If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place...

Did you see this on Google?  It fits really well with the Invention Convention project we’re doing.

This is their description: “Before there was an airplane, there were doodles of cool flying machines. And before there was a submarine, there were doodles of magical underwater sea explorers. Since the beginning of time, ideas big and small, practical and playful, have started out as doodles. And we’re ready for more. One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school.”

Click the link above (world image) to get more info.


Expanding Your Horizons: opportunity for 6th-8th grade girls

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is happening again in Chicago! This is an exciting opportunity for 6th-8th grade girls in the Chicago area.

EYH is a national network that hosts one-day conferences to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Locally-organized EYH Network programs provide STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges!


Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ conferences nurture girls’ interest in science and math to encourage them to consider careers in STEM and are held all over the United States for middle and high school girls. The second Chicago Expanding Your Horizons conference is taking place on March 22, 2014 at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park!


At the conference, the girls will pick from a series of hands-on workshops to attend on topics such as food science, biomedical engineering, and particle physics. The students will have a great time learning about new careers and participating in hands-on activities that are led by female professionals from a wide variety of STEM careers. The workshop leaders aim to give the students a positive experience and will gladly answer any questions about what they do and how they prepared for their careers. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to gain hands-on exposure to a variety of STEM careers and meet great role models.


Registration for the conference will begin on February 10, 2014.

The registration fee will be $5 per girl.

Financial assistance is available for those who need it.

For more information on the conference and to register, please visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/eyhchicago/


Registration will close on March 1, 2014, or when we reach our capacity of 180 students. Please note that registration filled up extremely quickly last year!

Family Science Days 2014

Family Science Days is free and hands-on fun for the whole family.

February 15-16, 2014 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hyatt Regency Chicago, Purple Level

Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists! Family Science Days are FREE and open to all.

This free community science showcase features hands-on demos, shows, and other activities appropriate for K-12 children and their families. The event features a broad range of educators and scientists promoting an interest in science among the general public.

*This event is hosted by AAAS, for more information go to http://meetings.aaas.org/public/family-science-days/

STEM IN ACTION at Washington Irving Elementary

The new school year is off to a great start!  Students grades 3-8 will be going to the science elective STEM in Action.  You can access information and materials from the class by clicking the appropriate workshop on the left.

Our first homework:

  • Students & parents need to sign the Lab Safety Rules
  • Bring in a pack of college-rule notebook paper
  • Bring in 2 packs of index cards

Thank You & Invite to FVHS Science Night

 Dear Bengal Tigers,

Thank you for a great send-off today.  I know you will do very well 4th quarter with Ms. D.  I got an invitation to pass along for the FVHS science night.  I enjoyed it when I attended.  The liquid nitrogen ice cream is very cool (pun intended), and they always have lots of other fun activities to do.  I hope you will go and let me know what you liked best.   -Mrs. Falwell

FVHS Annual Science Night

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Come join us for a night of science!

All FVHS students, their families, and our feeder school students and their families are invited!

 Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream will again be featured.

Carolina Tiger Rescue will be attending and we will be hosting a supply drive for them.  Please bring at least one of the following items for CTR if possible: a box of exam gloves in Medium or Large, 4 pack or larger package of toilet paper, 3 pack or higher package of paper towels or bananas!

Please enter our school through the entrance near the greenhouse. Science Night will be held in the rear classroom building.
We hope to see you there!!

Test Thursday & Congratulations

Test Thursday on the blood’s path.  The test will ask students to describe the path that blood takes through the heart, lungs, and body.  There will be 2 diagrams: one that matches our notes (and cheer) to show the general path, and an actual drawing of the heart.  There are video lessons posted (click “video lessons” above, then select “anatomy” from the drop-down menu)

Also from Ms. Gorman, our band director-

“Please join me in congratulating the 7th grade Band for their outstanding performance this morning at the Central District Band “Music Performance Adjudication” (MPA).  The band earned a rating of “Superior” which is the highest rating possible.  The last time FVMS attended MPA was 2007 and the last time we earned a Superior was 2002.  I am very proud of how hard they have worked over the past few weeks, as well as how well they performed, and lastly, how well they behaved at the site and at lunch. They represented FVMS so well!”


Students should turn in their genetics video evaluation project on Edmodo this week.  If you have trouble, bring your file on a flash drive (or email it to yourself) and I will help you post it next Wednesday.

Final Punnett square test is Jan 29.

Science Opportunity for Girls

Girls in Science Connect:Nature 2013 at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences!

This 10-week afterschool program for 6th– and 7th-grade girls is a fantastic opportunity to explore nature and learn how scientists are working to understand and conserve our natural resources.

 Program information and applications can be found at http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/youth-science-programs#gisconnect. Applications are due January 25.  If you have questions contact kathryn.fromson@naturalsciences.org or 919-707-9951.

 (Note: This program was formerly known as Girls in Science Neuse River Project. We’re updating the curriculum, exploring some new activities, and keeping the focus on girls learning more about their world!)