FC Jr./Sr. High STRIVE News

Spring 2013 from Mrs. Newman

Spring......finally here!

March and April have flown by as the STRIVErs have kept busy with projects including Sr. High Science Olympiad and Jr. High Humming bird robot projects and LitFest. Thanks to Mrs. Welsh I also had the opportunity to meet up with her current 6th grade students for an introduction to the Jr. High STRIVE program. They are a terrific group that I am looking forward to working with next school year!

LitFest Awards!

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized at LitFest for their submissions in the art contest:
  • 1st Place - Jacob Weiler & Emily Richard
  • 2nd Place - William Cowden
  • 3rd Place - Jimmy Gilbert

Word Ladders

Many STRIVErs have enjoyed working on Word Ladder puzzles as an activity to exercise their brains over the last two weeks.
The the Word Ladder or Doublet was invented by Lewis Carroll in 1877 (allegedly on Christmas Day!).

The Rules

In a Word Ladder:

  • Players get a starting word and an ending word
  • Starting and ending words must be the same length (PIG and HOG, or CAT and DOG)
  • Players change one letter at a time, attempting to move from the starting word to the ending word
  • Each intermediate step must be a valid word, and no proper nouns allowed!

Example:

Note that each step is a word and changes only one letter from the previous word.


FLY to CRY

Get from FLY to CRY in one step.

  1. FLY
  2. FRY (l → r)
  3. CRY (f → c)


Try these:

BOW to TIE

EYE to LID

DOG to CAT

TEN to TWO

CAR to RUN

EAST to WEST

FAST to RACE




Informational Links

What is a Boomilever?
http://scioly.org/wiki/index.php/Boomilever

Science Olympiad national competition information and event table - http://www.soinc.org/2013_event_table

Arts and Bots, Carnegie Mellon University Create Lab - http://www.artsandbots.com/

SEEK - Summer Educational Enrichment for Kids - camps offered at California University of PA
http://www.calu.edu/academics/kids-programs/seek/index.htm

Camp Tech - summer technology camp for grades 3 - 8 at W&J College July 29 - August 2 - http://www.iu1stemcenter.org

Summer High School Internship Opportunity at Magee Women's Hospital - http://www.mwrif.org/29/high-school-interns

Summer opportunities for gifted students - http://pittsburgh.about.com/od/academic_camps/Educational_Summer_Camps_in_Pittsburgh.htm

Sites for FREE Classics - http://www.byrdseed.com/3-sites-for-free-classics/