Bringing Science to Life
Nearly 500 7th grade students from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Montgomery Village middle schools participated in exciting hands-on science activities during the 8th annual Frontiers in Science and Medicine Day on Oct. 28. Frontiers in Science is a unique partnership among MCPS, Johns Hopkins University and local science and biotech industries that helps spark student interest in science.
Breaking Ground for a New Thomas Edison High School of Technology
Community leaders gathered Nov. 3 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Thomas Edison High School of Technology. The revitalization/expansion project will replace the current school, which was built in 1982.
The new Thomas Edison is expected to open in August 2018 and will feature the Junior Achievement Finance Park, a financial literacy program that will be offered to all Grade 7 students. The Junior Achievement Finance Park experience begins with four weeks of classroom curriculum, culminating with a day at the Finance Park, where students will be immersed in a reality-based, decision-making process that addresses budgeting, health care, investments, philanthropy and banking. The onsite activities allow students to execute what they learned in the classroom and provide a strong foundation to understanding how to maintain a realistic personal budget.
Singing the Blues at Strathmore
More than 12,000 5th grade students attended an interactive and educational blues concert at the Music Center at Strathmore last month. The concert was developed by Strathmore, MCPS, the Library of Congress and local blues experts to teach students about the elements of the blues, enrich classroom lessons and foster greater music appreciation.
“The Strathmore Student Concerts have been a cornerstone of our educational mission since they were launched in 2004. We’re proud that for the first time, we’ve mined our own artistic resources and vision to create and deliver a show stopping original production,” said the art center’s Director of Education Lauren Campbell.
Performed by topflight alumni of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program and guided by an emcee, The Blues show highlights a linear evolution of blues—from its early, simpler instrumentation to more recent forms that include amplification, brass and winds, and more musical texture. The Blues also prominently features icons such as Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and B.B. King in the concert repertoire and in stronger multimedia elements to further engage students.
The new program creates rich context for the blues as a foundational element of American music, connecting it to rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. Strathmore has also created an online library of education materials for students and teachers.
Ashburton Elementary Students Learn How Food Gets from Farm to Table
Students at Ashburton Elementary School got a firsthand look on October 25 at how food comes from the farm to their cafeteria. Students and representatives from the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Maryland Farm Bureau, visited with farmers and got to explore a 40-foot trailer filled with hands-on learning activities.
Students got to taste fresh Maryland apples and learn how to build a “salad box,” starting from scratch.
Ashburton has put an emphasis on promoting wellness and healthy eating and also created a garden in its courtyard where students grow flowers and crops.