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Atom Particle Lab

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Charged particles making the tinsel move!

In Intro to Chemistry freshmen students learned that they can strip the outermost particles of an atom (electrons) from one substance (hair and a piece of fake fur) simply by friction and observe the effect of those charged particles on other items. In the images below, you can see they made the tinsel move toward the acrylic rod.

They also made a soda can follow a balloon and bits of confetti jump onto a comb!

Jr. Scientists in action.

Welcome Janell Galloway

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Janell & Scott Galloway, in Paris!

Janell & Scott Galloway, in Paris!

Mrs. Galloway will be teaching Physical Science, Conceptual Physics, and Chemistry.

I’ve been married to Scott for 35 years. We have two sons, and our oldest son lives not too far away and is married with a three year-old and another on the way!  Our youngest son is in Washington and just got engaged!  Blessings poured out, pressed down and overflowing!

My husband enjoys fishing and hunting, I enjoy teaching 🙂 and we both enjoy traveling.  I have a few verses that I like to remember:

  • James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
  • Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in My name, there am I with them.”
  • 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
  • Ephesians 3:20 “All glory to God who is able to do far more than all we can ask or imagine, according to His power at work within us.”

WCHS in Belize!

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Kylee Wiseman, Mrs. Little, Hayley Sprague, Jack Stevens, Susannah Fischer, and Brittney Martin

Mrs. Little and five Westside students (Kylee Wiseman, Jack Stevens, Hayley Sprague, Susannah Fischer, and Brittney Martin) had the opportunity to join students from various states across the US on an 8 day nature field study trip in Belize with a program called “Save the Rainforest”.

Students went on several hikes through the rainforests (including a couple of night hikes) to learn about the diversity of the Belizean flora and fauna. They visited Mayan ruins, went tubing through mangroves, and discovered many bizarre and beautiful creatures. Students also learned about deforestation, habitat destruction, and displacement of animals in Belize. They learned about conservation efforts and sustainable logging practices that a few programs are trying to implement in Belize. Students had a first hand experience with what it means to be good stewards of nature and what results from unsustainable timber and animal trafficking activities.

New little green friends!

WCHS Temple Guards!

Physical Science Fair

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The Science Project is a year long project in Physical Science. It begins with a Background Paper, where the students research a topic of their own choice. Students then write an Investigation Plan. The Investigation Plan is based on an experiment the students design based on their Question (or Problem) and their Hypothesis. 

Following the actual experiment, with clearly defined variables and an experimental group, students complete an Investigation Follow-up Report. In this report, they analyze their data, document trends, discuss their hypothesis, and tie what they learned back to their Background Paper. The last piece is to create a display to show off their work. This year, the senior Bible class served as judges.

Physical Science Project Fair

 

Kyra Hartigan & Lydia Thompson

 

Grace Vermillion


Titration Lab

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In Mrs. Ivans’ chemistry class, students had some hands on experience with titration of acids and bases, take a look at some action shots below!

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Christopher Tento & Clara Adams ‘mixing it up’

 

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Rachel Kline with pink-tinted titration lab flask

 

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Measuring, precisely

AP Biology Bacteria Plates

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AP Biology students successfully inserted a jellyfish gene (green fluorescent protein) into E. coli bacteria, which caused the colonies to glow in the dark. Students below gather around the dark bacteria plates glowing in the dark!

 

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Green fluorescent protein injected into E. coli bacteria

 

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Glow in the dark; sweet!

Motion Labs

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This week freshmen Physical Science students measured static friction (the friction of the object resting on the surface) and the kinetic friction (when the object is moving over the surface) with different masses of objects over varying surface textures. Then students measured the force necessary to lift a block vertically and how that force is reduced when the object is lifted on an incline plane at three different angles. Before doing these activities, students learned all the various ways friction is part of our lives: gravel on icy roads, our fingerprints, the friction between our shoes and the ground…

Science in action!

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Jack Carr & Taylor Foglio

 

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Peter, Morris, and Madison motion testing.

 

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Four different friction sources for testing.

 

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Incline motion testing in process.

 

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Testing materials.

 

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Dee Anna Bricker & Rebecca Gurnee excited about their lab write-ups.

Primate Research Center

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AP Biology students had the opportunity to visit the Oregon National Primate Research Center recently.  Students toured the Rhesus macaque outdoor enclosures and heard from Dr. Larry Sherman about his current research on demyelinating diseases (ex. Multiple Sclerosis).  Dr. Sherman also joined students in the classroom to introduce a tissue staining project they will begin in class soon.  Students will be analyzing mouse brain tissue with the goal of seeing how chemotherapy affects the brain’s ability to learn and perform neurogenesis (create new neurons).

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The Primate Research Center

 

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Dr. Larry Sherman