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It has never been more important than for students' to succeed in school in general and Science in particular. Our goal in 8th grade science is to encourage as many students to be interested, motivated and successful.

I believe that academic learning should be blended with project-based success and that fostering cooperation and critical thinking helps students to be their best.

For this semester we start with the Science Fair project where students 'plan and conduct a scientific investigation' {standard 9a} that involves them posing a question, making a hypothesis. conducting a test, recording their results and drawing a conclusion based on their evidence. Students present their Science Fair project to the class; students are encouraged to ask questions about the test.

Next we have the spaghetti bridge project due the class day before Spring Break. Students use engineering principals that turn a vertical load into a horizontal load through triangular support structures. The bridge consists of 2 pounds of regular spaghetti, white glue and should be any design but 17 inches in length.

Our Bottle Rocket project happens May 22 and May 23

Let's work together to ensure student success this year! DG