Our final “Why I Teach” post of the 2014-15 school year features high school science teacher Dr. Jeff Molk, who joined the CCSC faculty in 2013. Dr. Molk worked in a research lab in Seattle, and his real-world experience informs his perspective to the classroom. Continue reading “Why I Teach: Dr. Molk”
Biotech giant Novartis is expanding its corporate and research campus in Kendall Square near MIT, and a community lab will be part of its new 550,000 s.f. facility. Novartis scientists and members of its teaching corps recently met with the CCSC science faculty and visited classes to gather information about high school teaching and learning that will help inform the community lab’s programming and design. Continue reading “Novartis Community Lab Staff Visit CCSC”
This summer the Museum of Science will premier an exciting new exhibit called “The Science Behind Pixar.” On May 13 five CCSC middle schoolers were invited to preview parts of it and to participate in market research that will provide the exhibit designers from MOS and Pixar Animation Studios valuable feedback on the user experience. Continue reading “Students Preview “Science Behind Pixar” Exhibit at MOS”
Students in Ms. Seward’s biology class spent a morning last week at the Harvard Science Center, dissecting calf hearts under the supervision of Harvard post-docs and graduate students. The lab also asked students to measure their ECGs before and after using a treadmill in order to see how their own hearts’ electric signals respond to exercise. The opportunity for high school students to work in a college-level lab facility is one of the goals of Harvard’s Life Sciences Outreach program. Ms. Seward and learning specialist Daniel Fish accompanied the group.
More photos are available on the CCSC Facebook page (some are not for the squeamish).
A group of 30 CCSC sophomores and juniors attended the Biotech Futures college and career exploration event on May 29 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with biology teacher Jeff Molk and college counselor Nadira Hairston. Continue reading “Students Explore Biotech Futures at WPI”
CCSC is fortunate to be located near Kendall Square, the world capital of the biotechnology industry, and a few blocks from MIT, whose research labs spawn so much innovation in the sector. But let’s not forget that there’s another major research university two miles down the road, and last Tuesday a group of juniors hopped on the T for the short ride to Harvard, where they participated in the Amgen Biotech Experience lab. Continue reading “Students Visit Harvard Biotech Lab”
“What are you going to do to prove to people that you understood what was going on?” That was the question photojournalist David Arnold posed after sharing some of his work yesterday with students in Jessica DaSilva’s studio art elective. Continue reading “Documenting the Impact of Global Warming”
It’s probably been more than a few years since any of the students in Marna Eckels’ 9th grade physics class played with dolls, but they seemed willing, even eager, to throw Barbie off a cliff in the name of science. Continue reading “Barbie Bungee Jump”
CCSC science department chair Heather Haines was one of 11 teachers recognized for excellence at the 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year celebration held June 13 at the Museum of Science. Governor Deval Patrick spoke, and Department of Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester and Education Secretary Michael Malone were on hand to congratulate the honorees. Continue reading “CCSC Teacher Recognized for Excellence”
Students in Phil Roebuck’s Principles of Science II class are competing in the First Annual CCSC Egg Drop Contest. Working in groups of three or four, each team is building an apparatus to protect their (raw) egg to withstand a four-story fall from the roof of the Lower School building. A complex point system based on the number of pre-approved materials used and the mass and volume of the apparatus will determine the winner.
The Egg Drop Contest challenges students to work collaboratively to put into practice what they’ve learned about the engineering design process. Students work through the entire process, carefully designing, building, and then testing their first prototypes before making design improvements and testing out their designs a second time. The project culminates with a group presentation, in which students explain how they applied the principles of crumple zones, drag, pressure distribution, and inertia to their designs, and describe what changes they would make if they were to go through the design process a third time.
Read the handout that explains the point system and the materials allowed.