Mr. Shirley's class completed a lab last week. During the lab, students rotated around the room to different stations to learn the different components of high blood pressure, low blood pressure, heart disease, pulse, and cardiovascular health. Students took their classmates' blood pressure, calculated pulse (before and after jogging in place for one minute), read copious articles, and took on online predictor quiz for heart disease via a QR code link to a CDC website.
STEM Premier is an organization designed to bring together innovative companies, prestigious educational organizations, and STEM students in an online environment. Their site aids students in developing a STEM career pathway from the middle school level through doctoral studies, assists educators with recruiting efforts for their schools, and helps link potential employees to companies. Last week, the STEM Premier organization released an annual ranking of the top STEM high school students. Juniors and seniors from all over the United States were evaluated on over thirty traits, including the student's achievements and experiences. Students from over 12,000 schools were narrowed to an elite list of the STEM Premier top 100 students.
This year, Carrollton High School senior, Dorothy Szymkiewicz, was recognized on this prestigious list of high school STEM students.. When asked about Dorothy, Kristie Bradford-Hunt, CHS Chemistry Teacher and ROV Sponsor said, "Dorothy has been the captain of the ROV team for two years. She has participated in the ROV program since she was a freshman working on every facet of the competition, paper writing, poster presentation, driver, as well as design and engineering the vehicle. She has taken the most challenging science and math classes offered at CHS and excelled in all of them. She is a self starter and a leader both inside the classroom and out. Dorothy has the ability to focus on her own achievements but is willing to help out others and try to motivate them to do their best."
Congratulations Dorothy on this well deserved honor! For a full list of the national Top 100 rankings, visit http://stempremier.com/rankings.
Three members of the CHS faculty presented at the West Georgia RESA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Conference in Peachtree City on March 3-4, 2016, In his first professional conference presentation, Mr. Tim Hawig (CHS Science Teacher) made CHS proud by presenting on how to incorporate STEM in Biology. His presentation explored the state biology standards and how to link STEM activities to each standard. Participants were thrilled as he shared his dynamic STEM lessons and labs. Mr. Stacy Lawler (CHS Assistant Principal/CTAE and STEM Coordinator) and Mrs. Kasey Austin (STEM Teacher) were asked to share their presentation, "STEM - The Trojan Way," for the fourth consecutive year. Their presentation illustrates how we implement STEM through our engineering program at CHS and describes our partnership with Southwire for the CHS Southwire Engineering Academy. For more information, view the conference program or the conference website.
Mr. Hawig dressed as Gregor Mendel last week at school. When asked about his dress, he said, "to dress up as Gregor Mendel, the "Father of Genetics," is a way to connect scientific history and help students remember how discoveries can be made. As they see me, I ask them my occupation, what do I do during the day, why I might have time on my hands to "see" things that had not been seen before. We discuss who he was and what he did such as discover the mathematical relationships involved in creating new organisms that the vocabulary that is still used to solve discoveries in the world of genetics."
On January 22nd, students from Carrollton High School traveled to Newnan, Georgia for the Regional Technology Fair. A first place win in this competition qualifies the team’s entry in the State Technology Fair. The state competition is in Macon, Georgia on March 5th. Any senior who wins first place at State wins a $500 scholarship. 38 students from Carrollton attended the Regional Technology Fair and competed in 18 categories. Congratulations to the following students: