Science@IMSA: Carbon Footprint

Science@IMSA: Carbon Footprint

Students explored their personal carbon footprint by taking an interactive quiz. They found out that if everyone used this amount of resources, it would take multiple planet earths to sustain them! With this perspective in mind, they retook the test to reduce their dependency. “We would use up all of our resources if everyone lived like me,” one student realized.

Ask your student:

What does sustainability mean? (Conserving resources / finding alternatives to make sure our lifestyle is long-lasting)

How can we lessen our carbon footprint? (Use fewer resources, local food, car-pool, conserve power, etc.)

Gold Medal STEM: Monday

Gold Medal STEM: Monday

The focus of one of today’s lesson was motion. However, student did not just learn what motion is, but rather how to record, measure and mathematically analyze motion. Using distance, time, and speed variables, our “Gold Medal” mathematicians developed graphs based on data they collected using a Calculator Based Ranger (CBR) and graphing calculator. Students learned which motions would cause changes in their graphs, as well as how to predict what graphs would look like based on how fast, far, or long they traveled.

Here a few pictures from throughout the day.

Vital Signs Chicago – BP & HR

Vital Signs Chicago – BP & HR

What do your blood pressure and heart rate really mean? Many students weren’t quite sure, but today, they got the chance to dig a little deeper. However, they did not spend the entire day learning about their blood pressure and heart rates; instead, they got the chance to measure, record, and analyze their own! The students learned the use of the sphygmomanometer and stethoscope then tested the effect of different stimuli on their own blood pressure.

Now that they have a better understanding of the systems within their own bodies, our new-generation of medical professionals are ready to begin learning how they can improve the lives of the world around them!

Here are some pictures from throughout the day.

BioSleuths: Belleville

Monday: Flower Dissection

Flowers, they are everywhere. But did you ever notice how important insects are to a plant and its life cycle? Students learned the different flower parts such as the petals and the stamen. Not only were students able to learn what the flower parts are but also were able to dissect a real flower.

One student stated, “I like bees now. They help make pretty flowers.”

Ask your student:

What do insects do to help a flower make more of itself? (pollinate, transfer pollen)

What does a flower provide to a butterfly? (provides food/nourishment to the butterfly)

What’s Up with Water? – Monday

What’s Up with Water? – Monday

Today, the students initiated their work as United Nations Scientists. Each student was given a list of water poverty-stricken countries on the United Nations list of least developed nations. The young UN environmental scientists have been tasked with researching one country of their choosing and developing a solution to be presented at the 2017 World Water Day United Nations convention!

At the end of the day, each group was asked to share one thing about the country that they selected. The students loved the idea of being able to research countries based on their personal interests and are ready to get to work solving, “What’s Up With Water?”

C.S.IMSA Chicago: Observation 101

C.S.IMSA Chicago: Observation 101

The detectives have called in the CSI unit, and our junior forensic scientists are on the case! The investigation is well under way, with students honing their observation skills by spotting hidden objects in various pictures. They also practiced their mastery of memory and recall by seeing a series of objects and attempting to remember what was shown.

Investigators will continue to utilize their observational talent throughout the week as they attempt to solve the case!

Ask your student:

What evidence have you collected so far in the case?

How did you do in your observation and memory skills practice?