Computer Lab and STEM Updates

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Computer Lab/ STEM Updates


Developing Catholic Stewards, Scholars and Leaders

In grades K-1, we are learning basic computer skills logging into the computer, parts of a computer, keyboard, monitor etc.

In grades 2-5, we are learning how to use pages. We typed 20 words a different font, size and color. Now we are working on timelines and how to use textboxes and shapes.

In Middle School we are doing a variety of projects

8th grade is currently working on an iMovie, 7th created Red Ribbon Week flyers and 6th grade created a map of Central America.

Middle School students must bring a flash drive to class every week

Interested in helping with the 2018-2019 St. Adelaide Yearbook?  Contact Mrs.Taylor for details

The Computer Lab is a resource available to all students, especially those researching and typing essays.  Keynote is also available for students to work on presentations and visual aids.  Students may make arrangements to come in during lunch or after school.


Students will not be allowed to use any web sites or web based programs without a signed internet agreement.

Grades 2nd-8th have a typing speed that need to achieve by the end of the year.

2nd grade-5wpm (words per min)

3rd grade-10 wpm

4th grade- 15 wpm

5th grade- 20wpm

6th grade- 25 wpm

7th grade- 30 wpm

8th grade- 35 wpm

Students practice typing during computer time on Mavis Beacon.

At home students can practice online with Dance Mat Typing

Here is the link for level 1:

Dance Mat Typing- Level 1

Here is a link with all the levels:

Dance Mat Typing

Part of the year long curriculum includes typing speeds, students will be practicing typing in the lab

and are asked to use correct hand placement.

Important Reminder

Honor Roll:  Qualification for Honor Roll is determined by grades in all core subjects, conduct, and Accelerated Reader.

With the use of technology rapidly increasing in education and the workforce,

it is imperative that St. Adelaide students meet the Common Core Standards for Technology.

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Students in grades 5-8 will experience their first science lab in an investigation projecting the long-term effects of continued drought at California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea. Students will study the plan to stop water replenishment after 2017, and the increase of water exportation from the Imperial Valley, which historically delivers 70% of the lake’s inflows. The students will study the expected problems associated with decreasing shoreline and will formulate hypotheses related to the bird habitat at the lake’s shoreline.  The investigation will incorporate web-based research, mathematical calculations and a somewhat simplistic hands-on lab experience. This work will generate a complete scientific method write-up, which will be an excellent way to begin a year filled with STEM learning.



Welcome to our award-winning Science Fair! The fair is in FEBRUARY  2018.
• Each year, St. Adelaide students choose projects that are very interesting to them and that will be fun to investigate. Most important is how we at Saint Adelaide Academy show the wonder of God in the world around us.
• All students are welcome to enter a project in the fair. These students do not have to write the research report that the Middle School students prepare.
• Students in grades K-4 may work with partners on their project. The fair is optional for these grades.
• All fifth grade students participate in the Science Fair. Fifth graders will work alone on a project.

Where are some good Science Fair ideas?
• Mrs. Pettitt and Mrs. Kluge have many idea books that they will share. Students may check these out for overnight use. We will photocopy the project idea the student is interested in if we are asked to do so. The Highland local library has many good project idea books, too.
• The internet has an endless supply of topics. Please have a parent search the net with the student. This way ideas can be shared before planning begins.
• Projects cannot involve any experiments with animals or humans. Anything dangerous is NOT allowed.

What kind of work is necessary for a Science Fair project?
• First, a PROBLEM needs to be found. This problem is what the project is about. Write the problem as a question.
• Next, a prediction has to be made. This is the HYPOTHESIS. This says what the results of the experiment might be. The hypothesis does not have to be proven correct.
• List the MATERIALS that are needed for the experiment.
• Tell what the PROCEDURE is. That is, tell how the experiment will be conducted.
• What were the results of the experiment? What was found out? This is the data. Tell what OBSERVATIONS were made during the experiment. Use words to tell what happened. Take photos too, if possible. Make nice data charts and graphs to show what happened. Computers make nice charts, but so do hands, paper, and colors.
• Next, analyze the data. This is the ANALYSIS. What does the data mean? Say how the data (findings) agree or disagree with the hypothesis. Is more information needed to prove or disprove the hypothesis?
• CONCLUSION – Briefly tell what was learned from the investigation. Tell how we can use this information in our daily lives. Are there any new questions or problems that need to be investigated?

What goes in the display for the Science Fair?
• The information can go on a simple poster paper sheet. Information sheets can also be placed nicely on the table. If a fancy display board is bought, do not write on it. These can be used over and over again if the information is taped to them.  ****  Mrs. Pettitt has many tri-fold boards available for the science fair. ****
• Nicely tell what the title of the experiment is. Be creative!
• Neatly print all the information described above. A separate sheet for each heading (those in CAPS) is a good way to do this. Using a computer is okay, but neat printing is very nice, too.

What else do I bring to the Science Fair?
• A display of the project is a great way to share the experiment. However, these things cannot be brought in: Living or dead plants, liquids, anything edible or that may be dangerous to children of any age.
• The journal and anything that has information about the project that did not fit on the board.

