East Coweta HS: SPEARing STEM
Delivering the Future to Our Community & Our Students
SPEAR: Social Studies, Performance, English-Language, Arts, & Readiness
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Volume 2, Issue 1
ECHS Technology Professional Learning - Check Out All Our TECHNOLOGY/STEM Lessons for Teachers!
Use Group Code "igut2g" OR the URL (which never expires like group codes do)
September: Google Apps https://coweta.edmodo.com/file?id=50bfae546afed8d2281588782b9a7fad
October: Content Curation https://coweta.edmodo.com/file?id=4216742ba21bbd24ddf3ca45ef9cc2f8
November: EduCanon https://coweta.edmodo.com/file?id=9f508a8c35200c7b0b6256335f64be8e
December: LiveBinders https://coweta.edmodo.com/file?id=185cd988704de47106f9fe9f68157c66
January: BYOT NOW: Apps in Your Hand https://coweta.edmodo.com/file?id=ebaa0f1bd452532410423903191eacaf
The Coweta STEM School Recognition Program for Teachers
The Coweta STEM School Recognition Program is open to teachers in ALL departments. To qualify as a Coweta STEM Classroom, you must complete FIVE STEM-based lesson plans per school year. Focus on two main components of your STEM lesson: one component being that there is a "DESIGN" element, in which students create a part of the activity in order to address a real-world situation. The other necessary component for non-math/science/tech teachers includes a "STEM" element. For math, science, technology teachers, there needs to be a "CROSS-CURRICULAR" activity involved. Once the five lessons, labs, or projects are completed, the teacher will submit an activity log and then submit documentation of ONE lesson on the High School STEM Edmodo Page. Once you qualify as a STEM teacher, you earn the badge below to add to your email signature!
Teachers on a horizontal team often use many of the same lessons, and each teacher who implements the lesson can include it as one of the five lessons. Collaboration simplifies the path to obtaining STEM certification for many teachers.
The NEW Georgia STEM Laureate Program
Committee for the Georgia STEM Program Certification & the Tri-State Water Wars Project
Candice Mohabir is now leading the STEM Committee, whose goal is to earn STEM Program Certification through the Georgia Department of Education. Having classes designated with the "STEM" label allows us to track the STEM Academy students who are participating in ongoing projects. The committee is working on ways to streamline the STEM courses in order to best address the certification process.
Students in Advanced Chemistry (a STEM class) researched the Tri-State Water Wars. "Chemists" designed water filters, "Engineers" designed dams, "Ecologists" and "Lawyers" conducted research on various components of the issue. Below is a presentation by "lawyers" Sam Fulton and Allison Stevens on the Tri-State Water Wars.
Must-See You Tube Video by Sophomores Sam Fulton & Allison Stevens: Tri-State Water Wars
Nadine Green sampling biological specimens at the Food Processing Laboratory at Georgia Tech
- Nadine Green, Candice Mohabir, and Martha Milam had a great experience in June 2014 with teachers from the state of Georgia touring business that employ a wide variety of people in STEM careers. The teachers visited Cisco Technologies, Google, CryoLife (Heart Transplant Technology), Hartsfield Jackson Airport, Georgia State BioBus, and the Georgia Tech Invention Studio. The BioBus is a traveling team of students with hands-on crime investigation lessons. They visited Forensics and Chemistry classes here at ECHS recently as a result of learning about it at the STEM Institute.
Matt East's Paper Airplane STEM Lesson in ECONOMICS
Matt East reports on one of the students' favorite Economics projects: "In this activity students try to fly as many airplanes as possible through the gold hoops that you see me holding up on Brantley Hall."
The objective of the lesson is for students to have a scarce amount of a resource, which is the paper. Then, with that scarce resource they have a research and development period to see which group can have the most successful airplanes fly through the hoop.
Some student groups had more paper than others Some groups had longer time to fly than others. The winning group made paperball airplanes and "flew" them through the hoop.
NEW AP Science Courses for 2014-15
AP Physics was redesigned and turned into two one-semester courses: AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2. The changes have allowed for a more thorough study of motion and forces to establish a great physics foundation in AP 1. Students spend 25% of class time in the lab setting with the availability to use multiple sources of technology including slow motion videography to collect data and interpret results. Students worked with greater levels of autonomy and developed laboratory experiments to replicate standard physics concepts. In AP 1 (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015) participated in a real world extension project to develop and test the validity of the texting and driving controversy. In AP 2 (Spring 2015) will participate in the Tri-State Water Wars school wide STEM project as well as a second real world extension project on designing a boat. Kristi Lanave and Karen Pompeo teach AP Physics.
