AMPHIBIANS!!!!!!!

On Wednesday we went to the Land Campus to see if any amphibians had emerged. Only three frogs were found; we identified them as cricket frogs but we could not find any salamanders. Even though not many amphibians were found we took notes of possible amphibian habitats so we can revisit them later in the spring. We are planning to set a trap to catch amphibians and document how many species of amphibians our Land Campus has. We will use this data to see how healthy our ponds are.

-LP

 

Trimester 2 presentations!

Today, the adolescents presented group projects to their parents and the Elementary and Primary classrooms of CMS. Students shared the experience and knowledge they acquired in their studies of Ancient African Kingdoms and computer programming with Raspberry Pi computers as well as the process of design and creation. While it is not possible to share all of their work from the second trimester in only one hour, the students crafted and delivered an informative and entertaining presentation. There was quite the buzz among the elementary students that were engaged in learning about the work of the adolescents. Well done, adolescents!

What does a peer-review session look like in the AP?

Today, we had the first draft of our humanities research paper due. Every trimester we bring two copies of our papers to be edited by our peers in a peer-edit session. We are also required to write a memo with questions, suggestions, and comments for our editors. Each editor has a checklist. We are looking for a thesis, proper grammar, punctuation and all the things you need for a nice research paper (introduction, body, and conclusion). Our papers need to meet the requirements and have in-text citations. We use color markers to edit. We will turn in our final copy next week.

-KM

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Trimester 2 Math Projects

Do you have a career that is based around science? If so, then your career involves a lot of math. Even if you don’t have a career in science, then you still might be curious about what people in those fields do. These students were definitely interested in many careers and branches of science. From Astronomy to Zoology, there was a wide variety in the fields of science that the students chose. The students then researched specific ways of how math is used in those sciences. Then in a great variety of ways, the students demonstrated these examples. Those examples that the students shared, connected well to their studies in Algebra, so everyone was able to understand what was going on. Everyone’s presentations were great, enjoyable and fun!

-ER

 

Wash U Visit

Today the students visited the campus of Washington University of St. Louis and toured the buildings that house the recently renamed (like, yesterday) Mckelvey Engineering Department. Following the tour, the students participated in a panel discussion where undergraduate students in the department shared their insight on an engineering career in today’s rapidly evolving workplace as well as the mindset that young students should have when deciding on a course of study or career. We all were amazed by the amount and quality of the labs and projects in the department.

 

~ Mr. Mike

 

AP Winter Retreat 2019!

The adolescents had a great time at Shaw Nature Reserve. The cabins there were really nice. They were heated and had bunk beds! Our morning routine was waking up, some earlier than others, to begin prep for breakfast. We had a very organized crew of cooking and cleaning. After breakfast, we had a program where we learned about wetlands and the unique ecosystems at Shaw.  We also discussed literature and had free time to play cards and read. We went hiking all of the days with an educator who shared with us nature stuff.  The very last day we went to Washington University’s Tyson Research Center to learn about wolves. The Endangered Wolf Center at Tyson protects wolfs and releases them. They had some of the most endangered species of wolves on the planet and Painted African Dog pups! All in all, the trip was great and the incoming adolescents have something to look forward to next year. 

-YT