Apopka Memorial Middle School science teacher needs your help

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Alice NolanMany of us are getting tired of where the world is going.  The good news is we can change this as a community!  It is the beginning of the school year and many kids are getting excited about things such as science, sports, theatre, band, chorus, writing, and school spirit. How does this change the world?  Getting the next generation involved in things that are important, having them participate in groups full of diverse minds.  This only enhances a world of understanding and change.  This makes them think about what is important which is their community and society.  Now you are asking how can I help with this I am not an educator, I do not have time with my job and family to take on a big task.  Do not worry yourself you do not have too. Donate to many of the programs that are going on today in your community to help kids get excited about their community.  If you know of a program that I did not mention, please add it to the comments section.Apopka Drama Department – Erin Miner – [email protected] High School Football – Find a football player and buy their Darter Card!Apopka Middle School Science – Mr. Morris – https://www.donorschoose.org/we-teach/3770017?projects=trueWekiva High School Extra Curricular Activities – Stephen Furo – [email protected] Scouts – Contact your local Boy Scouts and buy a Scout Card. – http://cflscouting.org/council/ Alice Nolan is a sixth generation Apopkan who spends many hours donating her time to her community. In 2016 she ran for The Apopka City Commission.Energize 8th Graders with Snap CircuitsFrom Ryan Morris/ Apopka Memorial Middle School Science TeacherScience education is rooted in technology with hands-on learning as the core of many STEM lessons. Many apps have been created that can help harness and disseminate science concepts including Nearpod, BrainPop, Zondle, Socrative and Flubaroo. All of our students have been given access to Google Docs, but with only 2 Chrome carts available for the middle school, securing time on the Chromebooks is rare and often we are plagued with hardware in need of maintenance. With a dedicated set of tablets. I can make sure that my students are able to be more computer literate with an emphasis on using a computer as a tool and not just a social media device. My students will be able to enter data into spreadsheets, create graphs to help them analyze their data and then publish their data by way of formal lab reports and multimedia presentations such as video projects, Prezi and PowerPoint.My students need access to modern equipment to best learn about series, parallel and more complex circuitry. We need to get of that tangled mess of alligator clips!My StudentsAs a teacher in a diverse school district, my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am looking to keep things simple and provide my students with creative and meaningful learning experiences.My students are a melting pot of many backgrounds, ethnicities and learning styles, yet all are engaged when technology is involved in the learning process.I want to keep my classroom as engaging and entertaining as possible while maintaining high rigor and even higher level thinking.Many of the students do not have access to the Internet at home, so using technology at school is their only exposure to this valuable resource.My ProjectAt our school, most of our equipment has seen better days. For many of our students, this is the only place to get hands on science education.We need to replace the tangled web of alligator clips and broken mini light bulbs.These materials will bring electricity education into the 21st century and make an impact on the students.Teaching concepts like electricity are a big need in our classroom culture. Many of our students will go on to be engineers or electricians. The foundation of that life long passion can be built with these kits. Instead of beginning with a frustration over faulty equipment.I currently teach an honors level class of eighth graders. They are highly motivated and intelligent students but they are stuck in the middle. We currently don’t have the supplies to accuracy teach concepts like series and parallel circuits, resistance and Ohms Law. These snap circuit kits will make learning these concepts not only easy, but fun to do. We would usually waste 20 minutes passing out materials and organizing the chaos of the wires. These kits will allow students to get straight to labs and investigations without hesitation. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! To donate, go here. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSApopka Memorial Middle School Previous articleTourism: The biggest piston in Orange County’s economic engineNext articleCookies & Milk with a Cop this Saturday Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Chipper/shredder basics

