Ave Crux (In Partnership with Saint Francis High School)

November 2021 - Jan 2022
Opportunity X representatives: Pujita Tangirala, Sudeepthi Ravipati, April Mestas
Sponsoring Teacher: Sean O'Neill

On November 16th, 2021, Opportunity X hosted an in-person workshop at Saint Francis High School in partnership with Ave Crux. We were so glad to finally see the students in-person again! The students had lots of fun with the marble run and gummy drop bridge experiments. Students also had the chance to learn about science fair and summer program opportunities, as well as a Q&A session with our high school volunteers.

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Virtual club activities

Week 1 - Walking Water

Students studied capillary action and intermolecular forces between molecules using water, food coloring, and paper

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Week 2 - Elephant Toothpaste

Students learned about chemical reactions through a fun demonstration: a mixture of yeast, hydrogen peroxide, and soap that produced a small explosion. Students also learned how to write a hypothesis.

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Week 3 - Fingerprint Analysis

Students analyzed patterns in their fingerprints and compared it with their peers. They also learned about how to collect data and the difference between quantitative and qualitative data.

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Week 4 - Hoop Gliders

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.

Week 5 - Membranophone

Students learned about wavelength, amplitude, and frequency by making their own musical instrument out of a glove, straw, water bottle, and rubber bands.