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CAS Students Win 1st and 3rd Place in County Youth & Engineering Science Fair

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Winner Macayla Fetting displays her third place ribbon in front of her project board.

CAS is excited to announce that two CAS students have placed in the county’s annual Youth and Engineering Science Fair (YES Fair) for their science fair projects which were submitted for judging on Monday, March 23rd, 2015.

Ethan Johnson, 7th grade, was awarded first place in the category of  Energy and Engineering for his project “Get Wired” which analyzed alternative sources of electricity.  Macayla Fetting, 7th grade, earned third place in the category of Biological Science for her project “Toothbrush Invaders”  which answered a household dilemma of the best location to minimize bacterial growth.

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Ethan Johnson poses with his first place ribbon in front of his science fair board.

Community students grades 5-12 from Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Douglas, Nogales, and Tombstone are eligible to compete in the county’s annual YES fair. Approximately 500 students attended this year’s YES! Fair as applicants or spectators. Students in grades 5-8 may compete in the categories of Energy and Engineering, Technology, Physical Science, Earth & Space Science, and Biological Science while students in grades 9-12 compete in one division only. Those selected as winners are invited to a celebratory dinner. To learn more about the YES! Fair, please visit its website at:  http://www.yesfair.com/

CAS Douglas Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference March 13, 14

Group photo CAS Douglas school Center for Academic SuccessSeveral students from CAS High School attended the Youth Leadership Conference in Somerton, AZ on March 13 and 14th.  Students from Cocopah, San Luis, and Somerton attended the conference which was themed “The Courage to Speak.”

Students and chaperones from CAS Douglas pose for a group photo at leadership conference.

Students and chaperones from CAS Douglas pose for a group photo at leadership conference.

The theme centered around helping students become encouraged to speak their opinions and to exercise leadership within their schools and local communities.  There was a reception and dinner on the first night.  Main speakers and breakout sessions continued on Saturday with a Comic Festival at the end of the day. The students learned a lot about student leadership and activism and had a great time.

CAS Celebrates STEM Learning with Baseball Connection

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

CAS Students practice fielding and hitting after learning physics of baseball.

The Center for Academic Success was excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on February 27th for its second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event.

Students in Kindergarten through eighth grades rotated through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combined the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study. Some stations included face painting, where students could get a baseball painted on their cheek, trajectory of flight, where students used blocks and rubber bands to send projectiles through the air with the goal of landing on paper plates worth varying amounts of points, and elasticity ball drop, where students predicted which of four different types of ball would bounce the highest based on its elasticity.

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Students launch small balls off wooden platforms cut a differing angles to envision trajectory.

Students also enjoyed testing trajectory of flight by launching rubber baseballs into the air with a large slingshot. This allowed students to field test how “pop-flies” and “line drives” result from a bat hitting a ball at differing angles. Further, they tested their base-running skills and the idea that a curved arch provides a faster route from home base to second than two straight lines would otherwise.

Earlier that week, students and teachers had reviewed the scientific topics of: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. This culminating, hands-on activity provided a three-dimensional physics and mathematics lesson all while having a great time in the Arizona sunshine. The middle school dance team kicked-off the event with its first-ever performance to keep the mood celebratory.

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Face painting lends a fun atmosphere to the baseball-themed event.

The Science of Baseball is a year-long program for which CAS schools has partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks to provide excellence in education coupled with fun, kinetic activities. Students in CAS middle school perform a series of baseball-related physics experiments as part of Friday electives to envision science and math learning in a new environment. For more information about this program, visit its website at: http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/scienceofbaseball.jsp

Arizona Diamondbacks Come to CAS for Science of Baseball Spring Training

CAS, Science of Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks, Center for Academic SuccessCAS Sierra Vista is excited to host the Arizona Diamondbacks street team on Friday, February 27th from 3-5pm for our second-annual Science of Baseball spring training event. k-8 students will rotate through a series of teacher and baseball player led stations which combine the fun of America’s favorite pastime with hands-on physics and bio-mechanical study.  Topics covered will include: trajectory of flight, elasticity, and angular momentum all within the context of baseball in motion. To allow for maximum participation, middle school students will be released at 3:00 with elementary students. While parents are welcome at any time and may join their students in the fun, parents should allow for some extra time during after CARE pick up due to the high volume and traffic for this event. Parents on a very tight timeline are encouraged to pick up their students at 3:00 release or wait until the activity has concluded at 5pm. Students are highly encouraged to wear jeans or shorts and sneakers/athletic shoes for the event. We hope to see you there!