What happens the day of the Science Fair?
• Before the fair, practice telling people about the project. A judge will listen to you tell about the project. Be able to answer questions!
• Have a good time sharing your knowledge with people!


The project will involve one of these three scientific problem-solving methods: observation, experimentation, or statistical study.

What is observation?
Scientific observation involves listing characteristics or properties that may be identified with the senses. It is a gathering of data by actually observing events or behavior. It is made under natural conditions for best results. It usually involves an observer who observes without the subject being aware of the observation.

What is experimentation?
Experimentation is the testing of an idea to determine its validity. It is demonstrating the truthfulness of a known fact. It is the conducting of tests. All experiments must have a control. Controls are necessary to the experiment because they show what would happen in a given situation if the experiment had not been performed. A control is identical to what is being tested – however, the control is never tested.

What is a statistical study?
Once facts have been gathered, the data must be analyzed for accuracy. This means that the data obtained in the experiments must be legitimate and can be obtained many times under the same conditions. Data should be presented in charts and graphs. A statistical study, therefore,
• is counting something,
• is analyzing the information obtained and making a general statement concerning the information, and
• could be a comparison of numerical information.

How do I record what happens in my project?
• If the project involves things that grow, then measure the growth. Taking pictures is a great way to record data.
• Use a journal (like a diary with dates) to write down everything that happens and everything that was learned with the experiment. Real scientists do this!
• Put all the data (what happens during the experiment) in a chart or graph so everyone can see the results of the experiment. Be sure the chart or graph has a title and tells what was measured.

Water retention of different soils
Composition of sands of various areas
Using a computer for mineral identification
How clean is our air?
How acid is our rain?
Speed of clouds using photography
Effect of wave action on different rocks
Use of feathers to clean up oil spills
Terracing and how it affects erosion
The effects of water on different types of wood
Does a magnetic field affect the growth of beans?
Does electricity affect the growth of beans?
Does temperature affect the growth of beans?
How do plants react to different kinds of music?
How do detergents affect the growth of plants?
Do plants grow better with tap water or distilled water? Why?
The effects of root bounding on plant growth
Do roots always grown down?
Do mirrors affect the way plants grow?
Leaf size versus location
Effects of artificial versus natural light on plants
Under which color cellophane do plants grow best?
Testing different potting soils
Which mulch covering works best?
Does the phase of the moon affect the germination of seeds?
Under which thickness of plastic do radishes grow best?
How does the amount of light affect the growth of marigolds?
Do avocados ripen more evenly with the stems left on?
Which banana has the most sugar – green, yellow, or brown?
Compare the moisture content of various apple types
Does aspirin, soda pop, prolong the life of cut flowers?
Which solution will help cut flowers stay fresher longer?
Under what conditions do plant cuttings survive the heat?
How detergents affect the growth of algae in pond water
Study marine growth on various surfaces
How fast does a mealworm or snail travel under which conditions?
Speed of snails (others) on different surfaces
Horsepower of snails (others)
Do earthworms help plants grow?
Can insects pull more than their own body weight?
Ant control – natural versus chemical repellants
Do goldfish grow larger in a larger tank?
Fish feeding – the effects of light
Can mice see colors?
Can mice distinguish shapes?
Hamster activity and the phases of the moon
How well do different liquids conduct electricity?
What materials withstand corrosion by seawater?
What materials are the best insulators of heat?
Measure the efficiency of airspace as an insulator
How does the design of an airfoil affect its flight?
Which metals conduct heat best?
Measuring the calories in a peanut
Does temperature affect the height at which different balls bounce?
How consistent is the temperature of my own refrigerator?
How accurate is the temperature in my own oven?
The effects of temperature on the strength of dry cells
The effect of light on dyed materials
Calculating liquid density using light refraction
Which materials absorb sound?
String telephones – what materials work best in conducting sound?
Conductivity of various liquids
How temperature affects the amount of electricity given off by a solar cell
How increasing the number of batteries affects the speed of a motor
What is the voltage range of the GE-14 (or other) bulb?
The strength of a magnet versus distance
Which fabrics are the most fire-resistant?
The amount of dissolved salt in drinking water
Can saltwater be desalinated by freezing?
Popcorn – a graphical analysis of pops per second under various conditions
Ink evaluation with paper chromatography
Splat – a study of droplet patterns
Chlorine levels in our drinking water
Quality of tap water versus (vs.) bottled water
Comparing the effectiveness and duration of various rechargeable batteries
Testing sugar amounts in soft drinks
Comparison of vitamin A content in frozen, canned, and fresh peas
Testing various orange drinks for vitamin C
How well do various fabrics absorb and retain dye?
How strong is a spider web filament?
How does the tail affect the flight of a kite?
What shutter speed is needed to photograph a moving fan?
What is the velocity of water through different diameter-sized tubes of the same material?
What is the density of various liquids?
Do oil additives reduce friction on engine parts?
Create a frictionless magnetic bearing
How many rotor blades give maximum lift for a helicopter?
Robots and robotics – computer generated
Using electromagnets to power a car
Various computer projects
Testing a car headlamp as a satellite dish antenna
Storing the sun’s energy
Power generated by rising air
Power generated from sea waves
Testing different water turbine blades
Charting the apparent motion of the star Polaris
Testing the effectiveness of various batteries