Students make hover crafts with wooden tops, tape, and plastic sheets on the bottom to make the craft move. They use an electric leaf blower to blow air into the hole in the top of the craft down into the plastic pocket they created. With strategic holes poked in the bottom, it creates enough air to stay inflated and also lightly push across the floor.
Students in the Bridge Engineering Weekend Workshop tour the Wheaton Campus bridges, taking notes on their structural components. Students then create small models out of spaghetti, Dots, toothpicks, and tape, using physics fundamentals and their imaginations. Once students complete their models, they test the structural integrity of their bridges, using small weights to see how much force their designs could withstand.
Students taking Model UN will learn about the functions and purposes of the United Nations as they represent countries in a class simulation of real world events and crises. In today's class, students learned about global power dynamics and the roles their respective countries play within the United Nations.
Students used microscopes in Chemistry and Biology to analyze the cells of an onion during their latest course meeting. Students identified their onion cell's nucleus, cell membrane, and cytoplasm as the class learns about the anatomy of a cell this week.
Students taking the Tiny Home Design Course have spent the week designing their dream homes, the only stipulation being that they must be under 400 square feet. In their latest meeting, students translated their blueprints into scale models using foam core.
Students taking the Chemistry and Biology Course this week will explore scientific investigation, proper lab technique, and a variety of scientific reactions. In today's meeting, students created their own crystals using chemical reactions before experimenting with poking a pencil through a plastic bag of water to learn about polymers.
Students taking the Hovercraft Physics Course will experiment with physics principles like pressure and lift, and the laws of motion as they create their very own rideable hovercrafts. In their latest meeting, students made paper airplanes and used CDs and balloons to simulate the science behind the hovercrafts they will be constructing.
Students taking the Model UN Course this week will learn about how international relations are integral to international crisis aversion and a harmonious effort to better society. In today's meeting, students learned what the United Nations is, and some of the history behind its formation.
Students in the Debate Course this week have practiced their public speaking skills and learned lessons about communication and arguments that can be taken well beyond EXPLO. In today's class, students in teams of two presented their assigned arguments on the state of taxation in regards to religious organizations.
Students taking the Murder Mystery Elective have spent the week as detectives, applying analytical thinking skills to unsolved murder case simulations. In their last meeting, the group solved their murder early, and spent their last moments together as a class creating chalkboard creatures and discussing their collective victories. Students in the Casino Math elective have spent the week designing their own games and learning about mathematical phenomenons present in a game of cards. Today, students wrote out the rules to their games on posters so they can teach their friends how to play in an upcoming activity group.