Thursday, September 11, 2014

Innovators/8 Crash and Survive!

You and your companions have just survived a plane crash.  Unfortunately, the pilot and co-pilot were killed in the crash.  It's mid-January, and you are in Northern Canada.  The daily temperature is 25 below zero and the night time temperature is 40 degrees below zero.  There is snow on the ground, and the countryside is wooded with several creeks criss-crossing the area.  The nearest town is 20 miles away.  You are dressed in what you wore to school today.  Your group managed to salvage the following items:

A ball of steel wool
A small ax
A flare gun w/three flares
Can of Crisco shortening
Newspaper (one per person)
Cigarette lighter (without fluid)
Extra shirt and pants for each survivor
20 x 20 ft piece of heavy-duty canvas
A sectional air map made of plastic
One quart of 100 proof whiskey
A compass
Family-sized chocolate bar (one per survivor)

As a group rank these items in order of importance for your group's survival.  Explain how each item could help you survive this challenge until yo are rescued. Your team MUST come to an agreement on the items in your list!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Innovators 7 S.I.R. Scientific Investigative Reporter

The world is full of scientific mystery and wonder.  There are also issues that concern scientists and the general public based on the effects on both man and his environment.  It is important that the general public is informed and made aware of these issues.  Your role as a S.I.R. is to continually inform the public of the scientific topic that you have selected.  You will report out at the end of every month through various informational methods (written, audio, and /or video).  You will be able to use numerous resources but you will have to stay current by only using relevant news from the past or current month only!  Please do your job diligently and have fun reporting out!

Topics Include:


Global Climate Change


Food-borne Illnesses

Environmental Chain Reactions

Stem Cells

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Innovators 6/7/8 How often does food make you sick?

We all eat, some more than others, some healthier than others... yet we are all concerned with the safety of our food.  There have been numerous outbreaks that have resulted in food poisoning across the country.  It is important to understand the processes that are involved when considering the food we eat.  Watch the short video and answer the questions in your post.

How often does food make you sick?  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Innovators 6/7/8 Does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave?

This September will mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.  This provide us with a unique opportunity to celebrate this by recreating the "old glory" as she flew over Fort McHenry.  Your team will work on designing a recreation of the American flag by using the techniques and technology that was available at the time of the battle.  The flag that is produced will be raised on the school flag pole the week of the anniversary.  The need to understand the dynamics of the wind and how it makes a flag "fly".  We will also look into the use of natural and synthetic dyes and how the textile industry produces materials that are used in flag creations.  Use the playlist below to find helpful resources on the Battle of Baltimore and The Star Spangled Banner. 

The Star Bangled Banner

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

STEM/6 Two new vampires have been sighted...and they are scary!

Recently we have been hunting vampires (electric ones that is) and we have found some pretty surprising examples of vampire electronics.  But now two new vampires have been discovered and they may have been invited into your house!!  Read the article on the new Xbox One and Playstation 4.  Discuss their usage and how that can contribute to an increase in electric bills.  Also if you have spotted one of these vampires in your home, how are you going to keep it's electric sucking hunger in check?

Xbox One & Playstation 4... Vampires?   

Monday, May 19, 2014

STEM/6 Eco-Footprint Action Plan

Your goal with this project is to creat an action plan to reduce you and your family's eco-footprint. 
Step #1 Calculate your eco foot-print (
Step # 2 Determine areas of your eco-footprint that are large (i.e. water usage, travel etc.)
Step # 3 Research methods to help decrease your eco-footprint in these areas.
Step # 4 Develop An ACTION PLAN (visual representation /poster board) of how you can make changes.
Step # 5 Carry out ACTION PLAN to promte eco-awareness
Step # 6 Document ACTION PLAN using class blog, posting pictures etc.

You will document your changes and success based on your action plan (poster board).  You can shoot video, post comments and/or pictures to show that you and your family are carrying out your purposed plan.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

STEM/8 How did you come into the world??? And has it affected your health

We are all brought into this world through the process of birth.  Many of us were born naturally (vaginal birth) and others of us were born through the process of cesarean (C-section).  A recent study has found that there may be a link between they way you were born and your overall health at an early age.  This study is very interesting because this study can shed light on a lot of childhood issues concerning health and sickness.  The passage that you will read is an excerpt from the book entitled Missing Microbes, by Martin J. Blaser.  In the passage, he links the bacteria that is present in the mother to a baby's health.  It is interesting to note that there is different bacteria exposure based on they way you were born.  Read the passage, and then talk to your parents about your birth and your early health  to see if there is any similarity or validation based on the findings.

Missing Microbes Excerpt