Yesterday was the Charles County Public Schools Science Fair. The sub team had three winners! Congratulations to Zahra, 3rd Grade, for her first in Physics; Ava, Overall Elementary, for her second place in Environmental Science; and Gavin, Junior Level, for his third place in Energy and Transportation. Hoorah!
It's almost spring. To college-bound high school seniors, it's the time of year when college acceptances (or not) start coming in. One of our team members, Lydia, who helped with the last submarine got accepted to Caltech, one of the top technical schools in the US. We all knew Lydia was brilliant when, at age 15, she did all the calculus for the submarine project, but it's nice to see such a distinguished school recognize her gifts. When she went to Caltech for a visit, after having been accepted to the school, several of the staff told her they had noted her work on Il Calamaro, our 2013 ISR entry, and that it was a PLUS on her resume. Congratulations, Lydia!
Today's focus was cutting pieces of wood for the fixture we will be building on Saturday. We reviewed safety procedures and got to work. What a great way to learn about fractions! The biggest problem we had was getting the work crew here! Poplar Hill Road, a dirt road, is suffering from the slow snow melt; today it looked like a mud-wrestling pit. Cars stopped at the top of the hill and the kids slogged through the mud. It was definitely a "leave your boots at the door" kind of day.
Our submarine is named Nautilus. In a future post, we can look at the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus, and possibly Jules Verne's Nautilus, but in today's post, let's learn about the beautiful sea creature, the nautilus. Did you know that the chambered nautilus: