Science









At Hayground children are exposed to science and scientific thinking is different ways.  One way is through working with a scientist-in-residence.  A small group of students may work with a visiting research scientist on his or her own research, or may develop a research project with a group of students.  The students are more like apprentices, analogous to research assistants that a professor might hire, and they may work intensively with the scientist for several weeks at a time. They are able to create and build upon their knowledge base and ask questions throughout their research experience to develop their conceptual knowledge, field and lab techniques and to continue the research beyond the initial question. Examples of projects that have been done with the scientist in residence include studying bugs in local ponds (benthic inverts), mapping coastal erosion, testing differences in soil chemistry among farming communities and native ecosystems and studying the
effects of acid rain on plants.

Another way students explore and learn scientific concepts is in their classrooms.  Some of the scientific studies teachers have developed within their programs include:  chemistry, botany, nutrition, astronomy, ecological and environmental studies, marine and pond life, cartography, engineering and alternate energy sources. 
 
Some outstanding science projects that Hayground Students have undertaken are:

The planting of thousands of beach grass seedlings on the eroding ocean dunes in Sagaponack.

The collection and reconstruction of a whole deer skeleton, found by one of the students.

A,study of birds, as bird watchers.

A study of Long Islands local seashore as beach combers.

Children studied the “heavens” through the keeping of moon journals.

A study of animal tracking where students became naturalists, read and discussed  nature writing and kept nature journals.

The “Hayground History House:” a large house constructed out of strands of various aspects of the history  of the planet, painted on remay cloth and woven together;
ultimately displayed at The Parrish Art Museum..