reaction time and things that could impact those times such as lack of sleep, etc. The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord, and it's purpose is to control all of the body's activities. Then they used ropes across the classroom to compare the length of the large and small intestines. The large and small intestines are part of the digestive system. The students then investigated the circulatory system and learned that blood is made mostly of water, red blood cells carry oxygen, plasma transports nutrients and removes waste, white blood cells fight infections, and platelets control clotting.  The students had a great time being able to see these systems in action. 

Left to Right: Stephanie Leiba, Rihanna Townsend, McKenzie Beck, Brionna Harris, Trenton Dunnigan, Blaze Davis, Kristian Polanco-Gonzalez

Left: Elizabeth Andersen, Center: Adrian Cuica, Right: Aiden McCormick

Blaze Davis

Front Groups: Aiden McCormick, Ava Edwards, Rihanna Townsend, McKenzie Beck, Simeon Schumpert
Background: Adriana Martin Alonzo, Trenton Dunnigan, Tyler Penn, Kristian Polanco-Gonzalez

Left: Blaze Davis, Right: Jacob Crooks

Blaze Davis, Aiden McCormick

Left: Tyler Penn, Right: Kristian Polanco-Gonzalez

Front Left to Right: Preston Givens, Stephanie Leiba, Jacob Crooks, Brionna Harris
Background Left to Right: Elizabeth Andersen, Adriana Martin Alonzo, Trenton Dunnigan, Adrian Cuica

Submitted by Jessica Dawkins