Science Team Goes to State

Our Varsity and Junior Varsity competed in a regional competition against many of the top grade schools in our area, including the academic centers for Whitney Young and Lane. Both teams did extremely well!

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The top Varsity teams from the region moved on to the state event, and our Varsity came in 4th place in the region!

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Our team traveled to the University of Illinois to compete in the state competition.

Good Luck and Thank You Mr. Taff!

Fifth Grade Science

From Ms Kolkmeyer

Students in 5th grade are learning about the scientific method. They are learning about dependent and independent variables, control groups, and the importance of having controlled experiments where the method of investigation remains constant.

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Recently, they conducted an investigation where they made a prediction about how many drops of water a penny could hold. Students tested their predictions using both uncontrolled and controlled trials. Many were surprised when their predictions, ranging from 3-8 drops of water, were incorrect. Many students were able to fit close to 45 drops on one single penny! In each trial, students recorded their methods as well as appropriate data. They learned that without controlling the method in which an investigation is conducted, the results cannot be valid, or trusted.

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This practice will be key as students prepare for the 5th grade science fair in 4th quarter!

2015 Science Olympiad

Our Science Olympiad teams were extremely successful in their recent competition. Each team, JV and Varsity, competed in 23 different Science orientated competitions like building events such as bridges, elastic launched gliders, wheeled vehicles, air trajectory and bottle rockets, to other competitions such as Fossils, Anatomy and Physiology, Green Generation, Meteorology and many more.

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Science OlympiadEach of our teams placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in 15 out of the 23 competitions in their respective divisions. We competed against 17 different schools. LaSalle II placed 4th overall. The top 5 teams win a bid for State competition. State will be held on April 18th.

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Varsity Team:
Carlos S., David M., Billy B., Alexis M., Maia C., Quin C., David S., Edgar M., Ricardo G., Jayson C., Oscar S., Emma Z., Ashton M., Jacqueline O., and Chloe M.

Junior Varsity:
Salam H., Adam H., Sean H., Eric S., Stella M., Karla D., Sylivia G, Elliana B., Ethan I., Jazmin S., Nathan B., Ethan D., Ian F., and Megan M.

A huge thank you to our coach Mr. Taff for working so tirelessly with our students!

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Invention Convention & Science Fair

Mr Taff provided this recap of the Junior High Invention Convention (7th) and Science Fair (6th and 8th) which were held last week. There were over 150 participants in the convention and fair.

The Inventions were impressive in their array of ideas. The inventions were ranged from making life easier, to having fun, or to practice a sport. The students presented their inventions to a judge as the culmination to the four month long process. As part of the exploration of the scientific method for inventions the students also created trading cards of 15 different inventions throughout history. These trading cards included their own which someday we are sure will be very valuable!!!

The winners of the Invention Convention are:

  • 1st Place: Angela S, Alexis M, Maia C
  • 2nd Place: Quin C, Tayvia R, Ariana K, Luz Z, Jayson C, William B
  • 3rd Place: Carlos S, Nicole R, David S, Alivia S
  • Honorable Mention: Fatima L, Mariah L

Here are the students and the inventions who participated in the convention.

Student Name Invention Student Name Invention
Genevieve P Boot Taker-Offer Edgar M Pen/Pencil
Mikeah P Book pad Benjamin C Cereal Saver
Mariah L Pet Chef Timothy W Zipper Socks
Kamari J Automatic Shoe Tier Angela S Purse/Portfolio Kit
Juan S Balloon Blower Selena C Wallet Glove
Fatima L Pack Lunch Maker Maia C Velcro Jar Top
Johana M Mist Tayvia R Soda phones
Angeline M Speakers to Headphones David S Soccer Bot 7
Justina G Quick Steam Imani S Magic Stain Remover
Frank P Charge-O-Matic Alivia S Remote Controlled Slippers
Jakob M Mug-2 in 1 Nayetzy M A Girl’s Best Friend
William B Newton Pack Jayson C Magnetic Jacket
Carlos S Heating Snow Blower Keny C Homemade Stress Ball
Tchara L Egg Ice Cream Blair R Pocket Notebook
Ghadi R Strap able Bottle Jacquelyn O Gas be Gone
Nicole R Adjustable Shirt Ashley R PB&J 27
Alex M Pen/Pencil Ricardo G Magni Fetch
Maricandy A Light maker Aaliyah R Baking Soda Teeth Whitener
Carlos G Stunt Air-bag Isabel R 2 in 1 Spatula
Quin C Bike Helmet Wipes Ariana K Indestructible Pocket
Jacquelyn H Sound Amplifier Dionne B Sleep Saver
Alexis M The Steam Cabinet Antoni R Reusable Cold Pack
Xavier R The L.S.S. Luz Z Zip-lock Bag Organizer
Damien P Inside Out Sports Glove

 

The Science Fair was equally impressive in the types of experiments that were conducted. Students in 6th and 8th grade also worked on their experiment for four months getting ready for the fair. Students presented their findings to a judge at the fair. The scores in the science competition were very close.

8th grade Winners

  • 1st Place: Sydney P, Maxum E, Emilia F
  • 2nd Place: Leigh T, Samantha C
  • 3rd Place: Persephone R, Yasmin N, Briyana M

6th grade Winners

  • 1st Place: Cecilia M, Samuel L, Lincoln B
  • 2nd Place: Sofia L, Mia M, Sean H
  • 3rd Place: Alexis M, Isabella A, Jahsim A
  • Honorable Mention: Joshua R, Ariel R