Vital Signs @ McKendree: Chicken Wing Thing

Vital Signs @ McKendree: Chicken Wing Thing

On the first day of a jam-packed week, students delved into anatomy by learning the basics of dissection! Our budding scientists explored the structures of a chicken wing, discovering characteristics that are shared with the human arm. As they examined deeper levels of complexity during their dissection, they observed the interactions between systems and structures that allow the wing to function.

Students also learned how to preserve the bones of the chicken wing in order to use them in one of Friday’s lessons!

Ask your student:

What is the difference between the flexor and extensor muscles? (They work together to move the arm/wing, flexor curls the limb, extensor extends it)

What are the two bones of the lower arm/wing? (radius and ulna)


Skin models made by our Students!

What’s Up with Water? – Water Poverty

What’s Up with Water? – Water Poverty

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?”

Math @ IMSA: Monday

Math @ IMSA: Monday

What is the difference between a cipher and a code? Ask your students! Today, students were engaged in an exciting activity where they decrypted messages using various transposition and substitution ciphers. Ask your student about their findings!  In small groups throughout the day students used their new knowledge of ciphers to encrypt messages and design keys to their messages. While sharing in small groups students discussed the historical background of ciphers and worked on a team to manipulate four different types of ciphers. Student will continue to examine and manipulate these ciphers all week in small groups and independently.

Ask your student:

Summarize some of the properties which we learned about within a cypher?

Describe the procedure to quickly and easily decode a monoalphabetic substitution cipher?