LCHS Science Students Stage Successful Fair

By Perry Fein
The Outlook

Photos by Erin Rodick / OUTLOOKScience National Honor Society members Alexandra Dudek, Melina Tsotras, Solenn Matuska, Justin Hyon, Kanyar Salahi and Micah Smyth

Students, faculty and local scientists assembled in the La Cañada High School gym on Friday night for a Science Fair. Tri-fold posters adorned tables spread in an oval across the floor, displaying the results of experiments on subjects ranging from how stress affects handwriting to the effects of acid rain on freshwater environments.
“We created the Science National Honors Society this year because we wanted to put on interesting events,” said Micah Smyth, the club’s treasurer. “And the school hasn’t historically held an annual science fair.”
Nine projects were presented, all of which were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of experts in several scientific specialties, including psychology, biology and engineering. Continue reading “LCHS Science Students Stage Successful Fair”

JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering

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Pinky Brandeau and Emily Sleeper were part of the “Skyentists” team, along with David Getzen, which participated in last week’s “final launch” at the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Thirty-five imaginative La Cañada High School students used a variety of contraptions, from bungee cords to hand cranks, to launch a variety of projectiles such as tennis balls, sponges and shoeboxes, skyward on Friday in the Mars Yard at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
For the fifth year, LCHS students participated in the JPL Space Academy, an extracurricular program held in the fall that offers participants a real-world experience requiring them to work on their engineering skills — as well as business, communication and collaboration abilities. Continue reading “JPL Academy Students Delight in Discovering”

Bill Nye the Science Guy Excites LCF Crowd

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Gregory Mone and Bill Nye discuss their book series, “Jack and the Geniuses,” during an event Sept. 14 at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

Bill Nye the Science Guy was greeted like a rock star by a crowd of 325 people who gathered to hear him and co-author Gregory Mone discuss their book series, “Jack and the Geniuses,” on Thursday, Sept. 14, at Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse’s outdoor parking lot.
“Helloooo Flintridge!” the former TV star and renowned science personality shouted into his microphone over the cheering crowd, which consisted of fans of all ages. Nye went on to share some of his motivation for writing the series, which combines real-world science along with mysterious adventure in a way that’s meant to leave young readers guessing until the end. Continue reading “Bill Nye the Science Guy Excites LCF Crowd”

PUSD Preschool Fairs Scheduled Throughout April

Preschools in Pasadena Unified include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning.

Pasadena Unified School District’s preschools are holding fairs in April for prospective families to tour classrooms, register and learn about the preschool curriculum that is developing creative and confident learners.
Full-day preschools are offered at Pasadena Unified Children’s Centers, where the curriculum features opportunities for hands-on exploration and discovery to help build enduring critical thinking skills — and foster confidence so that young children are well-prepared for kindergarten.
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