4th and 5th Grade Challenge Program students from Field-Stevenson and Grant-White became astronauts on a simulated NASA mission to Mars on November 16th. Serving on both the Mission Control team and the Spacecraft team, students were in charge of running all aspects of the mission, working hands-on with science experiments, and communicating with each other.
Before their voyage, students had to apply for their positions by completing an application about themselves. There were various jobs that required specific skills to apply. Based on their application, students were assigned to one of many teams: Probe, Medical, Communications, Life Support, Isolation and Life Support. Each team had a role that was critical for the mission success. Students had a great time and led a successful mission through their teamwork
Middle School Challenge 6th and 7th grade students participated in the 2015 Northern Illinois Model UN Conference at the Chicago History Museum on Friday, November 13th. Taking on the role as delegates from various countries, students did an outstanding job speaking, debating and writing resolutions on international affairs.
The interactive simulations included crisis scenarios that tested their foreign policy knowledge and negotiating skills. The students absolutely had a blast and learned a great deal.
Future City: Solid Waste Management
Eighth grade students got a rare and fascinating behind-the scenes tour of a recycling facility in Chicago as we explored the topic of solid waste management. We also stopped by a small business called “The Wasteshed” which provides the community with repurposing of items that otherwise end up in the trash. Students are currently building a simulated city model and incorporating futuristic solid waste management ideas into their design.
Third grade students invented exciting times for their “Extrordinaire client” by researching, looking closely and asking questions.
Hour of CODE
Students are working with Hands-On Equations and are employing creative computing with MIT’s Scratch application where they can learn to think creatively and reason systematically.
8th grade worked with Mr. Shelton on scale.
Nasa sent our students Mars and Moon soil simulants to test!
Gifted Summer Programs
Northwestern Center for Talent development is accepting applications for their 2014 Summer Program.
Programs are held in Evanston, Elmhurst, Skokie, Palatine, Naperville, Chicago and Lake Forest, Illinois
Dominican University will announce their summer Gifyed and Talented programs soon. Check their website for announcements and applicant information.