Virtual Science Classes

Update for week of 1/10/22 – 1/14/22

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Dear Families

By now you have probably learned that classes will be shifting to virtual learning next week. I want to start by acknowledging what a scary and stressful situation this is for so many of us. Personally it feels a little like déjà vous of March 2020 all over again. Please know that I am here to support in whatever ways I can.

Preparing for Science Class

In order to provide some sense of normalcy for the kiddos, I’m hoping to run a fun, hands-on, and educational class with my students this week. As much as possible I’m hoping it will be a class like any other except that it is on Zoom instead of in person.

Hopefully you have heard from your kids that we have spent our last few lessons learning about the science behind COVID-19 and vaccines (You can see the whole unit I am teaching at This week we will be digging into how vaccines can protect not just individuals, but whole communities through a process called herd immunity. In order to help students understand this concept we will be doing an activity using dominos and tape. I’m hoping that families have kept their science kits from last year, and will help kids prepare for class by finding the tape and dominos that should be in bag #2.

If you no longer have access to the science kits, I will be with other staff at Lorin Eden tomorrow helping to pass out additional materials from 3:00-5:00 PM. The k-2 pick up will be from 3:00-4:00 PM and the 3-6 pick up will be from 4:00-5:00 PM. In addition to the dominos and tape, I will be providing 6th grade students in Room 15 with a quarter teaspoon of quinoa. I will also have paper copies of worksheets that I will be handing out. (If you already have the dominos and tape and are not able to make it to school tomorrow you can print out those worksheets for your kids here).

If you do pick up any materials tomorrow, consider bringing your child with you, as there will be a pediatric vaccine clinic being held on site!


To prevent confusion, I will be asking teachers to allow me to co-host the meetings that they are already using with their class. So kids can use the same link for science as they are using with their classroom teacher.

Below is the tentative schedule for science next week by classroom teacher.

9:00- 9:30No Class -Teacher Prep DayRoom 19 
Ms. Swoops
Room 1
Ms. Zataray
Room 11
Ms. Dore
Room 17
Ms. Richards
9:40- 10:10Room 20
Mr. Roudabush
Room 2
Ms. Suarez
Room 8
Ms. Soares
Room 12
Ms. Parr
10:20-10:50Room 7
Ms. Williams
Room 3
Ms. Baxter
11:00-11:30Room 15
Ms. Rodriguez
I’d like to ask students to make sure that they are on Zoom at least 5 minutes before class starts so we can say “hi” and make sure our technology is working.


To help provide updated information I have revived this website. I will try my best to keep it updated as situations change.

As always please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay Curious!

Mr. Stuart

Science Fair (Grades 4-6)

The Science Fair is coming virtually this year to Hayward! You can learn more about it on the STEAM showcase website.

Submit your Project to the HUSD Showcase! Due 5/10/21

In order to win a prize from the Lorin Eden Science Fair, you need to submit your prize to the HUSD STEAM Showcase using this form.

Improve your project to get more points using this checklist as a guide.

Science Fair Symposium Preparation – Due Tuesday 4/27/21

You’re almost done with your projects, it’s time to share what you’ve done with the world! On Tuesday 4/27 at 11:00 AM you will be presenting your project to students and other adults in the community at the Lorin Eden Science Fair Symposium. To prepare for your presentation your homework is to watch the video, complete one more Google slide (the Explaining Results slide, you should have completed a total of 8 slides by Tuesday), and think about what you will say during your two minute presentation.


  1. Watch the video below.
  2. Complete your Explaining Results slides.
    • Finish your prior slides if you haven’t already.
  3. Think about what you will say during your presentation.

Experimental Results – Due 4/23/21

Great job working on your Google Slides last week. This week you will get to do the fun part of doing the experiment and recording the results!

1. Watch the video tutorial

2. Finish the next two green Google Slides (you should have completed a total of 7 Google Slides)

  • For these two slides you will be making your Flipgrid video of your experiment and making a table of your experimental result

3. (Optional) Get started on the next Google Slides, you can finish your whole slideshow if you want!

Reminder: Wednesday at 3:00 PM there’s a Science Fair work time, in which you can get help on your science experiment. If you finish last week’s Science Fair homework, attending is required. 

Google Slideshow Introduction

Because the Science Fair is virtual this year, you will be presenting your project as a Google Slideshow!

Watch the Video below to learn how to make and edit your slideshow.

Assignment 3 – First Five Slideshow Slides (Due April 16th)

Finish the first five green slides (up to the experimental procedure) in your presentation.

