3D Printing Craze!

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If you’re in either of the physical science classes, then you have probably been experimenting with a new concept this semester. Tinkercad is a website that is used to design structures to 3D print. Both classes have been designing their own unique keychains, which will be printed later in the week. Tinkercad has many options to choose from, to make your design completely yours, including adding tex and other features. 3D printing has become increasingly popular in recent years and can be used for many different purposes. You can even make a 3D model of the Batmobile (if you’re as cool as Mr. Catlin, that is!)

ACT & CSI

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There were even human brains!

Hey guys! It’s Keith. I wanted to share some things that have been happening around ACH. I interviewed Sarah Nelson last week, who said that she studies for the ACT for about 1 hour a week. She wants to tell everyone that they should study for the ACT! Who needs sleep? Just study! I also spoke to some freshman who visited the crime lab. Jacob thought that the crime lab wasn’t entertaining so it didn’t catch his interest. Brayden thought that the crime lab was a lot of fun and super interesting. I remember when I went last year; I thought it was a cool experience too. Student get to see real-life human eyeballs and people’s hands in jars. There were even human brains! They showed us the different types of drugs and the rooms where the CSI teams are stationed. Our guides explained what it’s like to work as a crime scene investigator. Overall, it was a cool experience for me when I visited. I could see how it’s not everybody’s cup of tea though. Also, don’t forget to study for your ACT, it could help you in the future! It’ll make Sarah happy!

What’s New with Art?

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It’s Spring 2019! I interviewed the Art I & ll teacher, Mrs.Ramagos, to find out a little more about what is going on in her class.

What kind of projects do you have planned for the upcoming semester?

“Our portfolio for the year will include a variety of projects. Some will be a repeat from last semester, like our self-portrait paintings, the recreating of famous masterpieces, as well as depictions of fruits and vegetables. Some new projects planned for this semester that you should be excited to see will be a stop motion short film, as well as a branding project where we will create our own branding for candies.”

What are some examples of current projects your class is working on?

“Currently, we are working on a Zentangle exercise to help with our craftsmanship and experiment with creating patterns using many different types of lines.”

What is your overall goal for your students this semester?

“I would love for my students to experience art in a different way, for them not to be afraid to make mistakes, and to push their talents and boundaries to create the best projects that they can.”

Environmental Awareness Series: Part 2

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by Hunter Jacobs

Reducing Skin Cancer and Pollution

Mrs. Stone’s Environmental Science class is doing a project on helping the environment in some kind of way and the Green Smokers group is trying to reduce skin cancer and pollution in Baton Rouge Louisiana. They are working on talking to the mayor of Baton Rouge and getting some laws on how much pollution that we put into the air from vehicles and big plants from in Baton Rouge and talking to the surrounding cities. One way to reduce skin cancer is from reducing UV Radiation and we can reduce the UV Radiation from not letting as much greenhouse gases in the air from plants and vehicles then that will help reduce skin cancer and pollution.

Why Stress? It’s Only Math…

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Gallup, 2004

The table above shows the percentage of subjects students found out most difficult for them. Math ranked at the top with 37 percent. More students also identify Science as an area they lag (20%) followed by English (18%). Why is math regarded as the most challenging subject in school, in general? Math is hard to do intuitively, unlike some subjects. Math problems can be diversified although they are constructed based on the same concept. Similarly, there can be more than one solution for the same problem, because lots of different parts of math are related. Math requires both memorization and adaptability. Studying math should be done cumulatively, otherwise, it is going to be hard to understand certain concepts.Image result for studying Understanding the root concept is crucial in studying math cause no matter how complex the concepts are they were originated from the most basic ideas

In the 1980s, the following experiment was conducted to discover what really matters in studying math. During the two-year period, instead of solving math problems, students were asked to read only the examples that were pre-solved. After two years of studying, the students who read only the examples took a test and were able to score significantly better than the students who studied math by actually solving the problems for three years. What does this test result mean? Studying math is not merely solving a lot of problems, but it is much more important to know concepts through thinking.

The Lion Bridge is Falling Down!

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by Ava Lacombe and Rebecca Barton.

In Mrs. Cameron’s science class, the seventh and eighth graders built bridges. Their bridges were constructed from toothpicks and modeling clay. The STEM objective required the students’ designs to withstand 100 pennies! Mrs. Cameron judged the bridges based on their strength design, and how it fit in with its surroundings. The winners from each class received bonus points.

Here are a few questions that were asked to some of the students that did the project:

What did you learn from the project?

Katelin South: I learned that there are multiple bridges that all work differently.

Noah Broussard: I learned how a bridge works and how to make one.

Cherryie Mitchell: That it is hard to build a bridge out of toothpicks.

Adin Carter: That building bridges are hard

How many times did you have to rebuild your bridge?

Katelin South: We had to rebuild our bridge 3 times.

Noah Broussard: None

Cherryie Mitchell: About 16 times.

Adin Carter: Too many to count

Were you happy with the group you were assigned?

Katelin South: The group was ok but everyone was talking and they really weren’t working.

Noah Broussard: No, they were all girls

Cherryie Mitchell: Yes, I was.

Adin Carter: Yes

Did your group get along?

Katelin South: No, our group really did not get along because mainly one person or two at times were doing the work and others were playing and talking.

Noah Broussard: Yes, we made a good bridge.

Cherryie Mitchell: Yes, we did.

Adin Carter: Yes.

 

Pi-Top in the Classroom

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Mrs. Montalbano and a pair of junior high students, Slade Landry and Ava Lacombe, built a Pi-Top computer earlier in the school year. When asked about the students working on the pi-top, Mrs. Montalbano replied ” The Pi-Top helped to improve their collaboration skills and helped them to accomplish the difficult task of building a computer.” A Pi-Top is a laptop that is powered by a Raspberry Pi 2A microcomputer. This microcomputer comes equipped with a Broadcom phone processor, RAM, USB, Ethernet, and power ports. The Pi-Top encourages student collaboration to create a laptop by putting together the case, keyboard, cables, screen, battery, track-pad, and sliding rail. This sliding rail allows the keyboard to slide toward the user, exposing the pi and a small space for installing other components, which allows students to create their own pi-projects above the existing Pi-Top. It also comes with a breadboard, a special grid tool that allows kids to make simple circuits without the commitment of welding the wires together. The TLDR is that the Pi-Top is an educational journey from start to finish and a must for any tech-savvy group of kids.

For more information about Raspberry Pi’s, visit Devlyn’s article here