This is the dawn of a new age at RMS … as of academic year 2019-2020 all RCSD middle school students will be located at the previous Cesar Chavez School at 2450 Ralmar Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA. This is big news for science for several reasons. First, with all middle school students in one location the District can accommodate subject-specific teaching, meaning we have dedicated 6th, 7th and 8th grade science teachers! Second, we can deliver a lab experience to all students of a grade in one day rather than spread over weeks when the classes were dispersed. Finally, three new grade specific science lab rooms will be available (in October 2019) which will make lab experiences easier to run and more like a high school lab experience. We are three weeks into the school year and each grade level has complete at least one lab!
In the second annual Ravenswood STEM Fair, over 600 projects were entered, with 100% participation at most schools, from 5th, 6th 7th and 8th grade students. 12 volunteer judges reviewed the 90 projects teachers chose, selecting the top 5 projects from their classes. Twenty five projects went to the San Mateo CO STEM Fair and one, by a team of 7th graders at Willow Oaks won a first place ribbon! They will participate in the CA State level science fair.
Students in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade entered over 600 projects this year in the 2015 Ravenswood District wide STEM Fair. Of the 25 projects entering the County STEM Fair, one 7th grade project earned a 1st Place and will go to the CA State Science Fair in Los Angeles in May.
Middle school students who earned the Junior Scientist award also earned a field trip to iFly to celebrate their success in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed for success as a science learner. Students from Costano/49er and Willow Oaks, 72 students and their teachers, experienced anti-gravity through the jet propulsion engine that provided the force to send them skyward. We are grateful to Bosch Healthcare for their leadership and support in developing the Bosch Junior Scientist program and to Ravenswood Education Foundation for sponsoring the field trips.