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

Monday, April 28, 2014

STEM/8 Ken and Barbie take the plunge!!!

It's very important to understand the nature and laws of physics!  Everything that we as a species does is in essences dependent on the laws of physics.  A lot of what we enjoys as activity and sport is grounded in the laws of motion, momentum and gravity.  One particular activity/sport that is physics dependent is bungee-jumping.  The need to understand free fall (gravity), momentum, acceleration, elasticity, potential and kinetic energy is vital to the safety of all people involved.  Your task is to have Barbie or Ken, take the plunge and bungee jump off the back stair well.  It will be very important to the safety and well being of the participants (Barbie & Ken) that you have done the proper calculations to ensure a safe and exciting jump.  The goal is to have your Barbie or Ken, come closest to the bottom step without injuring (touching the stairs) themselves.  A successful attempt will meet all the requirements that were assigned in the lab.  Happy jumping!!

Bungee Jumping

STEM/6 When radio was king!

The radio, its invention allowed the world to hear the talents, stories and news of people from around the country and the world.  Tye radio become and instant success and many homes had a radio that was the center piece of the family's evening entertainment.  The original signals were AM with the introduction of FM in the later 20th century.  FM/AM, what do these letters mean?  how are they different as radio signals?  You are going to need to find out what the significance of these radio waves are and how the radio actually works.  Include in your description of either AM or FM radio, wave function, amplitude, frequency, vibration, medium and pitch.  Be able to defend your radio band (AM/FM) and argue why it is the best band to use.