A fun way to learn about the environment is to make slime!

To begin their recent science experiment, students learned about carbon and algae. Carbon is a gas that helps the Earth hold heat from the Sun. Too much carbon is making the Earth’s temperature warm up too much, causing climate change. Scientists are finding algae might be able to help – it absorbs carbon to make oxygen, and is found all over the world in places like oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Students then made slime, mixing together glue, saline solution, and baking soda. A few drops of green food coloring made the slime look like algae. Next, they added foam beads (representing carbon) to their slime (representing algae). As they kneaded it all together, they discovered the slime trapped the foam beads like algae traps carbon.

The result? A sticky and fun conversation about climate change and kids imagining creating huge lakes of algae to help cool the Earth.

We’ve created a short video for you about our Climate Challenge: Engaging Students in Science! 

– Lynn, director of Canopy

ENGAGING STUDENTS IN SCIENCE – Part of Canopy’s Climate Challenge

As we move into February, we want to say thank you to the steller teams of tutors, parents, and donors who are investing in the students at Canopy Scholars. You are helping these brilliant and underserved students succeed in school and beyond!


  • Canopy’s Student Leadership Council in action – check out our March newsletter to see how they are mentoring students.
  • Canopy middle-school students are taking a field trip to the University of Washington. They will spend the day sitting in on classes, and visiting the UW’s Ethnic Cultural Center. Five remarkable people on the Canopy staff are seniors at UW and are hosting this trip. Check back for photos!

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