Field Trip for AP Environmental Science and Zoology Class
Students in the Workforce in Our Community: The STEM Internships
Talk to these students about their STEM work experiences. Many of them are choosing college and career paths because of this great exposure to the working world. They would love to share their stories and experiences with you.
National Weather Service in Peachtree City
Piedmont Newnan Hospital – Operating Room/Surgery
Yamaha Environmental Department
Yamaha Process Engineering Department
Fall Semester: GA Bone & Joint - Casting Department
Spring Semester: Pidemont Newnan Hospital-Progressive Care Unit
Yamaha Product Finishing Department
Pidemont Newnan Hospital-Medical Technology/Laboratory
Pidemont Newnan Hospital-Neonatal Unit
Pidemont Newnan Hospital
Pidemont Newnan Hospital
The Summit –Georgia Rehab Warm Springs
Pidemont Newnan Hospital – In-Patient Physical Therapy
STEM Intern Spotlight: Misselly Florian
Since her internship, she now volunteers at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic taking vital signs and working closely with patients. She plans to study neonatal nursing at the University of West Georgia next year.
Misselly is pictured below with nurses and a doctor from the neonatal unit. Misselly is pictured on the far right.
STEM Extracurricular Activities for ECHS Indians - Highlights for the Year
Academic Bowl: Our Academic Bowl Team had a great year so far! JV finished 2nd in our RESA and qualified for another trip to the National Academic Championships in Washington, D.C. this May! Our JV team includes Paul Anderson, Sarah Akbar, Kate Lee, Emma Helfers, Nicole Tansey, Will Jerrell, Cameron Davis, and Sam Belisle. Our Varsity team finish 4th in the RESA. Both teams qualified for the State championships! Our Varsity team includes Sonny Kim, Kyle Kenobbie, Andy and Oliver Truong, Ben Belisle, Chae Bin and Chae Eun Park, Cassandra Bure, Hasam Anwar, Jesus Mireles, and Devon Childers. COACH: Todd Crafton
Environmental Club: Students help with the school wide recycling effort Thursdays after school. They also participate in environmental volunteering opportunities outside of school. SPONSOR: Regina Ahmann
Mu Alpha Theta:The East Coweta High School chapter of Mu Alpha Theta operates under the umbrella of the national Mu Alpha Theta organization. Each year ECHS issues invitations to students that meet the requirements for membership. These requirements include, but are not limited to, grade average minimums for math courses, core minimum grade average, and recommendations from ECHS Mathematics Faculty. The primary activity of the Mu Alpha Theta chapter at ECHS is the offering of after-school help sessions. This peer tutoring opportunity is offered to any student at ECHS on a voluntary basis and without any monetary cost to the student seeking assistance. Through this activity Mu Alpha Theta members support the entire mathematical community at ECHS. SPONSOR: Gene Robinson
Science Olympiad: Our team won medals at our recent tournament at Brookwood High School: Protein Modeling (Cassie Bure, Minju Kwon, Sarah Akbar), Entomology (Devon Childers, Victor Nguyen). Our building team is building a Bridge, a Rube Goldberg device, a launched Glider, a Scrambler vehicle, and a Compound Machine. COACH: Martha Milam
STEM Academy: In December, the STEM Academy held its Grand Induction Ceremony to welcome a new group of students. STEM Academy students pursue schedules that are rigorous in science and math courses, complete volunteer hours, and participate in math & science competition. They took a trip to UGA Griffin in the fall to explore the Young Scholars Program. SPONSORS: Melanie Tomlinson, Rose Wallace, and Candice Mohabir
Math Team: Students will build a mousetrap and test speed and distance in preparation for a competition this spring. In November, the math team competed at Kennesaw State; the majority of our team ranked in the upper 50th percentile of the nation's brightest mathematics students! COACH: Nadine Green.
ECHS MATH TEAM Students Serving as Peer Tutors
A Visit from the UGA Bug Zoo
Mr. Sullivan Meets Rosie the Tarantula
Rosie has met many people, but this is her first time visiting our own Mr. Patrick Sullivan. As expected, Mr. Sullivan was brave and bold and handled Rosie with ease.
Karla Solis Loves this Walking Stick!
Several students are on our Entomology Team for Science Olympiad and are eager to learn about insects and spiders. Karla is holding a Walking Stick bug.
Mrs. Ahmann Cozying up to Rosie
UGA Senior Rhys Brennan travels from Athens to show Science Olympiad kids a wide variety of bugs. Never afraid of bugs, Mrs. Ahmann was in hog heaven with these creepy crawlers.