"Every bridge begins in the mind of an engineer."
In Laura Flosi's math academy class at Inza Wood Middle School, students are learning how real engineers apply mathematical concepts when designing bridges. The students began by working in small groups and using their background knowledge to design and construct bridges using manila file folders. They tested the weight-bearing capacity of their bridges and reflected on what they observed. By the end of the course, students will learn and apply authentic engineering design processes to develop, build, and test a model of a truss bridge.
|Willow McCormick’s summer took an unexpected — and very
productive — turn when she learned in the spring that she had been selected to
attend a teacher institute at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.|
The annual institute’s focus this year on civil rights meant that the Willamette Primary teacher would have a chance to explore her passion for civil rights in the nation’s capital, the site of many important civil rights milestones and monuments.[FULL STORY]
Approximately 16,000 high school students were honored as National Merit semifinalists this month, including two seniors from Wilsonville High School. Eric Byun and Sam Laurin will continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit scholarships worth about $33 million. [FULL STORY]
Jr. Scoop began their first meeting of the new school year by sampling their latest creation, Triple Crown Blackberry Crisp ice cream. "The name comes from the type of blackberries we use in this flavor," explained Jordon Scoggins, Wellness teacher and Jr. Scoop advisor.
Jr. Scoop is an ice cream company run by 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students at Wood Middle School who learn the skills to be successful entrepreneurs and business people. Jr. Scoop produces high-quality, artisan ice cream while also providing opportunities for students to volunteer their time and build a culture and reputation for giving back to the community.
|Joe Ericksons public speaking skills were on display Sept. 10 as he tried to persuade students like Ben Carr, a freshman, to join the Speech and Debate Team.|