Thursday, April 10, 2014

Everts Gets Happy

Students at Everts are happy to share what they've learned this year on spring assessments.  Good luck to all my students!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ion Jones Science Program

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Students were able to experience Ion Jones and the Lost Castle of Chemistry this week, which was a wonderful scientific adventure through the Carnegie Science Center's Science on the Road program.  This program was made possible through a grant awarded by PPG Industries' Public Education Leadership Community (PELC).  The presentation included a school-wide assembly along with ten hands-on adventure stations that reinforced chemistry concepts taught in sixth and seventh grade science classes.  The students were fortunate to work with approximately thirty  volunteers who were able to explain the lab activities in small groups.  The volunteers were fantastic with their explanations and the way in which they worked with the students.  Thank you to the many, many people who played a part in making this event such a successful one for our students!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wavy Motions

Students worked with a spring toy to see the differences between the two types of mechanical waves - longitudinal (when the medium moves parallel to the direction of the wave) and transverse (when the medium moves perpendicular to the direction of the wave).  Students also experimented with wave frequency - moving the slinky quickly right to left increased the frequency of the transverse wave.  Soon, students will be able to relate this experience to seismic waves and sound waves which we will study in more detail next week.  Eventually, students will be able to contrast these characteristics to electromagnetic waves.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rube Goldberg Machine Project

Our seventh grade has been studying the Law of Conservation of Energy and energy transfers.  This week they will be challenged to make their own Rube Goldberg Machine, which features energy transformations.  Check back in a few weeks to see photos of some of our machines!

Until then, check out these videos about Rube Goldberg Machines: