Mr. Shirley's Human Anatomy and Physiology students completed a lab where they had to use materials to create a 3D model of the human digestive system. Students had to put the organs (materials) in the correct location along the Gastrointestinal tract, as well as label the organs and list the functions of each organ. Students worked on this projects in groups of 2-3 students. Enjoy the pictures below.
Biology students discover a mystery animal with the only clue being 6 sections of DNA. They had to complete protein synthesis, creating mRNA from DNA and then connecting a series of amino acids to form a protein. These proteins represented traits such as hairy, 4-legged, feline.
IB students gather mud from local Buffalo Creek to create Winogradsky columns. They packed layers of mud with newspaper as a carbon source and egg yolks as sulfer. In the next few weeks layers of different bacteria will make themselves visible as various colors. The ecosystem in a box will be studied for its separation of aerobic vs. anaerobic autotrophs.
Students used flame test in chemistry to explore how we determine make up of stars and identify the make up of different materials. Students had to identify unknown element in lab based on their experiments.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual celebration to encourage interest in computer science for K-12 students. It is held during the birthday week of computing pioneer, Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). CHS teachers and students fully committed to celebrating this event this year.
Most students and many teachers participated in at least one Hour of Code, an online Computer Science learning platform. Mr. Blakemore's Computer Science students mentored CES students participating in the Hour of Code. Mrs. Sheriff's Healthcare Science students held Google Hangouts with Daniel Deutsch, Computer Science Engineer with Palantir in London and with Kimberly Toth, Mechanical Engineer on the Google X self-driving car team. Mrs. Austin's students used Makey Makey to make a piano out of play dough.
To further emphasize STEM this week, several science teachers had students participate in lab activities during class this week. Mrs. Bradford-Hunt's students developed a model for a periodic trend and then presented to the class their findings on what happens to the atoms as you move down a group and across a period on the periodic table for their trend. Mrs. Swindle's students used their shoes to simulate the stages of meiosis. In this picture, pairs of shoes represent homologous pairs of chromosomes in metaphase 1. If you look closely you can see where crossing-over occurred in prophase 1 contributing to genetic variation in the future daughter cells. Mrs. Swindle's students also used the new Chromebook cart to access Quizizz to play a game to review for their mid-term exams.
The Library Media Center held a teacher lunch-and-learn session to learn how to create webpages using Weebly and held events where students could participate in Google Hangouts with Dao Nguyen (Buzzfeed), Kevin Systrom (Instagram), and Hadi Partovi (Code.org). The LMC also kept extended hours for students to participate in coding exercises through code.org.
Since the Hour of Code initiative launched in 2013, millions of people around the world have participated in the coding tutorials provided on code.org, and schools and companies such as Apple and Microsoft have hosted Hour of Code events. For more information about the Hour of Code, visit http://hourofcode.org.
Mr. Hawig's students explored samples of locally collected lichen from Carrollton's Greenbelt. They used a variety of classic scientific tools to consider the shape, color and structural components that help lichen function in a symbiotic relationship. Lichen also serves as a pioneer species of ecological succession which is often referenced in Milestone questions.
The CHS STEM program is successful and AdvancED certified. We have had the privilege of sharing our experiences all over the nation. On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Mr. Stacy Lawler (CHS Assistant Principal and CTAE/STEM Director) and Mrs. Kasey Austin (CHS Engineering Teacher) presented STEM the Trojan Way at the STEM Drive-In Conference at the Griffin RESA. On Friday, November 13, 2015, Mr. Lawler and Mrs. Stephanie Holloway (CHS Library Media Specialist) were invited to present at the South Carolina AdvancED Conference in Colombia, South Carolina. Their presentation was titled "Prove It," and they had the honor of sharing how CHS documented evidence to earn AdvancED STEM certification with Dr. Dereck Rhoads (Chief Instructional Services Officer, Beaufort County School District) and Mrs. Alesia Burnette (Executive Director of Elementary Education, Rowan-Salisbury Schools). For more information about the CHS STEM Program or AdvancED STEM Certification or to visit our school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.