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[9 Dec 2011 | admin | One Comment | 6,590 views]
Engineering Classes Blast Off to SpaceX Rocketry Facility in Hawthorne

“Space, the final frontier” was Star Trek author Gene Rodenberry’s famous tagline. On October 28, 23 of St. Margaret’s students enrolled in the two Upper School engineering classes traveled at sub-light speed on a big yellow bus to the city of Hawthorne to visit the company headquarters and manufacturing site of Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.

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[2 Dec 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 4,673 views]
Students Experience the Importance of Our Local Estuary

A student summary of a marine science class field trip designed to help students learn about the challenges of living in an estuarian habitat, the importance of estuaries and the organisms that live there. Thirteen students attended the field trip and were assisted by staff members of the Back Bay Science Center.

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[18 Nov 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,750 views]
Marine Science Class Visits Dana Point Tide Pools to Conduct Research

Introduction by Dr. Jennifer Ross-Viola, Upper School Science Teacher and Science Department Chair:
Thirteen students from the Upper School Marine Science class went on the field trip to study the intertidal zone, which was a focus of our unit. The overarching goal of the trip was to understand how tide pool organisms cope with the challenges of living in that habitat.
Report From the Classroom by Bella Carracino, grade 12:
Our Marine Science class visited the tide pools in Dana Point on the afternoon of October 26. To prepare for the expedition, we …

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[16 Nov 2011 | admin | One Comment | 3,291 views]
How They Spent Their Summer Vacation: Eight Seniors Intern as UC Irvine Research Scientists

Magnetic micro-tweezers. Generating usable energy from tides. Examining one’s own cancer cells. These are just some of the heady concepts explored this past summer by eight St. Margaret’s seniors who demonstrated a passion for science, applied for, then won coveted spots within the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine Engineering Department.
For the seventh consecutive year, UCI has generously offered a unique, rigorous research internship opportunity exclusive to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School for a selected group of its junior students. Click here to read UCI’s …

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[3 Nov 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,898 views]
A Sustainability Learning Cycle: Green Team Teaches Grades 3-5; They’ll Teach K-2

The Green Team has a dream. In September, our eight representatives were elected as Student Council Green Team members. Our goal is to make our school a better, greener place by educating everyone in the Lower School about simple sustainability practices we can adopt here on campus.

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[2 Jun 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,503 views]
Middle School Students Construct Rollercoasters from Household Materials

Making a rollercoaster from mere tubing, duck tape (a lot of it), and gorilla tape, isn’t the easiest thing to do. With a group of four girls, including myself, our assignment was to design and create a rollercoaster using materials that were easily accessible. We could make it out of anything from toothpicks, popsicle sticks, newspaper, duck tape, hosing, piping or any other materials that we could find around the house.

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[16 May 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 1,948 views]
Middle School Student Wins First Place at California State Science Fair

Dave Weaver, grade 8, has placed first in the Fluid/Aerodynamics/Thermo-physics category for the California State Science Fair.
He was awarded a gold medal and $250. This award also qualifies David to enter the Broadcom MASTERS™ (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), the national science, technology, engineering and math competition for U.S. students in grades 6, 7 and 8. David will have a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where he will compete for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented …

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[13 May 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 3,664 views]
Lower School Science Students Get “Buzzy” About Bees

The Discovery Science Center joined St. Margaret’s Lower School science classroom on Monday, May 2 for an inspiring science program called Buzzy Bees. Mrs. Anne Kemp’s Kindergarten class got “buzzy” learning about bees through an engaging lesson in which their science teacher Ms. Morgan Young was transformed into a giant bee!

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[21 Apr 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 2,972 views]
Grade 8 Students Win Top Honors at Orange County Science and Engineering Fair

Each year, St. Margaret’s grade 8 students are required to create a project and participate in St. Margaret’s Science Fair in 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 students …

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[8 Apr 2011 | admin | Comments Off | 3,704 views]
Two SMES Students Present at 2011 Orange County Science and Engineering Fair

Update: On Sunday, April 10, sophomore Austin Russell won first place at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair in the senior division category of Electricity and Electronics. He also received three additional Special Scholarship Awards for excellence in his field. The awards were from the U.S. Navy, Office of Naval Research, The Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles (for innovation that advances technology), and The International Optics and Photonics Society.
Senior Johnny Li won the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair’s Sweepstakes Award for the senior division category of Mathematics …

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