CSImsa @ Springfield – Monday: Observation 101

CSImsa @ Springfield – 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?

Springfield C.S.IMSA – Inspecting Evidence

Springfield C.S.IMSA – Inspecting Evidence


A crushed can was found at the scene of the crime, surrounded by the shards of a broken vase. What was in the vase? Why was it so important to the perpetrator?

Our C.S.IMSA Investigators are designing an experiment to replicate the evidence to determine the approximate weight and height of the broken vase. Listen to their great explanation!

Math@IMSA: Friday

Math@IMSA: Friday

Today was game changing! Students were able to finally share their cryptography scavenger hunt with their peers! After working for many days to create the patterns, and clues students shared their games and their patterns. Using their knowledge and skills to decode they had time to solve the patterns and locate the items on their hunt. This event was exciting and creative in many ways! All students were winners as everyone shared a scavenger hunt that was challenging and engaging!

Ask your student:

How can you take advantage of patterns in your everyday life?

How can you establish patterns in your everyday life that will help you be successful?

What’s Up with Water? Friday: World Water Day Site

What’s Up with Water? Friday: World Water Day Site

Our future UN representatives successfully completed their “World Water Day” site projects and presented them to their fellow country representatives. Their ideas were great, and seeing them grow as problem-solvers and innovators throughout this week has been amazing! In just one week, they were able to research, develop, and then present plans that could save countless lives and provide our world with more resources than we thought imaginable.

Check out the link to our “World Water Day” page and take a look at some of the wonderful projects the students put together this week!!!


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Vital Signs @ McKendree – Friday: Animatronic Extremity

Vital Signs @ McKendree – Friday: Animatronic Extremity

Throughout the week, students have been exploring the realm of artificial prosthetics through the use of their own engineering creativity. Our bold inventors have created their own artificial hands, improving them day by day, and testing them with games and activities. Experiments involved carrying ping-pong balls, and even sign language!

Students have become experts at analyzing design solutions and repeatedly testing them in order to determine the best way to improve the product.

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Ask your student:

What is electromyography, and how do modern prosthetics take advantage of it? (voluntary signals that contract muscles, prosthetics can be controlled using remaining nerve endings)

Ask them to show some of the sign language they learned this week!

Guest Speaker at McKendree

Dr. Bowden, Guest Speaker at McKendree

Dr. Bowden was our guest speaker on Thursday. He spoke about assessing injuries and determining the need for an x-ray-a great follow up from yesterday‘s lesson on breaks, sprains, and strains. We can’t thank him enough!

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Math@IMSA: Thursday

Math@IMSA: Thursday

Today participants worked in small groups to design a scavenger hunt for their peers. Using cryptography and pattern recognition, students designed and shared their scavenger hunt across campus. The process of checking their clues, accurately modeling them and distributing them to their classmates was an exciting time for all! The hunt is on!

Ask your student:

Which pattern or cryptography pattern worked the best for you today?

What is the purpose of cryptography? Explain a time in your life when you might want to use it.

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What’s Up with Water? Thursday: Sink or Float?

What’s Up with Water? Thursday: Sink or Float?

What floats and what doesn’t? What if it’s saltwater, or freshwater? Inquiry and imagination lead our “water-ful” scholars today as they set out to answer these questions. Students worked together to come up with rules on floating items in water, then tested their hypotheses using common household items like straws, corks, and bottle caps.

The students quickly began to notice the effect of density, but still had questions. One student asked, “How are boats able to stay afloat if they’re so heavy?” Their observatory skills were put to the test and they stood up to the challenge!

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Vital Signs @ McKendree – Thursday: The Blood Part 1

Vital Signs @ McKendree – Thursday: The Blood Part 1

Today, our scientists delved into the study of blood type and the genetics that help determine it. Students first discovered the physical basis behind the ABO blood type group, analyzing different antigens. In the lab, they attempted to determine the blood type of different samples by creating antibody reactions.

The analysts-in-training also learned the basics of Mendelian genetics, discovering how blood type traits are inherited and why some are dominant over others.

Ask your student:

How many total possibilities are there for blood type? (there are 8 including both genes: A+/-, B+/-, AB+/-, and O+/-)

What is one method to predict the blood type of the offspring when you know that of the parents? (use a Punnett square)

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