Sixth grade students recently completed an exciting STEAM project in science combining research, storytelling and moving making.
Each student researched an element, then used the science behind the element's chemical and physical properties to create a superhero. Sixth graders gave their superhero a backstory about how they got their powers and appearance. After creating a 2-D or 3-D figure and writing a script and story board, science teacher Angie Zinkl and technology coordinator Melika Panneri helped the students create a movie using WeVideo.
Watch the video below to meet the world's newest superhero, Nitro Girl.
Senior Kindergarten provided the inspiration for the first annual Wilson School Science Night. Each January, in conjunction with their space unit, Senior Kindergarten holds a star gazing party. This year, all Wilson families were invited, and the science committee expanded the activities.
In the Innovation Room, families found robotics activities. DeSmet Jesuit High School, part of the First Robotics Competition League, demonstrated large robots and Webster Groves High School, part of First Tech Challenge Robotics, demonstrated driving robots.
Students and their families visited stations in the gym where they held bubbles made from sublimated carbon dioxide, created flubber, looked under a microscope to determine the difference between plant versus animal cells and made magnet art.
Wilson parent Dr. Phil Skemer, a professor in the Washington University department of earth and planetary sciences, demonstrated frakking with Jello and juice. Dr. Burchan Bayazit, also a Wilson parent, shared his virtual reality equipment.
On the lower playground, Dr. Sameer Siddiqui, a Wilson parent and member of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, helped children view the moon. Senior Kindergarten teachers Mary Jaeger and Michael Hinkebein offered their favorite science activities including making moonbases with marshmallows, Alka-Seltzer rockets and space helmets.
The Wilson School hosted its first Family Art Event on Saturday, February 27. The theme for the event was "Celebrating Community, Compassion and Collaboration."
Special guests included Doodlestones creator Bryan Payne and author Carol S. Klein who read her book “Painting for Peace in Ferguson” in the Innovation Room while the pages were projected on the school's unique immersion wall, comprised of 18 flat screens.
Wilson students helped Syrian refugees by making pinwheels. For each finished pinwheel, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $2 to the International Rescue Committee’s Healing Classroom Program benefiting Syrian youth.
Cbabi Bayoc, a painter specializing in depicting African American fathers with their children, worked on a piece in progress. Bayoc served as this year's Wilson School visiting artist. During his week with the students, they explored his painting technique using acrylic paints. Pre-kindergarten through first grade students created images of birds, while second through sixth grade students painted portraits. All the work completed with Bayoc was on display for the Family Art Event.
Thank you to art teachers Diane Signor and Mary Beth Tipton for organizing the event.
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