How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

Another much beloved Summer@IMSA tradition is “Questions for Candy.” At the end of each program day all  participants from a program gather for that program’s daily closing, which includes a round of questions on the days’ activities and prime learning goals.The reward for an answer that comes close to the mark? Smartees, Laffy Taffy,  Jolly Ranchers………


STEMvironment-Wednesday: Plants and People

STEMvironment-Wednesday: Plants and People

One of the activities our STEMvironmentalists engaged in today was using a square plot equation outdoors to calculate the number of plants necessary to support the oxygen needs of one person. They then imagineered a world without plants, and shared the similarities and differences of what that world would be like. Students came away with an understanding that earth could go on without man, but could not without plants or the birds & bees that pollinate them.

Ask your student:

How much oxygen do humans consume in relation to how much a plant produces?

C.S.IMSA Belleville – Wednesday: Tie Dyes

C.S.IMSA Belleville – Wednesday: Tie Dyes

The crime scene team began analyzing a promising new lead today by testing oil samples found on the driveway at the crime scene and comparing them with oil samples from suspects’ driveways. Students discovered the uses for the science of chromatography by watching how different colors separate, and using that information to match the crime scene oil with a likely culprit.

Our forensic scientists are developing a clearer picture of the case, and feel close to a breakthrough!

Ask your student:

What is chromatography used for? (separating materials)

What new information did you learn from your evidence analysis today?

Gold Medal STEM – Wednesday: What’s Your Vertical?

Gold Medal STEM – Wednesday: What’s Your Vertical?

Today, our Olympic scientists examined the math and physics behind the standing vertical jump. Students especially focused on determining the knee angle that will produce the highest jump, using a special instrument called a goniometer to measure it. Our sports scientists then used their measurements to determine a graphical relationship between force and time during the jump.

Ask your student:

What knee flexion angle did you determine was the best for vertical jumps?

What other sports might use motions similar to those in a vertical jump? (cycling, swimming, weightlifting)