Today we found out that the Kiawah Bubble extends down the beach to the public access County Park beach. We went with the Rowley family to enjoy a relaxing scientifically playful day spread between the County Park and THE Kiawah Club (which has kayaks that the boys had surmised would be a good aid in some of their research).
One of the streams of study that AV and JV have decided to pursue may be found here: http://lapazfarm.wordpress.com/about/
We’ve been developing a method to discover the tides, wave amplitude, period of waves, and average wave height. It was a great day to discover our preconceived ideas about the ocean were not valid.
We succeeded at measuring the high and low tide at Beach Walker Park. The kids were amazed at the difference between the high and low tide in feet. But failed miserably at the others. Regrouping on that.
We were met by a naturalist from the county to lead us on a discussion about Kiawah Island (which is the barrier island upon which we were spending the day). He was lovely. Once he realized the level of scientific information Montessori kids expect, he provided us with tons of information.
One of the neatest parts was the discussion of the wind’s work with shallow water in the creations of ripples of sand. We excluded the physics involved in fluid dynamics and just discussed wind as the variable to the sand and water depth. I imagine I will be doing my project on that topic.
Kiawah is an island that is growing. However Edisto, which is right next door and to which we are going next week, is not. We can’t wait to see the differences in the beach slope, shell deposits (virtually none today), sand type, and tidal flows.
Although rain was forecast and the sky was rimmed with dark clouds, the day was not to see a drop of rain. Erica explained that Kiawah has a bubble around it, so that it doesn’t rain on people’s beach parades.