first_imgIf your wish list this season includes a chipper or shredder to remove limbs and leaves from your landscape, follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension before making a hasty purchase. A shredder is used primarily for leaves and very small twigs while a chipper chops wood or stalks into small pieces. Many units contain both chipper and shredder capabilities and are referred to as chipper/shredders. Engine sizes vary from small electric powered units with a horsepower of 1 horsepower or less to larger, 4- to 10- horsepower, gasoline-powered units. Some are available with an electric starter, which can be a useful with larger engines. Units that are even larger and attach to a tractor’s power-take-off (PTO) drive are also available. Some shredders have a chute for receiving leaves near the ground so leaves can be easily raked into the unit, or they may have the capability to be used as a vacuum to pull leaves into the unit. Others have wheels to allow operation over the lawn and landscape, much like a lawn mower. Chippers usually operate with knives fixed to a rotary disk. They chop wood that is fed through a chute into small pieces. Some chippers have knives that can be turned over when one side becomes dull. The ease of removing, replacing and/or sharpening the knives is an important feature to consider. Chipping green wood is usually easier and less damaging to the blades than chipping drier wood. The size of the branches that can be chopped is limited by the capacity of the machine. Some larger chippers can handle branches greater than 2 inches in diameter. Most gardeners seem to prefer the combination chipper/shredder, but put your individual needs first when making a selection. Always buy the largest machine you can afford, since underpowered or under capacity machines wear out sooner, require more maintenance and result in lower performance. Pay close attention to all safety warnings that accompany the machine and do not remove or dismantle any safety shields or guards. Ensure all chutes and hoppers are clean before use and no tools or other materials have fallen inside. Carefully check the materials you are shredding to ensure they contain no rocks, metal or similar materials that may damage the machine. (This is especially true of leaves in areas where a baseball, dog bone or similar damaging item can easily be raked up in the leaves.) Most chipper/shredders come with a “tamper” designed to feed materials into the hopper. Keep your face and hands away from the hopper so that a “kickback” of material will not injure you. Always wear tight fitting clothing, gloves and ear and eye protection. If the machine clogs, shut it down and allow all blades to completely stop before attempting to clean it.last_img read more

Cricket News ICC Women’s World T20: Mithali Raj guides India to seven-wicket win over Pakistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Providence : Veteran Mithali Raj smashed a aggressive half century to guide India to an easy 7-wicket victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World T20 in Providence on Sunday.  Raj anchored the Indian run chase with a 47-ball 56 which she made with the help of seven fours in the Group B match which was marred by unprecedented docking of 10 penalty runs on Pakistan. Even before a ball being faced, 10 runs were on India’s scoreboard after Pakistan were docked five-run penalty twice during their innings on account of their batswomen running on the danger area of the pitch during their inningsIndia chased down the target of 134 with six balls to spare, reaching 137 for 3 in 19 overs. Previous game centurion and captain Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy remained not out on 14 and 8 respectively. With the win on Sunday, India (with four points) made a big step towards making it to the semifinals from the five-team Group B. Two teams each from the two groups qualify for the semifinals. India also avenged their narrow 2-run defeat under D/L method against Pakistan in New Delhi in the previous edition of the tournament in 2016.     India made a strong start with openers Raj and Smriti Mandhana (26) finding the boundaries at regular intervals in their 73-run stand from 9.3 overs. Mandhana fell to Bismah Maroof with Omaima Sohail taking a superb catch at deep square leg. The 18-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues (16), who scored a half century in the previous game against New Zealand, seemed to continue from where she left but she played a shot too many and perished in the process, caught and bowled by Nida Dar in the 15th over. Earlier, Indian bowlers pinned Pakistan down for most part of their innings before allowing them to wriggle out for 133 for 7.     Opting to field after winning the toss, India made a great start with the ball, reducing Pakistan to 30 for 3 in the seventh over.  Pakistan made a fine recovery thanks to half centuries from Bismah Maroof (53) and Nida Dar (52) as the duo stitched 93 runs for the fourth wicket to take their side to a competitive total.   India also dropped at least three easy catches, which allowed Pakistan to come back into the Group B match.   Opening bowler Arundhati Reddy immediately gave India the breakthrough by having Ayesha Zafar caught at the slips by Veda Krishnamurthy for nought in the final delivery of the first over. Pakistan were yet to open account then and they could have been in a worse situation had Smriti Mandhana not dropped captain Javeria Khan in the third over. But two run-outs in the space of three overs gave India the upper hand.First an outstanding direct throw from 18-year old Jemimah Rodrigues sent Umaima Sohail back to the pavilion in the fourth over while captain Javeria witnessed the same fate in the seventh over after a mixed-up. Pakistan were on the ropes but India allowed them to gain grounds by having three dropped catches. All the three were regulation catches.Veda Krishnamurthy dropped Nida Dar while on 15 in the 11th over. Poonam Yadav dropped the same batswoman in the 13th over when she was on 23. The next over, Poonam made a mess of a Bismah Maroof skier as she completely misjudged the trajectory of the ball. Pakistan were still not out of the woods as they could only reach 53 for 3 at the half-way stage but the sloppy Indian fielding allowed their two batswomen Dar and Maroof to gain in confidence. The Pakistani duo began to hit boundaries at regular intervals and both reached to their fifties towards the end of the innings.Maroof was the first to reach to her fifty in the 17th over while Dar did the same in the next over.  But both were out in the same 19th over in the space of three balls with Dayalan Hemalatha picking the two wickets. Poonam Yadav then scalped two Pakistani wickets in the final over — that of Aliya Riaz (4) and Sana Mir (0). Pakistan were penalised for five runs twice during their innings for their batswomen running on the danger area. Thus, 10 runs were added to India’s innings when they come out to bat.  last_img read more