Hello Ascent Students and Families!

Welcome to 7th and 8th grade Integrated Science and Photography!  Please notice the separate tabs at the top of this page so you can navigate to the proper grade level or resources.  This is a great place to see what we’re learning, find review materials, and to link to awesome online tools.

On this homepage you will find fun and random science tidbits for your learning pleasure as well as upcoming educational opportunities in and around Salt Lake. 

All the Best,

Ms. Dale

E-mail:  kdale@ascentutah.org


Love astronomy and being in the outdoors?!

Take your family to Great Basin National Park Annual Astronomy Festival during the weekend of September 29 – October 1, 2016 for tons of FREE learning activities!  Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about day and nighttime astronomy.  At Great Basin National Park we have some of the best air quality in the nation which translates to clear daytime skies, and incredibly dark night skies.  The motto is, “Half the park is after dark.”

While there, hike the Bristlecone and Glacier trail and see the world’s oldest living organism, the bristlecone pine tree, and the only glacier in Nevada, Wheeler Peak Glacier!  You can even take a spectacular tour of Lehman Caves and make sure to ask for the geology guru Ranger Keira!


Driving Time:  approximately 3.5-4 hours from West Jordan


Festival: FREE

Park Entry: FREE

Camping: $12/night

Find more information at the Great Basin Astronomy Festival Webpage

  Three Best Study Apps for Students

Edudemic rated the following three apps as the best three free study apps for students.


Cram, available for both iPhone and Android, is the graphically the most beautiful app on this list. This app allows you to connect to the website, which is a huge resource in itself. One of the best features of this app is that it allows you to search the huge library of flashcards submitted by other users. If your specific cards are not available, don’t worry – you can make your own stack of cards.


Quizlet is another fantastic learning app made for both Android and iPhone. It is intuitive and has a very clean user interface. As with Cram, the Quizlet app connects to the website, which essentially provides the same options as the phone app version.

Study Blue

Out of the three apps, StudyBlue has the most options when it comes to study modes. This is the biggest feature. In addition to that, the user interface is easy to use and functional, although not as intuitive as the other two. Additionally, this app requires phone internet, which will eat at your data plan a little. You sacrifice a little usability for a bunch of functions. That trade off isn’t too bad.

Do You Love Science So Much That You Want To Do It On Your Freetime?!

If so, check out Steve Spangler’s Science Club!  He will send experiments to your home monthly.  This is a great idea as a gift and for adding some learning activities to your summer!

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Use physics to make a cloud in your mouth by watching this youtube!


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