Science@IMSA – Monday: Carbon Footprint

Science@IMSA – Monday: 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. “Now I think I get why my dad always tells me to turn off the lights when I leave the room,” 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.)

Here are some pictures from their day.

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STEMvironment-Monday: Habittrekking

STEMvironment-Monday: Habittrekking

This week in the Science strand (“S”TEMvironment) students will explore the habitat around the IMSA grounds, especially the IMSA pond. Their discovery started with reading “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss, which tells about the animals that lose their homes in the trees when the trees are cut down, and the fish that lose their homes when the water is polluted. The story may be fictional, but it is an all-too-real scenario today.

Students assembled and setup their Particle Collectors to gather data until Friday. These Particle Collectors were placed around the campus – near vents, in bathrooms, and outside. They then went habittrekking to observe the diversity and needs of the plants and animals that occupy our environment, and completed a data chart on the evidence they found.

Ask your student:

What is similar and what is different about the plants and animals you observed in the environment and those that are domesticated such as pets and potted plants?

Gold Medal STEM: Monday

Gold Medal STEM: Monday

The focus of one of today’s lesson was motion. However, students 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.

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CSIMSA Belleville – Monday: Observation 101

CSIMSA Belleville – Monday: 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?