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December 14, 2016

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MS Winter Expedition at Steinberg Ice Rink

students ice skatingDuring this week’s expedition, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School scholars had the opportunity to extend their learning at both Steinberg Ice Rink and the St. Louis Science Center. In science class, students have been exploring Newton’s laws of motion.  One of the problems that physics students typically experience during this unit is understanding the theoretical behavior of masses in a frictionless universe, so ice skating provides them with the perfect opportunity to experiment with a low friction surface.  Working with partners, students studied multiple variables, including mass, force, acceleration, and velocity, in order to better understand their effects on motion.   

At the Science Center, students participated in three different rotations: the scientific notation station, a planetarium scavenger hunt, and the central tendency station.  Each rotation was designed to allow students to investigate the ways in which scientists use mathematics to solve problems.  Concepts that were explored include converting decimals to scientific notation, using ratios and proportions, estimating, and mean, median, mode and range.  

 

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.