TPSS Actively Involved in STEM Education
Chudney Hart's physical science class at IHS launched rockets using the Aqua Pod Launcher to demonstrate Newton's Laws.
Independence High School’s Agriculture and Earth Science Classes teamed up to demonstrate how thermodynamic principles are applied when growing strawberries. Students and instructors discussed why it is important to utilize the earth’s heat to help protect strawberry crops when the threat of freezing weather is present.
Nesom students in Ms. Zieske's class create a rap explaining energy transformations. Nesom has talent.
Science teachers in grades 4-12 participated in LIGO science training at the LIGO facility in Livingston, LA.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hosted a Whooping Crane training January 22, 2013. CC Lanier, Title 1 STEM, attended the event which was held at White Lake Wetland Conservation Center in Gueydan, Louisiana. The facility and 50,000 acres of wetlands are owned and operated by the State of Louisiana. The facility has hosted famous individuals such as President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Whooping Crane is the tallest bird in North America, native to Louisiana, and is an endangered species; therefore, the Whooping Crane is now a protected bird. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is working with scientists to save the species. The pictures shown were taken in the marshes of White Lake. Additional information on the Whooping Crane may be found at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/whooping-cranes
Sumner High School physics students recently visited LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) in Livingston. James Lewis' students participated in various activities such as creating a vacuum. Markus Brumfield and Maranda Beadle were wrapped in a bag while air was removed. The students also experimented with exhibits that demonstrated concepts in sound, motion, and light.
Southeastern Louisiana University hosted Career Paths in the Physical Sciences (CAPPS) Friday, November 2. SELU invited high school seniors to attend the event. The program included a variety of speakers from industry, government, and universities who work in STEM careers. Undergraduates, Bijay Bhattarai and Suraj Ayer, in the Department of Chemistry and Physics as well as SELU professors, Drs Rhett Allain and Zhengrong Li, performed demonstrations for the audience. Loranger High School Jeremy Haase used liquid nitrogen to freeze a rose in seconds. Jeremy then shattered the rose in pieces. Anthony Spedale from Loranger High School also attended the event.
David Musacchia's students at IHS built 3-D atomic models.
Theresa Steward's 4th grade students at Amite Elementary enjoyed a visit from the Audubon Aquarium Aquavan. The Aquavan is sponsored by Chevron and brings amazing animals, a presenter, and activities for students to the school's doorstep. Students with perfect attendance participated in the event.
Project I-STEM (Integrated Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for math and science teachers in grades 6-9 participated in a summer workshop held at Southeastern Louisiana University July 9 -20. The project is a LaSIP funded grant from the Board of Regents. District teachers are instructed SELU professors by Dr.Troy Williams, Dept of Chemistry and Physics, and Dr. Gwendolyn Autin, Dept of Teaching and Learning on the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers participated in designing and constructing systems, integrating technology, and implementation of the new standards. Participating schools are Amite High, Hammond High, Independence High, Kentwood High, Loranger High, Ponchatoula High, Nesom, Loranger Middle, Sumner Middle, Kentwood Jr, Hammond Jr, Ponchatoula Jr, Oak Forest, and Trafton.