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Column: WCS students discover God through science

WORTHINGTON -- From the complex protozoan smaller than a speck of dust to stars that are light years away, the fifth- through eighth-grade students at Worthington Christian School are discovering God in their science studies.

The fifth- and sixth-graders are currently investigating the diversity of life in science and discovering some very interesting facts about organisms in this world. Here are some of the amazing facts that these students recently uncovered:

* Saltwater crocodiles can live more than 100 years.

* The eyesight of hawks is eight times sharper than the eyesight of humans.

* A blue whale eats 7,700 pounds of krill shrimp every day.

* The giant squid can grow up to 65 feet long.

* A cockroach can live for seven days without its head.

* The shell of the giant clam can measure up to 4 feet across.

Not only have these students been reading about vertebrates and invertebrates from their textbook, they also created animal posters and wrote research reports. They even dissected a perch to examine the different body systems. In the next few weeks they will be learning about plants. Hopefully, they will successfully propagate a Christmas cactus and grow plants from seeds.

This year, the seventh- and eighth-grade students are studying Earth Science. They recently concluded units about the planets, comets, meteors, sun and moon. Some interesting facts that they recently read about include:

* A light year is approximately 6 trillion miles away, and the nearest star is 4.2 light-years away.

* The sun contains over 99 percent of all the matter in the entire solar system.

* Halley's comet will appear in 2062.

* A 110-pound person would weigh 18.3 pounds on the moon.

* A solar eclipse can occur only at new moon.

The students were amazed to find that the subject of math is so very important in science. They read that the planet Neptune was actually discovered by two mathematicians, John Couch Adams and Urbain Jean Joseph Leverrier, in 1846. It was these men's calculations that lead to the discovery of the eighth planet. The study of minerals and ores is the current topic of study for these grades. They will have the opportunity to also study crystals and make a crystal garden in the near future.

It is a privilege that we can have the adventure of discovering God in science. It is my sincere hope and prayer that the students at Worthington Christian are able to see God's fingerprints in his creation and say with King David in Psalm 19 -- "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge."

Pam Slagter teaches fifth grade through eighth grade math and science at Worthington Christian School.