Middle school students rake muck and launch stuff in a fun week of learning

Middle school students rake muck and launch stuff in a fun week of learning

[Top Image: Students from the middle school ESports Club visited the high school this week, for their first visit to the "eSports Stadium," home of the district's competitive eSports Team.] 

Students in Mr. Nacerino’s social studies classes learned about muckrakers, a group of pre-World War I American writers -- including Upton Sinclair, Lincoln Steffens, and Ida Tarbell -- who exposed issues that existed in American society as a result of the rise of big business, urbanization, and other social issues.

They writers practiced largely exposé writing to provide accurate journalistic accounts of the political and economic corruption and social hardships caused by the power of big business as the country was so rapidly industrialized.  

The students became muckrakers themselves, creating their own posters and political cartoons.

 

 

In Ms. Siruchek’s App Creator classes, students are in the testing phase of their second STEM challenge -- the Ball Launcher!

The goal: Build a launcher that can propel an aluminum foil ball as far as possible, AND a receiver to catch the ball without letting it hit the ground.

Students not only had to design and build their devices, they also had to manage their project point budget to "buy" materials from an approved list of material, organized by specific point values.