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[18 May 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,615 views]
Chemistry Students Tour Allergan, Inc. Corporate Headquarters

By Joe Ingalls, Upper School Physics, Chemistry and Engineering Teacher
Last month 36 chemistry honors students traveled to Irvine to visit the Allergan, Inc. corporate headquarters. The visit was made possible by sophomore Kelly Burk’s father Dr. Robert Burk, who is a senior researcher at Allergan. Dr. Burk arranged for the students to meet and speak to a patent attorney and the director of human resources to help the students see the broad educational needs for the people that work in the research and development science organization. The students were also …

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[10 May 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,014 views]
Two Middle School Students Recognized at 2012 California State Science Fair

Each year, St. Margaret’s grade 8 students are required to create a project and participate in St. Margaret’s Science Fair in early February. The students are guided by mentors who provide advice and expertise in the project’s area of focus. Some mentors are St. Margaret’s science teachers, as well as other faculty members across all divisions.
The top 25 students are selected and awarded through the judging and interview process. The top 25 awardees then qualify to enter the Orange County Science and Engineer Fair (OCSEF). Ten out of these 25 …

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[27 Apr 2012 | admin | 2 Comments | 2,070 views]
SMES JETS Team Takes First Place in Competition for Second Year in a Row

By Joe Ingalls, Upper School Chemistry and Physics Teacher and JETS Team Advisor
St. Margaret’s had a group of students rise early on the morning of Saturday, March 3 to travel to the University of Southern California. For the first time in seven years, 14 St. Margaret’s students attended the TEAMS Competition, formally known as JETS (Junior Engineering Technical Society). This allowed the school to have an A and B Team.
TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) is a nationwide annual high school competition that challenges students to work collaboratively as …

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[20 Apr 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,890 views]
Five SMES Students Win at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair

Five grade 8 students took home awards at this year’s Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. According to The Orange County Register, more than 450 students in grades 6 through 12 submitted projects for the fair, which held judging last week at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
Three St. Margaret’s students: Kevin Cox, Derek Lindquist and Jake McFarland, were named nominees in the Broadcom Masters division, meaning they are now eligible for the national contest, in which 300 semifinalists and, eventually, 30 finalists will be selected. Kevin and Jake …

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[30 Mar 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 2,420 views]
Two SMES Teams Selected in QuikSCience Challenge Top Five

Two St. Margaret’s Middle School teams presented to a panel of professors and environmentalists at University of Southern California’s campus last month for the QuikSCience Challenge. This year, USC selected five teams out of 78 to present; both of St. Margaret’s teams were selected. Each team will learn the results of the competition at the QuikSCience Challenge Award Ceremony on April 5 at the Quiksilver, Inc. headquarters in Huntington Beach.
Sponsored by the USC College Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies in partnership with Quiksilver Inc., the QuikSCience Challenge is a competition …

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[2 Mar 2012 | admin | One Comment | 2,726 views]
SJC Mayor Presents Certificate of Recognition to Lower School for Composting Efforts

At Lower School Chapel this week, San Juan Capistrano Mayor Larry Kramer presented St. Margaret’s Lower School Green Team with a Certificate of Recognition from the City of San Juan Capistrano commending St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for composting food waste. In addition to Mayor Kramer, Ziad Mazboudi, senior civil engineer for the City of San Juan Capistrano and Craig Dibley from CR&R Waste and Recycling Services were in attendance to present the certificate.
According to the certificate, “Californians overall throw away more than five million tons of food scraps each year. …

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[17 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 4,835 views]
From Styrofoam to Surfboards – Students Make a Difference One Board at a Time

In Mr. [Eric] Harrington’s science class students are given the opportunity to create and present an ocean science project. Two particular teams decided to do their projects on creating an environmentally-friendly surfboard.

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[10 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 3,145 views]
MIT Women’s Initiative Program Gets Students Excited About Engineering

According to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Women’s Initiative Program, a gap between the percentage of men and women in non-technical fields in both education and industry is potentially traced back to the high school level. Although male and female high school students do not differ significantly in the science courses they take, many woman choose not to study math and science fields in college. Instead, they pursue courses of study in liberal arts, medicine and law.
The MIT Women’s Initiative Program seeks to increase the number of women enrolled in …

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[9 Feb 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,335 views]
An Evening of Hands on Science and Family Fun

St. Margaret’s first Family Science Night took place last Friday, February 3 in a bustling Sillers Hall. Lower School students came together with parents and siblings to participate in simple, hands-on science experiments. The Ocean Institute, The Ecology Center and the Surfrider Foundation also participated in the event.

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[27 Jan 2012 | admin | Comments Off | 1,673 views]

Dear St. Margaret’s Parents,
I am writing to share with you exciting St. Margaret’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) news. The concept of STEM was created by educators, political leaders and businesses to raise awareness about the importance that science, technology, engineering and math education plays in allowing the United States to remain competitive in the 21st century. As we prepare St. Margaret’s students for lives of learning, leadership and service we know that knowledge of STEM content and skills will help them to solve global problems, make informed decisions, …

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