While today is the celebration of Valentine’s Day, and there’s lots of sweetness here at Westside School, it’s important to also note it’s American Heart Health month too!
In the seventh grade math class, students are finishing up a unit working on equations and inequalities. As part of the review, the class put together a demonstration of deriving an equation for taxi prices in Seattle. We had two data points: from teacher Mark’s house to the airport was a distance of about 10 miles and a cost of approximately $25. From teacher Sarah’s house to the airport was a distance of about 15 miles and a cost of approximately $35. The intent was to tie the work the class is doing in looking at equations to a real-world situation that would help to gain insight into how math informs everyday situations.
In 7th grade science, students are continuing their journey into the physics of our world, and are currently playing with motors and batteries, as they design experiments to find out how to maximize their ability to lift a given load. Recently, the Pre-K class was invited up to visit, since they are also studying batteries and circuits. It was such fun to have them visit, and the seventh graders were not only welcoming, but did a great job describing their experiments in kid-friendly language! One of the most important lessons of late has been when designing and carrying out an experiment, it’s very helpful to keep track of mistakes so as to avoid repeating them! Next, students will be developing an understanding of the various types of simple machines, and discovering just how helpful they can be.