January News

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Join me in taking a sneak peak at the fabulous things that are happening in the Science and Innovation Center this month…

Our Science and Innovation Center continues to model and develop environmental education. The facilities now boast a fully functional school composting system, rain water collection cistern, outdoor vegetable gardens, vermi-composting bins, an outdoor aquaponics system and our recent addition, thanks to the Coplin family, a new indoor aquaponics system that is powered by solar panels. We look forward to sharing all of these amazing learning tools, as well as the alternative energy projects we are currently working on in PLTW, at our upcoming Energy Expo. *Date TBA

Cilantro and radishes grown with worm castings, yummy!
Cilantro and radishes grown with worm castings, yummy!
Lue works on his engineering project, a sustainable, off the grid, aquaponics food system.
Lue works on his engineering project, a sustainable, off the grid, aquaponics food system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle school students invested their energies this month in preparing and perfecting their science fair presentations. Congrats to all of the participants and winners of the AJA Science Fair. We look forward to the Regionals next month.

Jessica teaches us about brine rejection.
Jessica teaches us about brine rejection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLTW

The engineering students thoroughly enjoyed designing and testing their windmill prototypes. One of the goals of this project was to introduce to the concepts of force, work, and power and learn how to both measure and calculate these values using their wind turbines. Our current project has the students working in teams to design a prototype or model of a product that uses an alternative energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydropower, and hydrogen.

Katie carefully constructs her nacelle.
Katie carefully constructs her nacelle.
Ben is anxious to test his blades.
Ben is anxious to test his blades.
Aiden makes last minute adjustments.
Aiden makes last minute adjustments.
Think you can beat 2 seconds Eden?
Think you can beat 2 seconds Eden?
Nir carefully works on his airfoil design.
Nir carefully works on his airfoil design.
This design produces the most power.
This design produces the most power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th GRADE SCIENCE

This month the sixth grade has focused on the behavior of gases in the atmosphere. Experiments have been conducted to understand the concepts of green house gases, evaporation, condensation, vapor and atmospheric pressure, dew point, and relative humidity. Moving forward, we will begin to tie it all together as we focus on how all of these things play a role in shaping global weather patterns.

Making a cloud is hard work!
Making a cloud is hard work!
Nathan waves his wet bulb to determine relative humidity.
Nathan waves his wet bulb to determine relative humidity.
Eden and Liri use a match to create condensation nuclei for their cloud.
Eden and Liri use a match to create condensation nuclei for their cloud.
This group has created a convection current in a chamber.
This group has created a convection current in a chamber.
Nathan, Yoav, and Noah are testing whether carbon dioxide heats up more quickly than regular air.
Nathan, Yoav, and Noah are testing whether carbon dioxide heats up more quickly than regular air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green house gas experiment
Green house gas experiment
Yehonathan uses a psychrometer to measure relative humidity.
Yehonathan uses a psychrometer to measure relative humidity.
Yoav, Noah, and Ben study the effects of pressure and temperature.
Yoav, Noah, and Ben study the effects of pressure and temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7TH GRADE SCIENCE

The 7th grade students have immersed themselves in the study of heredity this month. Using the “Crazy Trait” creatures and chromosomes, the students have explored concepts of meiosis, genes and alleles, DNA, transcription and translation. Moving forward, we are now investigating how heredity affects populations in terms of adaptations and natural selection.

Courtney extracts DNA from split peas.
Courtney extracts DNA from split peas.
Abby and Nir build chromosome strands based on assigned alleles.
Abby and Nir build chromosome strands based on assigned alleles.
Shira and Carlos wait for the DNA to rise to the top of the vial.
Shira and Carlos wait for the DNA to rise to the top of the vial.
This group builds a creature best suited to survive in their environment.
This group builds a creature best suited to survive in a certain environment.
Roy carefully examines blood samples during a blood typing lab.
Roy carefully examines blood samples during a blood typing lab.
Madison carefully constructs her strand of DNA.
Madison carefully constructs her strand of DNA.
Courtney has matched her base pairs correctly!
Courtney has matched her base pairs correctly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These tow crazy creatures are brother and sister. They share some similar phenotypes, but not all.
These two crazy creatures are brother and sister. They share some similar phenotypes, but not all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th GRADE MATH

This month the students have been working on analyzing and organizing data. As you can imagine,this unit is heavily integrated with science! This week specifically, we collected data on velocity and density in the lab and in addition to graphing the data, we learned how to use slope and y-intercept form to extrapolate data.