Assignment 2 – Decide on topic, investigable question and plan (due by the first science class after Spring Break)


Complete this Google Form that explains your plan for your experiment. You will be require to answer the following questions:

  1. What topic do you want to investigate?
  2. What is your investigable question?
  3. What is your hypothesis? (your predicted result of the experiment?)
  4. What is your experimental plan? (What experiment do you plan to do in order to answer your question?)

If you have any trouble with these questions, please send Mr. Stuart an email!

Assignment 1 – Pick 3 Topics (Due March 19th)


Hi Scientists!

Your science homework this week is to come up with 3 topic ideas for the science fair. You will be writing your ideas on the Google Sheet that is on your class corner and in your Google Classroom. You might never have used a Google Sheet before, so it’s really important that you WATCH THE VIDEO I made to learn how to use this new technology.

The complete homework instructions are in the video after I do an experiment.

Please send me an email if you have any trouble or have any questions,

Mr. Stuart


Timeline of Due Dates (Intermediate Grades)


Gift cards of varying amounts (up to $50) will be awarded to any student who demonstrates hard work and rigorous scientific thinking in their project and submits their final work to the HUSD STEAM showcase.

More resources about the science fair coming soon!

New Year, More Science!

Science at Lorin Eden Newsletter

From Mr. Stuart

Dear Lorin Eden Community,

This is your friendly Science Specialist teacher Mr. Stuart wishing you a Happy New Year! We went through a lot in 2020, but we got through it because of the Lorin Eden community’s resilience and the remarkable optimism, passion, and intelligence of our students. I am excited for everything that Lorin Eden Science will be able to offer in 2021. Here’s some of what you can expect :

  • More experiments and engineering projects! Now that all students have received Science Kits, we’ll be able to do many more hands-on activities from home. I will be incorporating projects into my curriculum, and offering lots of opportunities for students and families to explore and experiment independently (the activity discussed in the New Year video is an example of an optional activity you can do with your kiddos).
  • STEAM Fair! The Hayward STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) fair will be virtual this year! I will encourage all students to participate, and help students on their projects in the coming months. Students can get started learning about the fair and thinking about what they’re going to do by visiting this website.
  • Vaccines! We will be learning about the incredible work of scientists all over the world, and their achievements during this pandemic. The safe and effective vaccines developed by scientists for the SARS-CoV-2 virus (Covid-19) has already been distributed to over 12 million people worldwide! It’s truly a remarkable testament to the power of science. In the spring we will be learning about how vaccines work, why they are so safe, and why it is important to get vaccinated as soon as it is possible. It will be a great opportunity for students to explore how they can become the future scientists who can save the world!

Important Updates


I have a new website! Visit it at I’m hopeful that creating the new site will fix problems reported from the old site, and improve communication to students and families. Watch the video below to learn how to use the website. will be your one-stop-shop for everything you’ll need related to science at Lorin Eden. Students and families will need to check it regularly because assignments and important updates will be posted there (as well as lots more fun stuff and extra credit activities). 

There is a section of the site called Student Corner that is password protected and will only be available to the Lorin Eden community. Each class will have their own corner where I will post essential information like assignment for those students. Look out for an email from Mr. Haupert with the Student Corner password!

Lesson Recordings

Many students and families have requested that teachers start recording their lessons. I will therefore be doing my best to record lessons and post them to the password protected Student Corner. These recordings will not be a substitute for students regularly attending Zoom classes in person, but should be a helpful resource for those who need to occasionally miss a class due to technology or other problems. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding the recordings.


I was so impressed by the over 425 videos that amazing Lorin Edeners made regarding their science kit materials. As promised there will be prizes for the students who made the most/best videos in each grade, and special prizes for the students who made the most videos in the school. Click here to see if your child won. Prizes will be available at Lorin Eden the next time teachers host a material pick up day.


January 4th-8th is an “A week” which means that students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade as well as in Ms. Baxter’s and Ms. Albert’s class will have live science Zoom classes. Next week (January 11th-15th) is a “B week” so 1st-3rd graders as well as Ms. William, Ms. Baxter and Ms. Albert’s class will have science Zooms. Please remember that students should log in at least 5 minutes before class starts to say hello and work out technical problems. Also remember that there will always be a science assignment for students to do on the weeks that they don’t have a Zoom with me. Go to the schedule page of the website for more details.

That’s all for now, thanks for being amazing! As always feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Stay curious,

Mr. Stuart

“Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.”

– Jonah Lehrer