CLEVELAND CAVS COACH TAKES OVER ELEMENTARY GYM CLASSES
SURPRISE!!! The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking over our gym classes at JES! Our students have been so excited to have a Cavs Coach be part of their gym class for a day. The take over is part of the Cavs Academy that the organization usually offers to schools – because of COVID this year, the team is holding the gym class take over virtually. We popped in on Mrs. Courtney Dyer’s kindergarten class and they were receiving instruction from Coach Jon White. Coach Jon led the class through a series of exercises, similar to what Cavs players do, including jumping jacks, squats, sit ups and push ups. Our kindergarten pups impressed him with their determination to do more sit ups and push ups than what he asked – he asked for five, they wanted to do seven push ups and ten sit ups! The Cavs say that’s the whole idea of the gym class takeover – to bring the energy and activities to get kids up and moving! We are so grateful to the Cavs for providing this experience to our students! Thanks again to Coach Jon and the Cavs organization for a fun gym class!
8TH grade science students had an electric week in class not too long ago. While using social distancing practices, students had the opportunity to experience static charge using a tesla coil (a radio frequency oscillator that produces voltage at low currents) and a Van de Graaf machine (an electrostatic generator that produces electricity at low current levels.) Together, the two things provide some insight into the concepts of forces being contact and non-contact in terms of static. Additionally, using either machine, students can experience conduction (transmission of electricity through a substance) and induction (production of an electric or magnetic state) and see the law of charges work with attraction and repulsion. Thanks to teacher Mr. Dave Bronson for setting up the experiment and giving students a hands on experience with static charges. t looks like our friend Brenna here experiencing first hand how opposite charges attract!