Posted in: Highlights, Kid Kudos, Lower School, Second Grade
- formulated their own research questions
- identified and recruited an expert advisor from AC or the community at large
- researched current understanding and background on their topics
- written a research proposal in which they designed their own experiments to test their hypotheses
- conducted their research
- performed their own statistical analyses to draw conclusions on their hypotheses.
- written up their findings in the style of a peer-reviewed scientific journal (still in progress!)
- created, revised, and refined the presentations
|Nursing 101||800-825||Germaine Gu||The Mathematical Model Behind Storable Votes and Quadratic Votes|
|Nursing 101||830-855||Nate Morse||Frequency Conversion Crystal Designs for Improved Ultraviolet Power Balance on the 60-Beam OMEGA Laser|
|Nursing 101||905-930||Alivia Martin||Spinal Deformities of the Equine Population in Relation to Weight|
|Nursing 101||935-1000||Nadia Linton||Observations of Skeletal Traumas Made from Medieval Bladed Weapons|
|Nursing 101||1010-1035||Luke Nicosia||The Effects of Food Cues on Students’ Overall Performance and Attentiveness on Exams|
|Nursing 101||1040-1105||Dylan Dailor||Does the Mind In the Eyes Test Work as a Predictor for Autism Spectrum Disorders?|
|Nursing 101||1115-1140||Leeore Intrator||Pilot Study to Understand Focus and Creativity in the Brain Using EEG|
|Nursing 101||1145-1205||Cecilia Esterman||Mixed Solvent Studies of Squaraines for Use in Organic Photovoltaics|
|100-130||Attend opening of SJFC Event|
|Nursing 105||130-155||Mason Grimes||Using an Evolutionary Program to Model Organic Population Evolution|
|Nursing 105||200-225||Jeremy Abbott||Injection-based Electromagnetic Railgun: Theoretical Versus Actual Results|
Posted in: Eleventh Grade, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
It sure has been a crazy start to the maple sugaring year! The weather was up and down, but never up or down long enough to get the sap moving, so we put off tapping but the students were getting antsy. They finally convinced Mrs. Guzzetta to tap one tree to monitor the week before February break.
Needless to say, we barely collected any sap that week, but the weather forecast for break was drastically different and we knew that we were in for a good week so we tapped a few more. Once the vacation week began, the weather got balmy, and the sap started flowing fast and furious. Two eighth grade club leaders came in one day to help tap more trees for a total of about thirty taps. A third club leader, a veteran of three years, was a big help as he came in twice, once with his cousins, to collect the sap that was flowing.
Even with their help, Mrs. Guzzetta was kept busy collecting once or twice a day in order to stay on top of the flow as it appeared that the season was going to be short. By the end of the week we had about 80 gallons in storage and another 15 or so lost to accidental spills or ants.
When the students came back from break, their collecting started back up on a more regular basis. A couple of students were able to help out during their Citizen Science project time as their project pertained to our maple sugaring project, and others stopped in to collect when they could. One of Mrs. Guzzetta’s sixth grade advisees organized the other advisees and collected during advocacy. During this time, the students had their first encounter with a sugar hungry chipmunk who was found patiently sitting in a bucket of sap waiting for the students to rescue him.
Mike Wheeler, whose son is a leader in the maple sugaring club, coordinated with Mrs. Guzzetta and happily volunteered his time, resources, and knowledge to work with some of the club members to build a sugar shack. He oversaw the club members as they sawed, drilled, hammered, and constructed their very first sugar shack that they will reconstruct each year during the sugaring season. This is a huge upgrade from their pop up shelter with no walls that provided minimal protection from the elements. More on this exciting project coming soon.
Posted in: Highlights, Kid Kudos, Middle School
This March, Allendale Columbia became a certified GLOBE* school. This is an international science and education program that provides access to participate in science experiments and projects to better understand the the global environment. Sixth grade students in Mrs. Parsons’s science class collected soil samples and measured the moisture content for NASA this spring. NASA launched its SMAP satellite in January 2015 to measure soil moisture to improve weather and climate prediction models, as well as better understand processes linking water, carbon, and energy cycles. The students’ data is used to calibrate and validate the measurements being taken from space.
* The acronym GLOBE stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. GLOBE is jointly sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of State.
Posted in: Middle School, Sixth Grade
In a culminating event, young Allendale Columbia School students “stretched their wings” with programming drone aerial navigation as part of an Elementary S.T.E.M. PBL Unit. Project-Based Learning (PBL) entails a collaborative learning experience as students work in teams on long-term, multidisciplinary projects that are structured around real-world, relevant, and probing questions. Collaboratively facilitated by their S.T.E.M. and homeroom teachers, fourth and fifth grade students at Allendale Columbia School have been participating in this joint PBL Unit since the beginning of the school year.
This was an amazing teaching and learning experience for everyone, and we invite you to peruse the steps along our PBL journey as portrayed in the images below…
Posted in: Fifth Grade, Fourth Grade, Highlights, Lower School
seventh annual “Through the Student Lens” exhibition. Fourteen area high schools are participating in the show, having submitted a portfolio of ten photographs each. Alena Ragan, Brandon Medina, Caroline Mealey, Misha Zain, Laurie King, Caleb du Plessis, Alivia Martin, Zitong Jin, Alyssa Broberg, and Phelan Conheady’s prints will be displayed in the gallery through April 17th.
Posted in: Highlights, Kid Kudos