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Westport Academy Places Third at 2019 Maryland Science Olympiad Scrimmage

Posted by:Ellin Rittler

The Westport Academy Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) team showed off their knowledge and skills at the 2019 afterschool MSO Scrimmage hosted by Johns Hopkins University. After receiving a tour of the campus where they learned about all the different STEM opportunities and majors the college offers, eight teammates put their best efforts forward in four…

I’m an Engineer!

Posted by:Debbie

Young Engineers at the Lakeland STEAM center engage in STEM practices all the time. In the STEAM Explorers program 3rd and 4th graders planned and carried out investigations on how different materials react to the upward draft in their home-made wind-tunnel. They used different materials and speeds on the fan to test their wind-tunnel. Engineering…

LET’S GO FLL Teams Qualify for Maryland State Championships!

Posted by:Debbie

On January 29, our three FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams from Govans Elementary, Lakeland Elementary Middle and Westport Academy competed at the Baltimore City FLL Regional Qualifier. The three teams practiced weekly to prepare for this competition. These young engineers designed, built and programmed a robot. They identified a physical or social problem faced by…

Ecology Students Share Their Thoughts

Posted by:Jacqueline

Hearing what our students have to say about their experiences in a STEM activity is a great way to gauge their understanding as well as see what they really thought of the class. Watch the Eagle Academy Ecology Academy students’ interviews… Getting used to worms… Feeding and touching worms… Fun to observe science… Touching and…

Science Olympiad Team Visits John’s Hopkins University

Posted by:Jacqueline

On February 7, 2019, the Westport Academy’s Maryland Science Olympiad team was invited to a workshop where they tested their competing build designs with students at John’s Hopkins University. In preparation for the March 9, 2019 regional competition at Morgan State University, 11 students traveled with their projects for the build events they will compete in, including…

Ride the Waves

Posted by:Jacqueline

Can sound waves be used as a way to communicate? Imagine whispering a word as soft as you can to your friend sitting next to you. In a bustling coffee shop, s/he wouldn’t hear a thing, but in a quiet room, you might be able to decipher the word. This is not the case for…

How High Can It Bounce?

Posted by:Debbie

The young scientists of Govans Elementary in Baltimore City had a fun day exploring STEM topics with some local high school students. The Towson High School National Science Honors Society facilitated STEM stations with youth who participate in the LET’S GO after-school STEM program. At one station, students loved making ice cream and eating it….

Wanted – DC Interns

Posted by:Jacqueline

LET’S GO is currently identifying national level internships for our STEM Scholars Program! Dr. Sharolyn Kamawaki-Schulz worked with our STEM students at Paul PCS in Washington DC to introduce the NIH HiSTEP program. The NIH program gives students the opportunity to explore STEM careers that may be otherwise unfamiliar to them and connect with peers…

We all fall down!

Posted by:Jacqueline

What goes up must come down: paper airplanes, basketballs, parachutes, leaves falling from the trees, even you. Curious to see if this statement was true, students were given the opportunity to put this concept to the test. Given a multitude of items, students made a hypothesis about which objects would fall and which ones would…

Computational Thinking In Action

Posted by:Debbie

“Coding is part of what is called computational thinking, and computational thinking is a fundamental set of skills all students need to learn if they want to be prepared for the future real-world challenges they will encounter. This approach to problem solving can help students in all STEM subjects and beyond. Computational thinking involves: Decomposition, Generalization (Pattern…

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