What are Solar Ovens? Reply

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Mr. Dandridge, Mrs. Dandridge, and Mrs. Winemiller’s sixth-grade students will be undertaking another experiment: the solar oven experiment.

“For students who haven’t done this yet, this experiment will sure be fun. It’ll seem more like entertainment than a boring school project,” says Mr. Dandridge.

Unlike projects that provide instructions on the necessities after the objective is learned, this experiment uses the students’ already-known knowledge about the factors of heat. The students objective is to burn/melt something using a contraption made from a cardboard box, construction paper, wax paper, and tin foil made which needs to attain its source of heat from the sun. How the sixth graders will attain the heat relies on their knowledge of what they learned in previous years. More…

What in Tarnation is this Thing?! 9

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Brian Lam

The devastating 2017, category-3 Atlantic hurricane, notoriously known as Hurricane Harvey, brought many sorrows to the Southern and Eastern parts of the United States. Although destructive and costly requiring tens of billions of dollars for the area to recover, the hurricane also brought many mysteries. 

One of these involves a dead aquatic creature that washed up on the shores of Texas. Social media blew up with pictures of this sharp-fanged creature lying dead on the shores of Texas City, Texas.

While walking along the deserted beaches of Texas City, Preeti Desai encountered what to her looked like a large, dead rat. Curiously, she walked up to the mysterious creature only to figure out it was the carcass of a dead animal she was unfamiliar with.  More…

Brine Shrimp Experiment! 5

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Brian Lam

Seventh graders in Mr. Dandridge’s class are about to begin the brine shrimp experiment! In this experiment, brine shrimp will be living in various conditions. Brine shrimp need specific conditions to hatch, so observing which condition is the best/fastest for the shrimp are experiment-worthy.

In an interview with Mr. Dandridge, a Stacey Middle School science teacher, he stated, “This experiment will teach students setting design, variables in experiments, and an understanding of affect outcome.”

When asked what his favorite part of doing this experiment every year, Mr. Dandridge said, “My favorite part about doing this every year is seeing the students’ reactions and their strong desire to want to come to school every day to keep themselves updated on the shrimp.” More…

Do Cats Really Deserve To Die? 11

Kelsey Bisetti

There is no way to make death okay. That seems to be a generally accepted belief, right? Then, why are we killing millions upon millions of animals each year for classroom experiments and dissections? How can we excuse that as education when there are so many humane options to consider as replacements?

Alright, since you’ll probably just mock any moral argument I make, I’ll start with some facts. Almost nobody remembers what they learned during dissections. I, for example, don’t remember a single idea I learned during the squid dissection I was forced into during sixth grade. More…

How Else Does Air Pollution Affect Us? 3

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Elaine Tong

Air pollution affects many things in the world. It is well known that the pollution damages perfectly fine rivers, lakes, or water sources. Indirectly, it also destroys many homes for people and animals. So, the first point is that it harms Earth and the environment. But in what way does air pollution affect us, exactly?

John Hopkins University School of Medicine head and neck surgeon Murray Ramanathan and a group of scientists recorded studies with mice as substitutes for humans. According to them, the small particulates in the air contribute to the same viruses within the nose and sinus areas that give someone a runny nose. These particulates include debris, smoke, dust, and coal typically originating from factories, farms, vehicles, and more. More…

Our First Trip to the Sun 8

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NASA has plans to launch its very first mission to the sun. An announcement regarding this will be released on May 31 at 8 AM PST. The mission is named Solar Probe Plus.

Solar Probe Plus will travel into the range of 3.9 million miles towards the Sun’s surface, which is within Mercury’s orbit and the closest any spacecraft has ever been to the sun before. In this range, the mission will endure excruciating temperatures that are estimated to be roughly about 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, hotter than any other historic spacecraft.

This launch will provide several data that will be helpful for future research, such as potentially harmful objects that may collide with Earth in the future. The information will be necessary to protect Earth in harm’s way. More…

Henderson’s Island Trash 3

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Oanh Tran

On a small uninhabited island, researchers have discovered it has been harboring 38 million pieces of trash.

Henderson Island is a designated world heritage site because of bird life and is a part of the U.K Pitcairn island territory. It is located in the middle of the South Pacific Gyre ocean current making it a bullseye for debris carried in the ocean current.

The island has the highest density of plastic debris than anywhere reported on earth. According to Proceedings of Nationals Academic of Science, a study has estimated, 17 tons of plastic debris washed up on Henderson Island, with more than 3,570 new pieces of litter arriving every day on the one beach alone. More…

Sea you later? 7

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Elaine Tong

There is limited knowledge humans have about the ocean. In fact, scientists have not yet explored five percent of the world’s ocean, which consists of seventy-one percent of Earth’s surface. Surprisingly, there is more material learned about space than for the ocean. This ocean lives on the same surface with humans and animals, yet the knowledge of space and its content outweigh that of the ocean. So, one of the most obvious questions would be this: How deep is the ocean? More…

No XL? 4

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Kelsey Bisetti

 

With all the recent drama concerning TrumpCare, the wall, and the travel ban, the Keystone XL Pipeline kind of got swept under the rug. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious controversy.

Keystone XL is a direct oil pipeline running from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. As opposed to the old pipeline mimicking this one, this is a much faster route, raking in about 3,486,000 gallons of oil a day.

Construction would employ about 28,000 workers and ease dependance on the Middle East. Not to mention, the increased availability of supplies would lead to lower prices for customers. More…

More Deadly Heat From Climate Change Reply

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Oanh Tran

Although most nations could maintain at agreed-upon levels of (average) temperature, a new study reports more deaths (heatstroke) related to extreme heat is expected.

Nations contributing to the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to under 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

However, extreme heat is expected to occur more often as the 2 degree Celsius limit is approached, researchers say. More…