GRADE: 5th Grade
TEACHER: Ms. Greggory
PROGRAM: Meteorology Madness
SCIENTIST: Meteor Martin
This week’s LIMELIGHT SCHOOL OF THE WEEK IS……LaFayette Elementary School, Fuquay-Varina, NC
Hello Scientists, I hope that everyone has had a scientifically wonderful week. Our Limelight school is none other that the legendary, Lafayette Elementary. I would like to begin by thanking the administration, teachers and students for making High Touch High Tech such a huge part of your school’s yearly calendar and for allowing me the opportunity to get to know so many of you. It is such a great feeling to walk down the halls and receive so many high fives from the kids and just as many good mornings from the staff. The pleasure is all mine.
This week, the fifth graders and I were able to discuss and explore several different meteorological events including: clouds, lightning, thunder, pressure systems and more. I must give high praises to the teachers because it seemed as if the children knew as much about Meteorology as I do. Way to go guys!
I love to pay attention as the children perform each experiment and listen as they talk to one another. It is the best way to get a true impression as to how much they are enjoying the programs. At one point I heard one of them say, “This is amazing” and another asked me after our lesson was over if I “could go to lunch with them.” Maybe next time guys.
I want to thank Mrs. Gregory and the rest of the fifth-grade staff for everything that you do to make High Touch High Tech so important in your teaching. I will see you all next week, when I return to work with the 4th graders and we learn all about the Moon. 😊
Until next time, this is “Meteor” Martin blasting off!
Black History Month
As we celebrate Black History Month, remember the important contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation’s history!
Elijah McCoy was born in Canada to parents who were slaves and had escaped slavery by way of the Underground Railroad. His parents really wanted him to get a good education. But they could not send him to the United States. So they saved up enough money to send Elijah to Scotland where he studied engineering. When he completed his studies he went to the United States, eager to work. But he was really disappointed. He tried very hard to get a job as an engineer, but nobody would hire him because he was black. Since he needed money he got a job with the railroad. His job was to shovel coal into the train engine, then stop the machine and oil it by hand. He started thinking to himself. Wouldn’t it be great if we could oil this machine without stopping it? He needed to oil the machine because when 2 moving objects rub up against each other they produce heat. Scientists call this “friction.”
Frederick Jones was born in Ohio in 1892 and fought in World War I. He had over 60 patents, but refrigeration was his specialty! He recognized a problem. Farmers would load their vegetables on a truck so that the truck could haul the vegetables to a market. Sometimes, it was a long haul and the food would spoil. So he invented a refrigeration system for the truck.
Katherine Johnson, born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. By thirteen, she was attending the high school on the campus of historically black West Virginia State College. She was a space scientist. She studied how to steer and direct satellites.
One of HTHT experiments is called, The Real McCoy© So come join us on a fun filled adventure as we discover several very famous African American scientists and learn about their incredible contributions to science! All of these scientists all had incredible imaginations. They all had major struggles. Some of the scientists that we are going to learn about today lived a long time ago. Some are still alive today. But they all have several things in common. They are all African Americans who have overcome obstacles to make significant contributions to the field of science.
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GRADE: 4th Grade
TEACHER: Ms. Coleman
PROGRAM: “Jurassic Classic”
SCIENTIST: Meteor Martin
This week’s LIMELIGHT SCHOOL OF THE WEEK IS……Pleasant Union Elementary School, Raleigh, NC.
Hello Scientists!!! This week was packed full of fun and amazing lessons covering a wide variety of topics. The list included: having fun with sound, learning about forces and motions, building robots and our lesson at the Limelight school of the week, Jurassic Classic.
The 4th Graders at Pleasant Union Elementary enjoyed learning about the history of the earth, where it came from and how it changed as time went by. They also had a tremendous amount of enthusiasm as we began our experiments, so much in fact, that they didn’t want to stop talking about each one so that we could move onto the next.
We spent so much time observing, talking, and asking questions that for each class, I had to quickly set up and perform the last experiment myself in order to complete our lesson as planned. It is amazing how quickly 75 minutes can pass by when every child interacts and participates in our fun and interactive lesson.
I would like to give a BIG shout out to the 4th graders at Pleasant Union Elementary and Ms. Coleman for sporting the HTHT Lanyard!! Thank you so much for having High Touch High Tech be part of your learning experience. 😊
Until next time, this is “Meteor” Martin blasting off.
GRADE: 3rd Grade
TEACHER: Ms. DeChesere
PROGRAM: Newton in a Nutshell
SCIENTIST: Meteor Martin
This week’s LIMELIGHT SCHOOL OF THE WEEK IS……Sandy Ridge Elementary School, Durham, NC.
Hello scientists!!! I hope that everyone has had a fantastic week. I recently had the opportunity to visit a school for the very first time and had a blast teaching and working with the 3rd graders at our limelight school of the week, which is none other than Sandy Ridge Elementary.
This week, the children had a chance to learn and explore more about one of our favorite scientists, Sir Isaac Newton, as they were able to observe first-hand Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in action and apply them to real world examples. I was able to prepare the students to be transformed into junior physicists as they discover inertia and motion with our Fun Flicks & more experiments! Newton’s Laws of Motion explain the relationship between a body or mass and the forces acting upon it and our experiments covered each one in fun, exciting, detail.
We had such a great time, that several teachers were asking for the materials needed in order to take part in trying some of the experiments out. It is always a thrill to see teaches getting involved and enjoying the activities along with the children. This lesson also provides the children the chance to get up and move about the room in order to participate in many of the experiments, which is always welcome with open arms
Again, I would like to thank all the 3rd Graders and their teachers at Sandy Ridge Elementary for having High Touch High Tech be part of your learning activities. 😊
Until next time, this is Meteor Martin blasting off!