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31 May 2018

Middle School Focus - Chemistry

Grade 6 students are learning about pH balances in water by testing red cabbage juice using various household items.

Red cabbage contains a chemical called anthocyanin, which changes color dependent upon the acidity of its environment.

In an acidic environment, the cabbage turns reddish-pink, in a neutral environment it is purple, and in a base or alkaline environment it turns bluish-green or yellow.

The tests are part of the Save Our Ocean project, as students learn how acidity affects our oceans.

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31 May 2018

Middle School Focus - Chemistry

Grade 6 students are learning about pH balances in water by testing red cabbage juice using various household items. Red cabbage contains a chemical called anthocyanin, which changes color dependent upon the acidity of...

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16 May 2018

First Aid Training for Middle School Students

Students in Terry Umphenour’s Grade 8 Science class learned first aid techniques as part of their unit on the human body.

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16 May 2018

First Aid Training for Middle School Students

Students in Terry Umphenour’s Grade 8 Science class learned first aid techniques as part of their unit on the human body....

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11 May 2018

AP Bio visits University of Science and Technology

Concordia AP Biology students visited the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Vietnam’s University of Science and Technology and received hands-on lab experience, preparing DCR samples of bacteria from oil pollutants found in water and preparing DCR samples to replicate DNA.

They placed the samples in 25 microliter micro test tubes, then placed the samples in a centrifuge and finally an electrophoresis machine to test the bacteria DNA.

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11 May 2018

AP Bio visits University of Science and Technology

Concordia AP Biology students visited the Department of Environmental Biotechnology at Vietnam’s University of Science and Technology and received hands-on lab experience, preparing DCR samples of bacteria from oil pollutants found in water...

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08 May 2018

Physics Focus

“I begin every new semester by telling my students that physics is math but with toys.  On average, 80% of our Physics class is hands-on,” shared HS Physics and Math teacher Mr. Whitehead.

True to this word, Concordia’s high school Astronomy and Physics classes put Einstein's representation of gravity to the test by recreating a real-life model that showed how matter bends space time.  This demonstrated how planets and their moons travel in a straight line but the space itself is actually curved, naturally leading to the formation of solar systems.

“Physics is often very theory heavy and so putting these theories in action makes it easier to understand and the science come alive,” said Thuan (Grade 11).

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08 May 2018

Physics Focus

“I begin every new semester by telling my students that physics is math but with toys.  On average, 80% of our Physics class is hands-on,” shared HS Physics and Math teacher Mr. Whitehead. True...

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09 March 2018

Rocket Science in Grade 8

Middle school students put Newton’s three laws of motion and gravity to the test by launching an egg 14 meters in the air via rocket and returning it safely to land. To safely launch their eggs, students must determine how much force the rocket engine is producing. The project is part of a unit on force, motion and energy and propulsion. Concordia’s middle school program works with students to move past concrete learning to be able to apply their skills in an intuitive environment.

“We learned a lot of practical things about theories of science, like how the size and material of the parachute and weight of the rocket affects how it flies, as well as how the wind and weather, which we can’t control, affect it.” - Hai Yen, Grade 8

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09 March 2018

Rocket Science in Grade 8

Middle school students put Newton’s three laws of motion and gravity to the test by launching an egg 14 meters in the air via rocket and returning it safely to land. To safely launch...

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28 December 2017

AP Biology Students Test Stoma Cells

AP Biology students are studying stoma cells, their role in photosynthesis, taking samples from leaves, putting these samples onto slides, observing under the microscope, as well as

conducting their own stoma cell experiments.  AP Biology is one of a range of Advanced Placement courses Concordia offers, and has proven immensely popular with students.

“We are doing testing to analyze how cells on the plant photosynthesize, and how light and other variables affect it,” said Anela (Grade 11). In my experiment I isolated light onto a certain plant and left it there for three days, then looked at the stoma cells - and found they were all open. I’ve learned light is a huge factor in determining how well plants can photosynthesize,” Anela added. “I’ve always been interested in biology, and I know Dr. Kilback is very good at explaining, so I really wanted to take this course. Dr. Kilback takes things slow and makes sure everyone understands it. He appreciates quality over quantity - I like that about his teaching style.” 

Posted in: High School, Science

Tagged: Advanced Placement, Biology, High School , science

28 December 2017

AP Biology Students Test Stoma Cells

AP Biology students are studying stoma cells, their role in photosynthesis, taking samples from leaves, putting these samples onto slides, observing under the microscope, as well as conducting their own stoma cell experiments.  AP Biology...

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07 December 2017

Grade 4 Energy Study

Grade 4 is studying energy, starting with electricity.  Students gathered different components and were tasked with combining them into circuits, starting with a simple circuit that powered a single light bulb.  This progressed to engineering a parallel circuit that ran two items - like a motor AND a light bulb where the power could be switched between the two.  

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07 December 2017

Grade 4 Energy Study

Grade 4 is studying energy, starting with electricity.  Students gathered different components and were tasked with combining them into circuits, starting with a simple circuit that powered a single light bulb.  This progressed...

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27 November 2017

Science Through Art

Elementary school art students glimpse their coming science lessons as new Art teacher Jill Allyn Carter introduces curriculum concepts through art.

In one project, Preschoolers are learning about trees by tracing leaves and using the cutouts to make butterflies.

“We made butterflies using leaves as the shape, it was fun,” said Suria, adding, “If you’re hot you can use them as a fan.”

“The butterflies are fun, I really like to catch real butterflies,” said Anna.

For Grade 2, Ms. Carter has introduced the human body, and the style of the artist Keith Haring, by tracing the body and painting Haring style paintings from this.  

“This is project based learning. It’s about the whole child and the whole curriculum, and their learning throughout,” explained Ms. Carter, “and the creative process in the art room.”

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27 November 2017

Science Through Art

Elementary school art students glimpse their coming science lessons as new Art teacher Jill Allyn Carter introduces curriculum concepts through art. In one project, Preschoolers are learning about trees by tracing leaves and using...

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