From James and Peter, Chewonki Semester School’s Science Team: Currently we are Investigating forest Ecology and in class we are learning to identify and distinguish trees just by looking closely at their twigs and buds. On field trip, we have been expanding our view to look at a patch of woods on the Neck to see how succession is playing out. This involved marking out quadrants and surveying trees and are beginning to learn how trees make a living and acclimate to ensure winter survival. Trees (and wood frogs!) freeze through an intricate and important process.
“Science with Pete and James is a pleasure. The passion and enthusiasm they bring to class is contagious and keeps the class lively. Spending time in the field is always a highlight of my week.” – Sam Bristol, The Hun School of Princeton
“I enjoy science at Chewonki because the class does not exist in a vacuum. Often science classes exist in the classroom and not in the real world. At Chewonki, once a week we go into the field, keeping class firmly grounded in reality. We study science as the whole of natural history, not simply as parts. We see the whole as it is, beautifully complex and interconnected.” Ben “Dillon” Kelly, Casco Bay High School
Math: We are building a trebuchet and a catapult in class to investigate parabolic trajectory. Initially, students constructed small scale models that launched marshmallows. Using video analysis software they tracked the path of the marshmallows to determine their path. We also want to compare the scale model performance with a full scale project that they would soon build. We are now in the final stage of finishing our full scale throwers that will be tested over Parent’s Weekend and evaluated and compared to the small scale models using video analysis. We hope to answer the following questions: How far do the objects travel? How high does object go? How fast are the objects traveling horizontally? vertically? How long is the object in the air? How much force are we applying to the projectile?
“I love math class because Steve takes time to get to know us as more than just students. We do fun and engaging activities to reinforce what we are learning. In class, we built catapults and weighed chickens through their growth from birth to slaughter. Steve’s math class has changed my perspective on math and I’ll never forget it.” Lena Rich, North Yarmouth Academy