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What’s a Rectangular Parallelepiped?

Grade 6 students found out about rectangular parallelepipeds as they constructed their own model of these 3D rectangular-sided prisms during French mathematics class. These labeled models will help them understand and refer to the faces, sides, and angles of these shapes in Geometry lessons! Hands-on building helps reinforce the concepts students are learning. 

Rallye Lecture: Grades 3 & 5

Students in Grades 3 and 5 have joined in on the reading fun with the Rallye Lecture, a reading competition in which students keep track of the French and English books they’ve read and answer questionnaires to check their comprehension. 

This is a proven effective tool designed to help students strengthen their reading comprehension, build their background knowledge and expand vocabulary in both English and French.

Math Rally: students put their heads together to solve problems

Students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 practiced their group work and problem-solving skills during the Math Rally. The math problems featured a variety of concepts that will be applicable to everyday life. Around 215 classes across the US participated during the specially designated Math Week!

Science Fair 2018: Grades 6-8

It was a show of creativity, innovative thinking, and scientific method at the Middle School Science Fair on Friday. With a focus on projects that will impact our future, Grade 6, 7, and 8 students presented their work to the rest of the school community. Take a look at their ingenuity!

Grey Water or Grow Water? Can grey water be used to successfully grow plants? 

Wireless Electricity: how the Tesla coil works

An experiment in food shelf-life. Do organic or non-organic lemons hold up longer?

Transportation of the future: a look at how Hyperloop-one works with electric propulsion.

Design for a greener school of the future:

Could the majority of the vitamins we need come from a pill?

Vertical Farms: a great way to save space and reduce the use of pesticides!

 

Design for a house of the future. What elements would you incorporate?

 

Water crisis! A cost-effective water filtration system

Does a green roof help lower building temperature?

Will we all be eating bug smoothies and bread in the future?

Find out what kind of building design stands up best in the wind!

Let’s see a demonstration of how a magnetic metro system works.

A creative design for a flying car, based on the principles of how airplanes fly.

A demonstration of how hydroelectric power works

Envisioning how cars of the future will be powered

What are some of the possible benefits of an insect-filled diet?

How can we design a watering system for vertical farming so that all plants get the water they need?

Thanks to all our Middle School participants for great work and fun, educational presentations during our 2018 Science Fair!

Engineering Workshops with Princeton University

Students learned a lot about engineering during a visit from graduate students in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department of Princeton University. https://mae.princeton.edu/

Engineers help design medical tools! Students learned how stethoscopes work by building one and listening to each other’s heartbeat. They found that the stethoscope works much better when you add rubber coverings over the ends. Why is that? 

Firefighters put out fires with the help of engineered equipment. Students brainstormed different ways to put out a fire and stay safe. What methods do you think they used? What’s going to work best, water or air? How can we accurately get it to the flame?

Students explored another way to put out fires using a large drum. Thanks to a fog machine, we could even see the puff of air putting out the flame!

Engineers design rockets! Students built a rocket with the help of some simple materials. 10 seconds to takeoff! The rockets launched across the strings as the balloon deflated! How would you redesign your rocket to go faster?

Engineers use their knowledge to design musical instruments! Students learned about sound waves and how sounds are created. Because of their different properties, the slinkies moved up and down at different rates, just like the guitar strings.

Students used two craft sticks, a rubber band, and two straw pieces to create a harmonikazoo! How do you think the sounds were created?

Students learned how a clarinet works. Is the sound lower when you press none or all of the keys? When the teacher removes the mouthpiece and blows into the clarinet, does it make a noise? These principles also work when your clarinet is made out of a turnip! Students found out what happens to the sound when you shorten the “clarinet” by taking a bite!


Thanks to the Princeton University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering graduates for a fun day!
https://mae.princeton.edu/

Crazy Hair Day

Color and creativity were everywhere during Crazy Hair Day! Bravo!

Maternelle Spring Celebration

Preschool, PreK, & Kindergarten students were excited to share with their parents the songs and dances they’ve learned and the goodies they baked!

Technology in the Classroom: new tools for learning

With guidance from a technology integration specialist, our students are discovering new technological tools that can help them learn. Here, students use some new apps to supplement what they’re doing in class.

Grade 1 students use Kodable to learn about programming loops and repetitions through a series of games, which promotes “critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration.” Students in Grade 3 use Book Creator to give their stories and drawings an interactive, digital aspect. There are so many possibilities with this creative platform!

 

It’s a Reading Rally!

FASP students learn to love reading through projects like the Rallye Lecture, a reading competition in which students keep track of the French and English books they’ve read and answer questionnaires to check their comprehension.

This is a proven effective tool designed to help students strengthen their reading comprehension, build their background knowledge and expand vocabulary in both English and French.

Our Grade 2 and 4 students show us how it’s done:

 

 

Air is all around us : Science experiments in Pre-K & Kindergarten

Being “scientific” involves being curious, observing, asking how things happen and learning how to find the answers. For the past few weeks, Pre-K and Kindergarten students have developing an understanding of the properties of air through several simple experiments.

By observing what is happening, using words to describe what they notice, and repeating the action to compare results, they learned that air can move things, takes up space and has mass!


Ice Skating Party

What great fun and exercise our students and parents had at the FASP Ice Skating Party at Mercer County Park in February!

Grade 5 Poconos Class Trip

Our Grade 5 students went to the Poconos for a three-day adventure at the Pocono Environmental Education Center in February!