C-SPAN Honors Winners of StudentCam Competition
Representatives from C-SPAN visited Eastern Middle School, and Sherwood and Montgomery Blair high schools to honor the winners of the 2016 StudentCam documentary competition. Secondary students from across the country were asked to create a short documentary on the theme “Road to the White House: What’s the issue you most want candidates to discuss during the 2016 presidential campaign?” The students will receive cash prizes and their schools will also receive funds to purchase digital video equipment.
Students Showcase Designs at KID Museum
On May 22, students from Parkland and Westland middle schools showcased inventions, which were created after a series of visits to the KID Museum in Bethesda. The Museum’s Invention Studio Program is run in partnership with seven schools and exposes kids to STEM fields. The students chose from aerodynamics, robotics, digital music or circuits/3D design, and then created a design of their own.
Sherwood Students Conduct Water Testing, Assess Health of Anacostia River
Last month, student participants in the Smithsonian’s Urban Waterways Citizen Scientists Program conducted biological and chemical water testing in the Northwest Branch Anacostia River, near Sherwood High School. The school’s Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science students and their teacher, Laura Dinerman were joined by Tony Thomas, education specialist/CSP co-coordinator from the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Museum, and Alison Cawood, biologist/CSP co-coordinator, Smithsonian Environmental Research Program, as they collected data and assessed stream health.
Sherwood’s Environmental Club, EcoSherwood, has been monitoring the stream this year using probe-ware provided by the Smithsonian, collecting data on water chemistry and assessing the impact of runoff on the stream. The AP Environmental Science students participated in the effort to collect data on the Anacostia by collecting macroinvertebrates, measuring riparian buffers and evaluating erosion of the stream banks. This information will be shared to create a picture of the health of the Anacostia River.
Clopper Mill Elementary Students Perform the Musical, Annie
The Clopper Mill Elementary School student chorus recently performed the musical, Annie. Students sang and danced and excited crowds with renditions of the popular songs “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard Knock Life.”
Clarksburg Elementary Students Participate in Read-Aloud
Clarksburg Elementary School students participated in a whole-school read-aloud, reading the book What to Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada. Twenty-seven copies of the book were donated to the school by the Damascus Lions. Fifth grade students read the book to groups of younger students. They also led discussions on the book. The goal of this event was to encourage students to read and to help students recognize the importance of developing new ideas, and following through no matter what obstacles they may face. The event was organized by school counselor Maureen Enstrom.