A night of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) took place at Haldane School May 29. Organized by Haldane physics teacher Bob Mack, students and teachers in grades kindergarten through 12 participated.
Julia Olsen described how you learn from online text or video, Wylie McDonald presented the effects of music listening habits on hearing acuity and Trevor Van Brunt showed the effect of reward levels on lying behavior in a card game. Jerome Famularo described electrophoresis which is measuring the mass of organic molecules, and the properties of Dr. Seuss’ “oobleck” were shown by Gerianne Martin. Henry Dul presented the crystalline structure of forged steel and Cameron Henderson gave a computer simulation of slime mold behavior.
Physics demos, including electricity, magnetism, the angular momentum of a wheel and momentum balls were described by Gianna Gallazo and Marcus Zimmerman. Nicole Pidala and Brigit O’Malley showed simple experiments to discover properties of a new planet and Veronica Scianna and Veronica Deandrano explored discovering extra-solar planets. Kyra Moscowitz, Amanda Ericson, Josie Altucher and Brigit O’Malley presented muscles and movement in dance, John Parr and Corbett Francis discussed invasive species, and Jessica Harrison, Fiona Mueller, John Schwartzwelder and Tanner Froats gave an audiovisual display with photos of the exhibits, live interviews and videos.
Brooke Vahos described fracking and Jason Zielinski, Dave DeCaro, Will Mrozik, Nolan Shea and Cooper Nugent presented the computer programming of computer games. Luke Cleary and Russell Cox shared information about rockets and Ethan Gunther’s project was about volcanoes and magma. Other displays included the chemistry of making ice cream, DNA jewelry, tessellations, composting and astronomy.
Elementary School presentations included biodiversity in Cold Spring by grade three, Do you know your skeleton? by grade five, the science of musical instruments and the life cycle of a sunflower by grade two, and energy and mass by grade four. Information was also provided by the Manitoga/Russell Wright Design Center.
Photo courtesy Haldane