Monday, November 23, 2015

Innovators/6 The Stars and galaxies that make up the universe.

Our study of the cosmos has focused on the life cycle of stars and the characteristics of galaxies.  The night sky is full of amazing wonders.  As we look out at the night sky, we must appreciate the vastness of space and the wonders of what is out beyond our won solar system.  Use the playlist below to explore these topics in further detail.

Stars and Galaxies Playlist

Friday, November 20, 2015

Innovators/7 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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Innovators 6/7/8 3-D Printing Prep

3-D printing is at the forefront of innovation and the maker movement.  The ability to rapidly prototype an idea through 3-D printing is allowing students to bring their designs and dreams to fruition.  there is however a learning curve to all technology and the 3-D printer is no exception.  The use of a design and modeling program is necessary for the designs to be rendered by the printer.  Tinkercad is one such program that allows the user to create objects that can be 3-D printed.  This will be the program that we will utilize to print our prototypes.  Click on the link and sign up for a free account.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Innovators 6/7/8 Support Beagle Sense Young Innovators Program for Salisbury Middle School #BeagleSenseYIP

A great opportunity exists for our students to get free STEM technology form Beagle.  A set of sensors will be awarded to our school if we can gain the support needed.  Use the link below to fill out our school name on their website to log in your support for our school and program.

Support Beagle Sense Young Innovators Program for Salisbury Middle School #BeagleSenseYIP

Friday, November 13, 2015

Innovators/7 Barrow County Aftermath

Your recent foray into the world of contagious and communicable diseases has ended.  Your team presented your findings and improvements and suggestions were acknowledged.  It is now time for each of you to debrief on what you have learned through this simulation, which we know from recent Ecoli outbreaks that this type of event happens all too often.  In your debriefing, please explain the following;

  • What is a contagious disease?
  •  How can is spread throughout a population?
  • What was the most challenging aspect of this simulation?
  • What did you find most surprising during your experience as a Barrow County Health Official.
Make sure that your statements are supported by facts, experiences and knowledge gained through your time engaged in this unit of study.  

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Innovators 7/ The Science of Fall or The reason why you collected leaves!

As the Earth orbits around the sun and turns on its axis, the seasons change.  When the seasons change, many organisms begin a cycle of preparation for the upcoming seasonal conditions.  One of the most common indicators of seasonal change is the leaves of trees.  When the days begin to shorten and the cooler temperatures set in, the deciduous trees of the temperate climates begin a beautiful transformation that eventually results in trees going into a state of winter dormancy. 

What actually happens to the leaves from a scientific perspective?  The laboratory exercise that you will conduct will allow you to extract the various pigments and compare their levels based on the colors of the leaves.  

All leaves contain the pigment chlorophyll, its what gives the leaves their green color.  All plants including trees undergoes the process of photosynthesis which allows the leaves to produce nutriebnts for the tree.  When autumn arrives, this process begins to slow and eventually stop.  this occurs for a variety of reasons, one being the loss of chlorophyll.  when chlorophyll begins to wane, the color of the leaf begins to change as well.  It will no longer take on the green appearance, it may become yellow (xanthophylls), red (anthocyanin), orange (carotene), brown (tannin) or even purple (anthocyanin)!  Who though the fall season was so full of science?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Innovators/8 There goes my hero...

Energy comes in many different forms, from thermal and mechanical to chemical and electromagnetic and others in between, energy is everywhere.  So it seems only right that when designing a new superhero, they pull their power from one of these forms of energy.  You as the designer, must develop an origins story for your alter ego (super hero).  Your science fiction story must have a basis in the real scientific world and for it to be valid.  Your characters must have powers that originate from one of the forms of energy (see below), and what is a super hero without it nemesis? Your story must also include the nemesis and an epic battle!  You will also create an illustration of your main characters to show your audience who thy exactly are.  Use the link to Hero Machine below to aid in this task.  Remember the story must be well written, who knows it could be the next superhero movie!!!

Use the physics playlist to better understand these forms of energy.

Forms of Energy



A story board to help you begin your epic superhero story!!