I’d like to share an incredible new space science resource, Solar System Scope. Featuring a set of easy-to-use tools, the site offers interactive 3D views of the planets. Pair this site with a Mimo or Polyvision board for a hands-on virtual fly-through of our solar system. Quick tip- Set the view to full screen for a cinematic effect. Check it out: http://www.solarsystemscope.com/
I’m thrilled to report that Penn Manor students recently took 1st and 2nd place in the Eighth Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). TARC is a national competition demanding that student teams successfully launch model rockets to specific altitudes and flight time requirements. Read the national press release here: http://is.gd/cd0t6.
Rocket Team Director and PM High School science teacher, Brian Osmolinski, led 4 Penn Manor teams into the competition. Brian writes:
“PMHS team 1 was third and Marticville was about 12th going into the final round. Their second flights went beautifully and PMHS team 1 jumped into first place and Marticville Middle jumped into second place, beating the former first place team by 4/10 of a point. It truly was an amazing experience for these kids who have been launching every weekend since February in cold, snowy, windy weather.”
Congratulations to our students for demonstrating outstanding science, math and engineering skills. PM students at the rocket challenge include:
1st Place Team: High School – Jordan Franssen, Brendan Stoeckl, Tyler Funk, Nate Bernhardt
2nd Place Team: Marticville Middle – Jess Stoner, Tom Sowers, Wyatt Shiffler
52nd Place Team: Manor Middle – Maggie McClintock, Jesse Burkholder, Andrew Lobos, Eric Keefer
100th Place Team: High School Team 2 – Will Shipley, Henry Stewart, Mike Thomson, Ivan Puskovic
Penn Manor has just received formal “substantial funding” approval from PDE for $106,000 in new Classrooms For The Future grant money. Funding will provide 3 additional High School laptop carts for a total of 90 new student Macbook laptops. The new carts will bring the total High School student cart count up to 14 units. Our new equipment should arrive in October.
This week we feature another round of elementary student guest writers: Joel, Julianna, & Julianne.
Laptops are Cool in School
Laptops are cool in school for many reasons. One way our classroom has made use of laptops is by typing our monthly poems and other writing assignments. When typing our monthly poems we learned how to spell check, change the styling of the letters, and change the size of letters. We also learned how to type with our fingers on the right keys instead of pressing them with one finger only.
Another useful way we used laptops was when our classroom researched watersheds. We went to http://www.pacleanways.org/kids/ to learn more about watersheds. We played games and answered trivia questions that helped us learn about watersheds and the nature surrounding them. As you can see, our class has put laptops to lots of use. We have had lots of fun as well as learned how to properly take care of and use laptops wisely in school. Laptops are cool in school!
Some of you might know that I’m an Astronomy aficionado. With that said, here is a tidbit that is not strictly technology related, but still cool. There’s been a great deal of recent buzz about Comet 17P/Holmes. Comet Holmes was an obscure little ball of ice that suddenly and unexpectedly increased in brightness to about magnitude 2.5. This means that the comet is easily seen without the aid of binoculars or a telescope even in those areas where light pollution obscures many fainter stars. Continue reading