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IMSA Field Trip

April 26, 2018   12 photos
IMSA Fusion went on a field trip to Peoria Riverfront Museum.  In addition to visiting the galleries such as IHSA playroom, The River, and Famous Illinois Cititzens, we also participated in a workshop called Extreme Worlds where we learned about what life would be like on other planets in our...
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Database Modeling

Students created databases of 100 pieces of data and labeled the contents.  Next week we will test to see if we can retrieve data efficiently from our models.

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Students used the program created by MIT to make scratch do all kinds of crazy things.
Scratch

Students used the MIT created site "Scratch" to learn about programming.

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Waldorithms

Students learned how algorithms can  solve puzzles.  By recording where most "Waldos" are found, students created an alogrithm to find Waldo more efficiently.

Number Sliding Puzzle

Students  test their skills at completing a number sliding puzzle and then apply an algorithm to see if that improves their time.

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Sensing Data

Students built circuits to collect sensor data using littleBIts modules.

No IMSA

Intermediate IMSA Fusion will NOT be meeting on Thursday, November 30th.

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Representing Data

Students matched up data to the correct graph.  We investigated the pros and cons of bar graphs, scatter plots, line graphs, and pie charts.

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A Picture Tells a Story

Students created a survey with a parnter, collected data, arranged findings into a chart, and analyzed information.

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The Shell Game

Students use data Attribute - Value pairs to describe a set of sea shells.  Groups tried to figure out which shells were the mystery set based on given data.

Intermediate IMSA Fusion is cancelled for Thursday, October 26th.

IMSA Fusion 4 - 5 Starts October 12th

The Intermediate IMSA Fusion group will begin meeting Thursday, October 12th from 3:30 - 5:00 in Mrs. Cluck's room 121.  Acceptance letters were sent home last week.  Parents please be outside the greenhouse to pick up your students no later than 5:15.

Applications 2017 - 2018

IMSA Fusion student applications are due by Friday, September 22nd.  All students interested in participating in the after school math & science program need to complete an application to be accepted.  Students new to IMSA Fusion will need to also complete an essay.   There are openings for 20 Intermediate students.  New students will be determined based on teacher recommendations, PARCC scores, academic performance, and essay.  Acceptance letters will go home Wednesday, October 4th.

IMSA Fusion Informational Meeting

There will be an informational meeting for all parents of interested IMSA Fusion students.  The meeting will explain about the requirements of the program, some background information about the Math and Science Academy, and we will do a group activity.  Attendance at the meeting is not a requirement for IMSA Fusion acceptance.  The meeting will be Thursday, September 14th from 5:00 - 6:00 in room 121.

download End of the Year Presentation

Each year IMSA teachers have to present a PowerPoint of highlights from the lessons.  This presentation is shared at the Summer Professional Development throughout the state.

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Mega Machines

Students used a series of closed systems to create a mega machine that used air pressure to move the parts and do a job.

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Field Trip

Intermediate IMSA Fusion students will attend an all day field trip on Friday, March 10th.  We will be attending The Unversity of Illinois' Engineering Open House.  We will leave after the morning announcements and return around 2:30 .  Students will need to bring a sack lunch and a backpack.  Click on the link to view the many informational booths that are provided by the different colleges of engineering that represent the university.

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Under Pressure

Students investigate air pressure, by designing and assembling a hydraulic lift.

NO IMSA - Tuesday December 20th

There will not be IMSA the Tuesday before Winter Break. See you again in 2017!


Screening

After using latitude and longitude to calculate nautical miles from coral reefs to the nearest country, students tested some "aquatic animal proteins". The goal was to find out if the proteins would be safe for use in a human pain reliever.

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By combining data we were able to get a better sample.
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We used a grid to locate a sample of ocean creatures.

We used sampling as a method for collecting data about ocean life.
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Marine debris such as Nike shoes, rubber ducks, and Legos have been found washed ashore from cargo ship spills.

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Students track flotsam and jetsam in ocean currents.

Sink or Swim

Students studied how water temperature and ocean currents effects how flotsam and jetsam travel.

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You've Got to Move It

Students logged onto two websites to view shipping routes and vessels globally. http://www.myshiptracking.com/ & http://www.marinetraffic.com/

Then they began constructing 8 shipping containers that they will use to try and transport cargo through rough seas.

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After agreeing on the size, shape, luster, and color of harvested pearls students assigned a value to their crop.


Harvest Time

Students assigned values to a set of harvested pearls based on color, size, luster, and shape. Then they assessed the value of their pearl harvest.

