Cardinal Eighth Graders Travel to Gettysburg National Military Park

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Nearly 100 eighth graders made the annual pilgrimage to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in May to see the history they’ve been studying all year come to life. During the two day trip, students have an opportunity to tour several museums, battlefields, and the National Cemetery, and participate in a Ghost Tour at the Jenny Wade House.

Pasta Bridges

This past school year, sixth grade students built bridges out of, get this, PASTA noodles! It was the culmination of a STEM project they had been working on in Mrs. Beth Tucker’s classes. Students studied and read about bridges, then took that knowledge and applied it to their own construction designs. Using the engineering design process – a series of steps to follow to come up with a solution to a problem – students are used various types of uncooked pasta to build a bridge.

Once construction was complete, students tested their bridges, evaluating for strength and rebuilding if necessary. Students were able to use any type of pasta and glue they wanted, but the bridge had to span 12 inches and hold a full 16 oz. water bottle.

Cardinal High School math students visit Cedar Point for Physics, Science and Math day. In addition to riding rides, while there, students participated in hands on exhibits on how math and science principles apply to amusement park excitement!

Cardinal High School Students Visit Cedar Point for Math and Science Days

A wet learning adventure for some of our high school math students! About 23 students in Miss Kara Gillespie’s and Mr. Josh Esenwine’s Honors and Algebra 2 and pre-calc classes took a field trip to Cedar Point for their Physics, Science and Math day!

The week long event turns the park into a classroom allowing students to view special presentations and demonstrations, and participate in hands on exhibits. The event gives students the chance to experience the laws of physics and motion and discover how math and science apply to amusement park excitement. While there students received packets to complete in relation to the rides (which of course they also rode), but because it rained most of the day, students weren’t able to complete them – but finished them in class before school ended for the year based off of pictures they took at the park!

Pictured In Cover Photo: Eighth grade students visit the Gettysburg National Military Park during their trip to Pennsylvania in May. Along with the park, students also toured several battlefields and museums.

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