Each year, Middle School Science Teacher Lee Block requires his eighth graders to build and launch bottle rockets. The goal of this project is to apply what they have learned during their study of Newton’s Laws of Motion.
The friendly competition is designed to see who can launch a bottle into the air and keep it afloat for the longest period of time. Students must follow specific rules about the type and size of the bottle, the design of the nose cone and fins, the parachute and the amount of pressure (PSI) pumped into it.
The assignment is an example of STEAM learning at NSCD:
Science—Physics: Newton’s Laws of Moton. Utilize the scientific method for deciding the correct amount of water to use. Find the center of pressure and the center of gravity.
Technology—Learn how to use the bottle rocket testing apparatus. 3D design and print nose cones and fins.
Engineering—Design and build the nose cone, fins and parachute.
Art—Design the fins and parachutes.
Math—Decide where to place fins based upon measurement. Decide the area, shape and placement of the fins. Determine the size of the parachute. Determine/measure the correct amount of water to use.
North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.
All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.