Artificial Intelligence pioneer Seymour Papert wrote, “The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.” This is certainly the way we want to lead our students’ learning at West Hills as they continue to grow.
This week, read how the knowledge students are gaining in 8th-grade science is sparking Yazeed Abuhmaid’s creativity.
My dream is to make supersonic travel a reality again. Supersonic travel is traveling at a speed faster than the speed of sound. It is important for people to travel faster, because it can save time. This unit in science class, we learned about how sound waves travel through a medium. This can be applied to the real world,when people make supersonic jets. Engineers have to design the aircraft in a way so that it is safe when you exceed the speed of sound. But these designs are also applied to other things that go supersonic, such as space shuttles. However, there is another drawback to breaking the sound barrier,which is sonic boom. This can cause health effects to people that hear it. Therefore, scientists are using their knowledge and trying to change the material aircraft are made out of. For more information on supersonic travel,you can visit the following website here,
4th graders also gained some hands-on knowledge this week as we welcomed the University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History program, Fabulous Fossils. Students had a chance to rotate through three stations and take notes in their science journals about the scientific properties of the various fossils they encountered.
Jen Teal, IB Teacher Leader, WHMS