October Newsletter - Grades 3-8
3rd Annual Hi-Cap STEM Symposium
Thursday, Oct. 20th, 5:30-8:30pm
1600 Maple Street
Location: LCC Student Center, Longview
Date: Thursday, October 20th
Time: 5:30 - 8:30
What: STEM workshops in a non-stop fun format... and FREE PIZZA for dinner!!
Registration CLOSES at MIDNIGHT MONDAY, OCTOBER 17TH.
Here's what is offered this year!! (Grades 3-5)
Bikes, Gears and Long Distance Trekking… Just about everyone owns a bike but do you know how to fix one or how bikes originated or how to plan a long distance ride? In this workshop, students will have opportunities for hands-on experience with bike repair and time spent learning the inner workings of the bike itself. Each student will also receive a FREE custom-fit bike helmet to take home.
Computers, Programming & Coding! Oh My!! In this hands-on workshop, each student will work on a computer to explore and develop computer programming skills. Students will leave this session with login access for ongoing practice at home for as long as they like.
It's an Upstream Battle on the Columbia River!! Do you love the outdoors? In this workshop students will learn from a fisherman's perspective about the effects that dams, wildlife, and hatcheries have on the Columbia River salmon population.
Volcanoes are landscapes of change. Is Mt. St. Helens ready to erupt? Learn how geologist examine rocks and monitoring equipment to understand how our volcano erupted in the past and how it might erupt in the future. Become a scientist and use the clues in the landscape to predict what happens next.
Are you ready to soar? Learn about aerodynamics and science behind flight. In this workshop students will delve into the physics behind flight while creating the ultimate foam glider.
Did you know you need math to quilt?! No kidding! You'll need geometry, rations AND proportions just to get started!! Sign up for this workshop to challenge your calculation and perspective skills in a fun and creative environment. Each student will leave with their own quilt block and directions to make more.
Use this link to register for grades 3-5:
Here's what is offered this year!! (Grades 6-8)
What makes you sweat: The science of STRESS. Are you stressed-out? Come learn from high school Hi-Cap students why and how you need to de-stress.
Computers, Programming and Coding… Oh My!! In this hands-on workshop, each student will work on a computer to explore and develop computer programming skills. Students will leave with login access for ongoing practice at home for as long as they like.
A Titanic Problem: Do you have enough money? When it comes to understanding the world of finance will you sink or swim? It may seem easy to say, "Just charge it!" Don't drown in debt- come to this class!
What drives you? Scooters, model airplanes, lawn mowers, and cars: get ready to get your hands dirty as you experiment with engines of all sizes.
Are you ready to soar? Learn about aerodynamics and science behind flight while creating the ultimate glider.
Go Green! Search for clues in this biology scavenger hunt. Discover the diversity of plant life while using plant taxonomy and a dichotomous key to understand our green world and complete a fun scavenger hunt.
Use this link to register for grades 6-8:
Video Worth Watching!
ASAP Science uses stop motion video to share 9 of the best scientifically proven study habits in a fun upbeat and entertaining video. Be sure to have your kids watch too!
Article Worth Reading!
5 Topics to Go Over With Teachers Early in the School Year
Parents often don’t want to bother teachers in September and October. But talking early in the school year can set the stage for strong communication throughout the year. Here are topics that can get the dialogue going.
1. Ask about priorities.
Teachers all have different priorities for their students. For some, it’s participating in class. For others, it’s getting work done. Some emphasize performance in a particular subject like reading. It’s important to get a sense of the teacher’s priorities early on. Consider asking the teacher, “What are your top three priorities for my child this year?”
2. Talk about academic expectations.
You may not have specific concerns the first few weeks of school. But it’s still a good time to talk to the teacher about academic expectations. Does the teacher think your child will be able to handle the work? The answer may give you an idea of what you can work on at home with your child. It’s also important to give your input about your child’s strengths and challenges. That information can help the teacher set priorities. Shared expectations help ensure that your child doesn’t get mixed messages.
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