Ave Crux (In Partnership with Saint Francis High School)

October 2020 - May 2021
Opportunity X representatives: Pujita Tangirala, Katelyn McGuigan,
Stella Bronzini, Rohit Khorana, Sudeepthi Ravipati
Sponsoring Teacher: Sean O'Neill

10/10/2020 Material Kit Distribution

Around 25 material kits were put together for the Ave Crux program. Pujita and Mr. O'Neill conducted a drive through material pickup at Saint Francis High School.

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10/11/2020 Graphite Circuits

This week, students learned about various types of conductors and insulators. They also learned how batteries work and the different types of circuits, like series and parallel. They were able to put this in action by drawing their own circuits using graphite, which is a strong conductor. These circuits were able to light up LEDs. This was a demonstration of Ohm’s law, which the students were able to see in action by varying the thickness and length of their circuits.


10/18/2020 Hoop Gliders

This week, students learned about the principles of flight, specifically how air resistance, gravity, lift, and thrust work together to make things fly. They were able to put this in action by building their own hoop gliders out of paper and straw. Students observed how their gliders flew and then made modifications to experiment with the flight path. Some students added extra hoops to increase lift while others added extra straws to improve on the structure.

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10/25/2020 Dancing Ghosts

This week, students learned about static electricity and the charges of atoms. They were able to demonstrate this by creating “dancing ghosts”. Students cut out tissue paper and used the power of static electricity to connect the positively charged paper to a negatively charged balloon automatically.

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11/1/2020 Non-Newtonian Fluids

This week, students learned about Newton’s law of viscosity and how it applies to certain objects. They observed how Newton’s law of viscosity was not present in our experiment. Students used cornstarch and water to create a substance that looked like a liquid, but acted as a solid.

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11/8/2020 Balloon in a Bottle

This week, students learned about air pressure. By poking a hole in a water bottle, they were able to observe how air pressure can keep a balloon inflated even when it is not tied up! They also were able to inflate the balloon by deflating the bottle.

11/15/2020 Optical Illusions

This week,  the students also learned about how neurons at the back of our eyes transmit information to our brain, and sometimes, this information is incorrect. Additionally, students learned about what optical illusions are, and why we are able to see optical illusions. They were able to put this in action by cutting out two squares of the same size, and drawing one part of a picture on one square, and the other part of the picture on the other square. After that, they put a pencil in between the two squares, and tapes the pencil to both the squares. Then, they spun the pencil as fast as they could and they witnessed both parts of the picture appearing as one.

11/22/2020 Kaleidescope

This week, the students learned about reflection and how the number and angles of mirrors impact how we see these reflections. They also learned about the two important laws of reflection. By creating a triangular kaleidoscope using cardboard and reflective beads, they were able to observe colorful reflections! The scientific principles that the students learned were applied in real life through discussions about reflective materials.

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12/6/2020 Geodesic Dome

This week, students learned how triangles form the strongest structures. Then, using straws and tape, they built structures based off geometric tesselation.