Spaceship Designs Blast Off in Eighth Grade Science
Observation. Analysis. Prediction. Control. Spaceships?
These words might not seem to be related, but Mr. Vedder's eighth grade science class knows better. Recently they boldly went where no young scientists have gone before and used the principles of biomimicry to design spacecrafts.
Biomimicry is the imitation of the models, systems, and elements of nature in order to tackle complex human problems. In order to develop a basic understanding of this scientific approach, students began by examining some simple items from the natural world: seed pods, maple leaves, pine needles, and even a couple of pears shed by a tree on campus!
Working in groups the eighth graders went through a four-step process: they observed each item, analyzed the different features present (using questions like "Why are the seed pods the way they are?"), crafted predictions about how these pieces of nature might behave or affect situations, and ultimately what forces said pieces might control.
This series of activities shaped the students' final task of the lesson: designing a spaceship based off of the information they'd collected. Check out some of their out-of-this-world designs in the slideshow above!
Last Friday and Saturday, the OES Middle School hosted the annual Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat.
This week at OES we paid homage to two very different yet linked holidays: Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday.
OES continues to celebrate Black History Month. In a seventh grade English class, students are currently reading and discussing Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist's memoir.
On Wednesday night, people from many different parts of the OES community joined our Boarding families for a dual celebration: honoring both the Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day.