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6th Grade Citizen Science
These students are engaged in individual Citizen Science projects where they select an environmental issue and collect data using online resources such as animal webcams or NOAA temperature/precipitation data to answer their own unique questions. For example, two students wanted to know if the animals that used a waterhole in Africa vaired by the air temperature. Another group of students wanted to exaine the amount of cloud cover in various parts of San Diego County to see if that affected the temperature at night. Students collected and analyzed their data over the course of the year, continuing to make cnclusions and asking additional questions based on what they observed.
Come to their EXPO Day booth to see the students showcase their projects and learn how Citizen Science can be used to answer questions, even if you live on another continent!
Thrive Public Schools, Team Hypernova
Mrs. Kristina H. Watkins leads her 7th grade STEM class from Thrive Public Schools through the Universe with the help of Big History Project. Students created murals, models and Minecraft manipulations of games synthesizing content. Team Hypernova collaborated to design, code and build portals to mini Minecraft games that will take players through fun and exciting playable challenges covering 13.8 billion years of time: The Big Bang Theory, Stars, Solar System, Earth and Life!
Come to their EXPO Day booth to see this team explain their projects through the computer and other visual aids. Play their custom-made Minecraft Realms and learn how to build your own Minecraft portals at home!
Mr. Rogalski's Art and Science Classes
These students are studying how many elements cycle as chlorine does, and how atoms move in the 4 main types of chemical reactions - themed "The Atomic Dance." Students have also learned about the interactive installation art, and have generated ideas for an installation that would teach the public about elemental cycles and types of reactions using the theme of tThe Atomic Dance.
Come to their EXPO Day booth to complete an art project that teaches the elements cycle and the 4 reaction types. Then add your art to a live mural, and see the elements and cycles visually represented!
Team of Three
Each year, over 50 million people in the US participate in some form of bird watching, including at-home use of bird feeders, bird houses, and baths. This team is addressing this huge market by designing the best bird feeder ever - Optimus Volucres. This team used various high-tech processes to make this bird feeder including: 3D design, 3D prototyping, prototype tooling, and short run production with modern plastics.
Come to their EXPO Day booth to see and learn about the process of imagining, designing, prototyping, and creating a new product. Check out all their prototypes to learn the process of trial and error in making a great product. Finally, enter in a drawing to win one of these state-of-the-art bird feeders!
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11th Grade Science Environmental Biology Class
These students will educate the public on the proper way to create a biotope for an aquarium to ensure the least amount of stress for their fish. Students are looking at ways that humans impact the natural ecosystems and are attempting to create pristine environments for their species to survive.
Come to their EXPO Day booth to see full fish tank set ups with live fish. Learn about their biotope example that showcases the unique environment these fish experience in the wild.
Carmel Creek Humanitarians
These students engaged in projects on habitat research. They asked the important question - What can we do to protect the habitats? They researched and learned about plant and animal dependency, about human impact, and what we can do locally to make a difference. The team created a plan and published a book to inform people everywhere about the state of the environment.
Come to their EXPO Day booth to see copies of their book "It's Not Too Late", and learn about what YOU can do to save the environment and preserve habitats!
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All Girls STEM Society
This group hosts free monthly workshops at public libraries on various STEM topics including astronomy, aerospace, biology, chemistry, circuity, game theory, math, robotics, and many more, all aimed for girls in grades 3-8. All curriculum is designed and taught by high school students, and the organization is completely student-run.
This group will showcase their workshops and programs at the Festival's Women in STEM event on March 8th at the Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Library from 6-9pm. Visit the Festival Week Events page for more information!
This group's mission is to get primary school girls interested in STEM-related fields. By visiting classrooms and providing lessons, experiments, crafts, tasts, and games, the Femineers aim to inspire girl to pursue STEM classes and fields throughout their higher education.
This group will showcase their lessons and experiments at the Festival's Women in STEM event on March 8th at the Serra Mesa-Kearyny Mesa Library from 6-9pm. Visit the Festival Week Events page for more information!