September 5, 2018
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
APES students hiked in St. Mary’s Wilderness area this week examining the characteristics of types of forest, wilderness ecosystem, and the effects of mining and forest fires. Students collected data on stream pH, nitrates, phosphates, water and air temperature.
Humanities I students participate in education theory review by collaborating on tabletop summaries of theorists— this activity functions as their rough draft of the theory sheets they create that demonstrate students’ abilities to recall, process, and apply educational theory.
Senior theater students work on scene studies using “guideposts” for moment before, humor, and opposites. Michael Shurtleff developed what he calls “The Twelve Guideposts” to help an actor create a dynamic, motivated character quickly.
Students are working on various rules for finding the derivatives of functions.
SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH – LIFE SCIENCE
Students are working on a lab quantifying protein concentrations using their understanding of protein chemist and a simple test for protein quantification. They used the basics of spectrophotometry and developed skills in using a spectrophotometer and in preparing dilutions for analysis and calculating original concentrations. To analyze their results, students constructed and used a standard curve and spreadsheet software to organize, display, and analyze data.
Students are beginning to explore reverse engineering in preparation for defining their own reverse engineering projects.
Students worked on exploring data with descriptive statistics and visualization. Students created an R Notebook and demonstrated knowledge in constructing data visualizations, creating contingency tables, and calculating descriptive statistics. R is a software environment for statistical computing. They explained what the data visualizations, contingency tables, and descriptive statistics indicate about their dataset. Students made the decisions of which tools were appropriate and in what circumstances. They generated their own questions about the dataset and answered those questions.
Students participated in a philosophy workshop with a guest lecturer, retired and former SVGS math teacher, Ralph Irons.
Students built drones and are working to calibrate flight parameters and document their design and construction process.
GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Students worked on tutorials and a mapping problem identifying evacuation zones, helicopter landing zones, location for medical support, and vulnerable areas following a hazardous waste spill.
Students were engaged in workshops with guests artists in advanced printmaking and jewelry making.
Students worked with a lab on projectile motion as they extend their skills in using vectors and laws of motion.