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Sixth Graders Explore the Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain

MILTON sixth graders have been diving deep in science class into a unit on human body anatomy and physiology. To enhance their learning, the students took part in Brain Awareness Week events at the National Museum of Health and Medicine. The visit was a great opportunity to explore the exciting world of neuroscience, and explore the anatomy and physiology of the human brain. The students met and learned from brain scientists, researchers, and staff from …

Four MILTON Sixth Graders Win Awards at DC STEM Fair

Four MILTON sixth graders were awarded top prizes in the Junior Division (Grades 6 to 8) at this year’s DC STEM Fair! The DC STEM Fair is the premier science event for students in Grades 6 to 12 who attend independent and public schools in the nation’s capital. Sixth graders Shoshana L. and Reut S. won first place for their projects in the categories of Physical Energy and Biomedical & Health Sciences, respectively. Sixth graders Gabriella …

Students Showcase Inventions, Inquiry Projects, and Prototypes at MILTON STEM Nights

MILTON students have been deeply engaged in hands-on STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). At two recent STEM Nights, students in Grades 2-6 showcased their inventions, experiments, and prototypes – along with their research and reflections. Sixth graders conducted their Independent Inquiry Projects, culminating in their presentation of their research, hypothesis, experiment methodology, observations, and general theories at STEM Night. The students began their Inquiry Projects with a unit on the Scientific Method. Each …

Second Grade Space Exploration

To begin our study of space, second grade visited the Air and Space Museum to watch the IMAX film, Journey to Space. Students learned about the past, present and future of space exploration from the space shuttle program onwards. They were excited to learn about NASA’s upcoming mission to Mars and began wondering what humans may explore next in space. Upon our return, second grade took a “deep dive” into learning about our solar system. …

In the News: Kol HaBirah Newspaper covers Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math at MILTON

Kol HaBirah newspaper recently published two features on STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) at MILTON, including recent professional development that our General Studies teachers participated in on the topic of “Making Math Real.” Read the articles online here: “Full STEAM Ahead at MILTON” and “MILTON Teachers Guiding Students Toward Expert Thinking in Math.”

November 27, 2017 |By |Author Type: Press |Topics: Math, Science|Tags: In the News, STEAM, STEM|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayetzei

In this parasha, Yaakov flees to his uncle Lavan’s household and lives there for several years, marrying Lavan’s daughters, Leah and Rachel, and establishing a large family. One of the challenges of living in the modern era is grappling with ethical questions and challenges generated by new technologies. One area of particular concern is medical ethics. Where can we, as Jews, find guidance on such things as genetic engineering, which includes cloning, stem cell research, …

November 20, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning, STEM|

The Power of Questions: Students Work with Podcast Producer and Delve into Jewish Sources in the Scholars Forum

In MILTON’s Scholars Forum, guest speakers in various fields share real-world knowledge with the students – and then faculty and students connect the learning to our ancient texts. Just as the sixth graders learned about various aspects of documentary filmmaking, they have also been studying Jewish sources at each stage of the project. Nahanni Rous, a MILTON parent and a podcaster, led a lesson on the art of the interview. The conversation included tips for …

MILTON Teacher Wins Jane Goodall “Roots & Shoots” Mini-Grant

Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Davis recently won a mini-grant from Jane Goodall’s youth organization, Roots & Shoots. The grant money will go toward materials to build a migratory butterfly garden at the South Campus. The students will learn about the native butterflies of Rock Creek, including the endangered monarch butterfly, then design, construct, and plant a garden to feed monarchs and other local butterflies. Roots & Shoots provides mini-grants to educators around the U.S. to help …

November 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Environmental Education, Project Based Learning, STEM|

Making Math Real

This fall, all MILTON General Studies faculty members participated in professional development on experiential math education. The intensive 6-hours of learning were led by Jeff Heyck-Williams, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Two Rivers Public Charter School. The math instruction training focused on having students explore complex mathematical concepts and identify multiple methods for solving problems through problem-based tasks. Guiding Students toward Expert Thinking in Math Our teachers are already applying knowledge from this training …

October 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Education, Math|Tags: Adult Learning, STEM, Thinking Routines|

Inquiry and Curiosity: Three JPDS-NC Sixth Graders Participate in DC STEM Fair

Have you ever wondered whether acidic fruit conducts electricity better than less acidic fruit? Or whether the pesticides we use on plants actually impact the growth of those plants? What about considering the effect of temperature on a polymer used for watering plants? Or how the food a chicken eats impacts the color of the yolks of their eggs? All our Sixth Grade students went on a journey of scientific discovery for their Inquiry Projects, …

March 9, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Science|Tags: Project Based Learning, STEM, Washington D.C.|