Summer Institute for the Gifted at Boston University Academy
Online Design: Untangling the Web
Online Design: Code of Conduct
- Do not cyber-bully (e.g. Say mean or untrue things about others)
- Do not give out your own or anyone else's personal information.
- Don't trust or meet with anyone you meet online.
- Don't plagiarize or pirate online content.
- Don't post anything inappropriate.
- Never go to new websites or create profiles without adult permission.
Remember using the internet is a privilege not a right!
AI: Animal Intelligence at Your Service
Speaking, Writing, Empowering!
The Boring Speech by Abigail Bundy
I wasn't listening?
What do you mean?
OK, I was chewing
On a bean
But who would've
Listened to every word?
It's quite absurd
To think I would've
To every phrase
Get out of your
Simple Machines: Complex Designs
What's The Point
In What's the Point? the students have begun to explore verbal and nonverbal skills used in debates. They've practiced several "on-the-spot" debates, and have researched and prepared with teams for one debate as well.
The Curious Chemist: Chemistry in our Daily Lives
In Curious Chemist, students explore the principles of chemistry using the tools and methods of science. Each day involves a new experiment, vocabulary, the scientific method and "What happens when..." questions. Students are learning the importance of lab safety, making observations, following a procedure and making conclusions about chemical reactions and physical changes that occur in their every day lives.
Our experiments have included: paper towel bridges, sorting & classifying M&Ms; watching diet coke fountains; making slime; growing crystals; exploring polymers; making the perfect bubble; creating chromatography butterflies; identifying physical and chemical changes in matter and building density columns. In our first week, we interviewed a scientist in real-time over the internet to answer the question “What is a Scientist?” On Monday, we will be going on a field trip to an organic chemistry lab to learn more about chromatography. Next week, we will explore physical changes in more detail when we make ice cream.
Dinosaurs: Fact, Fiction and Fossils
Fun with Newtonian Physics
In Physics, students design, build and test models to learn about Newton's Laws of Motion and the features and properties of objects in motion. Students explored experimental design by building paper helicopters. They discovered conservation of energy including potential, kinetic and frictional energies by building a model roller coaster in class. The challenge was to build a coaster with obstacles that would conserve energy so that the marble coaster moved smoothly without stopping to the end. Students are building air pressure “stomp” rockets to learn about the forces on a rocket . The challenge is to utilize Newton's Second Law of Motion to make the rocket go farthest and highest. Next week, students will explore Newton's third law by building cars utilizing a variety of propulsion systems.