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Snowflake Bentley is the story of Wilson Bentley, a farmer born in 1865 in Jericho, Vermont, a small town between Lake Champlain and Mount Mansfield, in the heart of Vermont's "snowbelt." Perhaps it was no accident that Bentley always loved snow more than anything else in the world. When he was fifteen his mother gave him a microscope. When he looked at snowflakes under the microscope he was stunned by their delicate beauty.

He decided he had to share that beauty with others. But he did not know how. And there was no one to teach him. His father and his neighbors thought trying to save snowflakes was foolishness, Bentley was determined. And by the time he died in 1931 he was considered the world's expert on snowflakes.Read more about Wilson A. Bentley, and his work, at the Buffalo Museum of Science's digital library in support of the Bentley Snow Crystal Collection.

Additional Information about Wilson Bentley

Enjoy this short documentary by Chuck Smith, "The Snowflake Man" - Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931), the first man to ever photograph a snowflake.

Video of Snowflake images taken by Wilson Bentley produced by Art Adventure.

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Snowball Catapult


Design, create and test a catapult that will launch marshmallows the furthest. Be sure to use the Engineering Design Process. Click here for the steps.

Unlimited Materials from this list:

Large or small craft sticks

Rubber bands

Plastic spoon

Binder clip

Plastic cup



Students will submit their catapult between January 17-20th.

Each catapult will launch a total of one time per round.

Three rounds include: mini marshmallows, large marshmallows and jumbo marshmallows.

Catapult that launches the marshmallow the farthest will be declared the winner and will not compete in the other two rounds.

Good Luck, Aviators!

Be sure to watch for next month's STEAM Book Challenge!

We are STEAMing it up here at Adkins Elementary this year! We hope all of our Aviators will choose to participate in these family fun STEAM challenges that incorporate

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

Please understand these are totally optional, and not required. We understand if you are unable to complete all of our challenges this year but, we hope you stretch your thinking, exercise your creativity, and enjoy some quality family time by trying at least one.