All Saints Catholic School Richmond, Va
 

2016-2017

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as defined by the National Research Council is an interdisciplinary or trans-disciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world problem-based and performance-based lessons. All Saints promotes STEM integration throughout our curriculum at all grade levels and through extra-curricular programs such as LEGO Robotics and 4-H STEM.

Arts integration at All Saints includes visual arts and performing arts.  Students shine at our Arts Museum Exhibition in the Spring and in our Spring Talent Show.  The annual Spring Drama is always a hit and Knights Under the Lights provides an opportunity in the summer for theatrical and musical talents to be showcased. 

Art Integration


Knights Under the Lights, a summer theatre camp hosted and sponsored by All Saints, performed Mary Poppins in August. Check out photos of  the supercalifraglilisticexpialidocious performance HERE.

Third and fourth graders integrate art into their social studies and science classes. Click HERE to see samples of third grade community illustrations, fourth grade Virginia postcards, and third grade moon phases. 

 

 

4-H STEM

During the week of August 15th,  four All Saints students, James Seldon, Taiheem Churchwell, Jocelyn Matthews, and Nasja Powers attended the 2016 Agricultural Commodities Tour sponsored by the Richmond Growing 4-H Science Team. The students explored a llama farm, Rte 11 chips, a produce auction, a creamery and farmers' market. They also learned about agricultural research and women owned and operated agri-business. Their group photo is shared on page 3 of the September issue of the Growing 4-H Science News. Check it out HERE.

 

 

All Saints Garden

The pre-kindergarten class weeded and planted pumpkin seeds. They will watch them grow this fall. Check out photos of their efforts HERE.

LEGO Robotics

In November 2016,  ASCS Flaming Marshmallows LEGO Robotics team won Best Robotic Project for Division II and the Amazing Knights were 2nd place Champions of  Division I and were selected to move onto the State Competition in December 2016 at James Madison University where they won the Inspiration Award.

The Amazing Knights adopted Ana, an African elephant from the Maryland Zoo while visiting the zoo to brainstorm a solution to poaching.  Their innovative solution is a robotic snake that will search for snares set by poachers so that they can be destroyed.  The Flaming Marshmallows researched shark attacks and shark populations in the US. They determined that sharks will flee when they detect the scent of a killer whale thus their innovative solution is a Killer Whale scent spray that will send sharks swimming away from people, therefore reducing the number of shark attacks and  sustaining the lives of sharks who can be beneficial to the environment.  Click HERE for photo highlights.  

STEM in the Classroom

On, April 27th the 7th grade class participated in the Speed into Science Day at the Richmond International Raceway. Students learned about the chemistry and physics behind racecars and racing. Students applied their knowledge of forces and motion as they discussed what would happen to a clay object sling-shot at a wall made of wood versus a wall made of Styrofoam. Then students participated in rollover, distracted driving, and airbag demonstrations. There were additional lessons about the chemistry behind the inside of an engine. After lunch, students moved to the infield of the racetrack where they measured the heat of a car before and after it took a lap on the track. They also experimented with friction to understand the importance of the makeup of the track and the tires, and they experienced the Doppler effect right on the track. See photos of their fun day “racing” to apply science knowledge to real world situations HERE.

On, April 26th the Environmental Action Club (EAC) helped ASCS students celebrate Earth Day! The day started with an Earth Day themed prayer, video, and pledge at morning assembly. Then members of EAC helped conduct lessons in the pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms with book readings, coloring pages, Earth Day headbands, and cars and speakers made from recyclable materials. The day wrapped up after lunch with stations for the 3rd through 8th Graders including Jeopardy, an Earth Day art banner, a recycling relay race, and a carbon footprint activity. All Saints was definitely feeling green! See photos HERE.

In March, the 7th Grade Physical Science students were tasked with selecting to create a device related to what they had learned about electricity and magnetism. Students engineered a variety of items including parallel and series circuits, electromagnets, batteries, and motors. Some of the 7th graders were particularly creative with their devices using materials such as coins and vinegar to make batteries and soda-powered batteries to power electromagnets. Check out the electricity flowing in Ms. Kelly’s room HERE.

The 6th Grade Life Science students practiced their knowledge of DNA replication by modeling the process of unwinding and replicating DNA using paperclips. The class had a fun time making this microscopic process come to life! See their creations HERE.

Students in 6th and 7th grade combined their science knowledge with their love of art in an interdisciplinary project for the James River Association. The goal of the project was to create a poster displaying “What a Healthy River Means to Me.” Students brainstormed their ideas in science class and then brought their creations to life during their art period. Six students had their posters submitted to the JRA as part of the contest. Mr. Binford and Ms. Kelly enjoyed getting to bring each of their passions together into one project! See their art HERE.

In 6th Grade Life Science, students were given the task of creating their own animal that could adapt to its surroundings as part of our biomes and adaptations unit. Students worked in groups to decide on what combination of animals would be part of their creation as well as answering questions about why that combination of animals was best for the environment that they had selected. The 6th graders definitely got their creative juices flowing from animals like the Backagator (part bird, part alligator, part snake) to the B.A.T.H. bug. See their creations HERE. After creating their animals, students then worked with their groups to put together a presentation about their new animal. Presentations ranged from slideshows to information sheets to brochures, and some groups even took on the extra challenge of creating a model of their new animal.

In 7th Grade Physical Science, students worked individually or in teams to create their own sound amplification speaker in order to apply their knowledge of sound and light waves. The extra challenge of this project was that students could only use recyclable materials! After brainstorming their designs, students got to work bringing their designs to life to be tested. The testing process involved amplifying a tuning note and measuring the decibels produced. Students were able to test their initial design and then made modifications to their design to increase the decibels produced by their speaker system. Check out their designs HERE.

The first graders read the book "Clifford's Family," learning about Clifford's parents and siblings, as well as the jobs they do.  Each group of students was then given a dog bone for Clifford to deliver to one special family member.  Each group had to design a container that could hold the bone safely without it falling out.  The container also had to have a handle for Clifford to carry in his mouth, as well as a label and design for one specific family member. See photos HERE.

In 6th Grade Life Science class, students were given the task of engineering an ecosystem in a bottle that would be able to maintain life. After being given a basic list of materials, students brainstormed in groups about  their ecosystem design and additional materials needed. Students then brought their designs to life and took observations on various aspects, such as the soil, water, atmosphere, and life, for a full week. At the end of the week, students took a “tour” of their classmates’ ecosystems to observe the variety of designs and outcomes. Students reflected on how well they were able to maintain life, what they learned about ecosystems, and how they would change their ecosystems if done again. Check out photos HERE.

In 7th Grade Physical Science class, students worked to apply their knowledge of motion, forces, and Newton’s 3 Laws to be able to protect an egg (and it’s yolk!) from cracking during a fall from a classroom window. Students worked in pairs to brainstorm ideas, adding features to their designs as they continued to learn more about forces and air resistance. Then the students created their egg drop contraptions; their goal for the initial drop was to not have their egg crack. After successfully completing this challenge, students were given the additional challenge of protecting not only the egg shell but also the yolk inside the egg. Students were able to modify their egg drop contraption designs in order to successfully complete this "egg-tra" challenge. See photos HERE.

On Halloween, science students completed a few spooky Halloween experiments. Each student had the opportunity to create their own slime of a color of their choosing. Students also created expanding ghosts by taking advantage of the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar to produce carbon dioxide to fill up balloons. A "spook-tacular" time was had by all! Check out photos HERE.

 

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