Third graders in Ms. Beard’s class at Tackan Elementary School are learning how to create simple machines during a hands-on Project Lead the Way lesson on Jan. 7. Using Vex kits and working in small groups, the students are working on a unit on stability and motion. During the lesson on simple machines and forces, the students had to find all the parts in the kit and then follow step-by-step instructions on the iPad to complete the build.
Science students from High School East and High School West had the opportunity to see exciting science experiments happen right before their eyes during a visit from Dave Maiullo and his off-Broadway production of “That Physics Show” on Jan. 8 in the High School East auditorium.
During the two performances, Mr. Maiullo, along with assistance from college students from Rutgers University, showed off laws of science with an hour-long production. Mr. Maiullo will demonstrate a variety of experiments that showcase segments on motion, momentum, vacuum, friction, energy, density, fluid motion, sound waves and sound vibration, light waves, temperature and more.
The hands-on experiments showcased many of the different laws of science. As a grand finale, Mr. Maiullo even engaged members of the audience for his bed of nails demonstration, having two students stand on top of him while on a bed of nails.
Just prior to the winter holiday break, the second graders at Tackan Elementary School participated in hands-on activities during their winter work centers. Rotating through the four different classrooms, the students participated in making different art projects, such as a penguin made out of hearts, a snow globe, fingerprint snowmen and gingerbread men using glyphs to decode the different parts of the body. Along with the art projects, the second graders wrote about the wintertime and what it means to them.