Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy Summer!

Our iChallenge Summer Academy was a blast! We want to thank the faculty and leadership for this program, students and their parents for their participation and support. We wish everyone a safe and restful summer!

Science Meets Podcasts!

In our iChallenge Technology class, students were introduced to podcasts. After a hands-on tutorial of the iMac and Garageband, students jumped right into researching several careers in Science. Next, students had to create their own talk show as well as write their own scripts on a storyboard in order to demonstrate what they learned about those careers. Have a look at some of their final products below.

Project What?

This year's iChallenge theme was Project What? and students explored a variety of science themes ranging from Environmental Science to Space. Have a look at some of our budding scientists in action.

3rd Grade: It's All About Recycling 
Third graders explored recycling, its benefits, and even got creative with some recycling art! As a culminating activity, students took a trip to Sumrall Recycling Center to see how recycling actually works and the importance of it.

4th Grade: The World Around Us 

In exploring the world around them, fourth graders studied different habitats, grew their own plant, and got creative with some similes about nature and different animals.

5th Grade: Reporting Extreme Weather 

Our 5th graders studied different weather patterns, graphs to document weather patterns, and even created their own volcanoes! In preparation for their news weather broadcast project, this group visited the WHLT studio to meet reporters and get tips for their own project.

6th Grade: Experiments and more! 
Experiments are at the core of all scientific exploration and our 6th graders took part in several engaging ones throughout the program. One popular one was the "Mentos Experiment," which involved some gushing soda bottles! Who knew that science could be this much fun?

7th: Blast Off! 
Our 7th graders took a tour of space and created what life would be on these planets. Their objective was to convince others to visit their planets through their persuasive writing and speaking skills. The final products involved a model and infomercials for their planet.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Calling all Scientists!

Our iChallenge Program will be starting soon and we are in search of scientists who can talk to our students about their careers in Science via Skype. If you are or know of any professionals in the following fields, please leave a comment below. You can also visit our Skype Project page by clicking here. 

Here are this year's themes we are focusing on by grade level. Ideally, we would love to schedule about  2-3 speakers for each grade. We look forward to it!

Themes by Grade
3rd: Environmental Science
4th: Life 
5th: Earth Science
6th: Physical Science
7th: Space