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Nothing but Net

Students created a prototype of a net to keep the cultivated oysters safe for a year until harvesting

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Students tried to strain water to make it drinkable.
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Students modeled reverse osmosis.
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Students modeled desalinization.
A-Salt on Water

Students realized how little of our Earth's water is potable and investigated how difficult it is to turn salt water into fresh water.

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It's Trivia

Our first night of IMSA found students working in pairs to find the answers to trivia questions about the ocean.

IMSA begins

Our first IMSA meeting will begin Tuesday, October 4th after school until 5:00. We welcome our new and returning Fusion students to the program. Our first semester topic will be Oceanographic Engineering: Dive In! Watch the bulletin board in the hallway and this website for pictures of our students learning.

IMSA Informational Night

There will be an informational meeting for those interested in having their child join the IMSA Fusion after school program. The meeting will be Tuesday, September 20th at 5:30 in the cafeteria. Applications were sent home in last week's Wednesday folders and can be turned into Miss Davis or Mrs. Cluck regardless of informational night attendance.

IMSA Summer Camp

Lincoln Land Community College will be the site of Summer @ IMSA. Programs are available for students going into 3rd - 8th grade next year. Check out the link for class choices, registration, and scholarship information. Miss Davis & Mrs Cluck will be teaching there!

SURVEYS

Use the link in the title to take the student and parent survey for IMSA Fusion.

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Rocket Launch

We took a seat to watch a rocket launch by the engineering school's rocketry club.


Sand Casting

Students were able to create a cast mold out of sand which would be used to shape molten metal into a decoration.


Engineering Open House

Students were able to experience virtual reality.

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Ooblek

Students (and Mr. Lynn) experimented with the non-Newtonian substance Ooblek


Engineering Open House

We attended the University of Illinois Engineering Open House and learned about many different topics that the study covers.


Summer @ IMSA

IMSA will be offering a Summer Camp option this year from August 1st - 5th. Scholarships are available. Register by clicking on the blue link in the title above.


Field Trip - March 11th

IMSA Fusion students will spend the day, Friday March 11th, at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. We will be attending the University's Engineering Open House. Students will leave school after announcements and will return before regular school dismissal. We will be having a picnic lunch on campus so a sack lunch will be required.

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The colors we dispensed into the grid made a picture.

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We used coordinate pairs on a grid.

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Each pipette dispensed 10 micro-liters.


Get Set

Students learned how to use pipettes.

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Chromatography

Students study chromatography by separating out the colors in markers.


How are Hue?
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Some tools worked better at separating out large proteins but not smaller ones.

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Different size and shaped proteins required different extraction tools.

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Students investigated tools for separating proteins.


Separation Anxiety

Students designed, tested, and refined a plan for separating proteins.


New Lab Coats!

We are grateful for the HSHS St. John’s Hospital Group and Mary Rogers, their Community Outreach Representative, for their generous donation. The lab coats will be a great addition to the IMSA Fusion program. This will not only enable us to protect our clothing during our experiments, but it also will be a visual reminder that we are scientists. The IMSA Fusion program is composed of 20 Intermediate students who excel and have a special interest in the study of math and science. We use STEM learning with curriculum, professional development, and materials provided by the Illinois Math and Science Academy.

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Ideas were defended with evidence.
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Stages of cell growth were identified.
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Yeast samples were analyzed in cuvettes.
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Students measured and collected data.


It's Logical

Students analyzed data on the growth of yeast cultures to recognize the three phases: log, lag, and stationary.

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At a certain point, the popcorn kernels started to "die."
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We noticed there were three stages to the growth.

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we graphed the rate of popcorn "growth" according to popping times.


Pop Culture

Students investigate the growth curve using microwave popcorn as an experiment.

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Steaking

Students learned to prepare petri dishes of agar by streaking them with yeast. We also added a treatment (either sugar or salt) to investigate if that has any effect of the rate of growth.


Standardized Parts

Students used a database to collect information and standardized parts in order to develop synthetic biological units.

IMSA Dues

If you haven't paid your $50 dues for first semester IMSA, please contact our school business manager, Mr. Brower, to arrange for payment or to see if you meet scholarship qualifications.

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Scratch Cat Fever

Students began the basic understanding of coding using the MIT program created for IMSA Fusion called "Scratch."

How Big is It?

This link takes you to a website that compares the size of entities to the head of a pin.

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Come Scale Away

Students investigated the parts of an E. coli cell then made a model to show how much DNA is present in the plasma membrane.

IMSA Fusion

This link will take you to the fusion webpage created by the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. It will explain the purpose of IMSA fusion, how it has evolved, and the activities we perform.