Welcome to the beginning of a new school year! We start our year off with reviewing how to do a scientific investigations and go to the unit on cells in mid-September.
9/21/16 We have started the unit on cells this week. Today and tomorrow we focus on the scientists who first worked on cells and on the cell theory.
Math/Science students: YOU MUST HAVE YOUR SCIENCE FAIR TOPIC BY SEPT. 30th
For the Math/Science students: Science Fair date: January 26th, snow make up date: February 1
Everyone should have given me their Science Fair topic this week. The next thing that is due to me is the background research paper. This is a five paragraph paper that answers three questions. This is due to me the beginning of November. I am starting the work on the Science Fair early in the hopes that everyone will be finished before Christmas break and that time can be a relaxing time with friends and family. If you have any questions, please email me.
If you need to contact me, please use my direct email address. At the present time, I am unable to reply from within this program. I am working on getting this corrected.
AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY!
Kids’ Tech University
Kids' Tech University is a semester-long educational research program developed by the Biocomplexity Institute and Virginia 4-H, that puts scientists and engineers in front of children to encourage the exploration of intriguing topics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
On Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 1, 2017, 450 kids (ages 9-12 by Sept. 31st 2016) and their parents will come to Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) to watch Interactive Sessions by renowned research scientists and participate in hands-on activities. Each day's events will center on common themes related to everyday life. Registration opened on Oct. 24, 2016 at 6 pm. There is a $100 registration fee and scholarships are available.
An exciting opportunity:
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is excited to announce that the 2016-17 edition of its Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest will be taking place this year. Since the Cassini mission to Saturn will be ending on September 15, 2017, this will most likely be the last essay contest for the Cassini mission.
The contest is open to all students in grades 5-12 in the United States, as well as in over 50 other countries that have national contest coordinators. Students may work alone or in groups of up to four students. Students write an essay of up to 500 words about one of three possible imaging targets that the Cassini spacecraft has taken during the past few years.
The 2016-17 essay contest topics are:
1. The ice plumes at the south pole of Saturn's moon, Enceladus
2. The lakes of Titan
3. The hexagon at Saturn's north pole
Students will justify their choice as to which one they think would potentially yield the best science. Winners and their classes are invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
All essays must be submitted by the student's teacher. Cassini scientists and educators will read all the entries and choose the winners. The contest deadline is February 24, 2017 at noon, Pacific Time (3:00pm Eastern Time).
For contest rules, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit:
Short videos about each topic will be available on the contest website in the coming months.
The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.
The Haymaker STEM Expo will be held Jan 28, 2017 at Battlefield High School, from 10AM to 3PM. There will be over 50 hands-on activities, many STEM presentations and colleges will be there!
A reminder to all the math/science specialty program students and families. The entire science fair project (the board, notebook and sloppy copy) is due to me NO LATER than January 16th. The Science Fair at the school is January 26th and I must look over the projects. If there are any issues, the students will then have a week to repair the problems.
Do you have a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics? If so, please consider volunteering to be a judge for Rippon Middle School's annual science fair on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 3:30-5:00pm. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided to compensate you for your time, and high school students can earn volunteer hours for their high school organization. Please fill out the volunteer form and email it to Mrs. Clausen at email@example.com or simply drop off the form to the RMS front office. Please submit your volunteer form by Friday, January 13th. E-mail me for the form and I will send it ASAP!
I have arranged for the classes to have laptops for three days next week to work on their animal project. This should give everyone enough time to do all their research during class time. Either a power point or a small poster is required.