Saturday, March 14, 2015

Rotational Geometry

In a seventh grade math class, the students explored the geometry of motion. They looked at line symmetry, rotational symmetry, translations, and reflections. The students applied this knowledge to create art with their names. The combination of symmetry and the nature of the motion, created beautiful abstract tiles. Can you read the names embedded in each tile?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

8th Graders win International Year of Crystallography Video Contest!

This morning, our Black Pine Circle work at the Advanced Light Source was featured in the ALS monthly newsletter.  

After a busy year of learning about x-rays, conducting experiments at the ALS, and even visiting the White House, some of the budding scientists from local middle school, Black Pine Circle, have created and submitted videos based on their experiments to the International Year of Crystallography 2014 USA/Canada Video Contest. Their work, showing the experiments they conducted on ALS Beamlines 12.2.2 and 8.3.2, can be seen here:

Voting on winning entries concluded December 31, we will let you know who won in the next issue.

Just a few moments later, the International Year of Crystallography video contest (open to K-12 Students in the USA and Canada) announced their winners!  Black Pine Circle students placed three times!  The Second Place award goes to Black Pine Circle School for Sam and Flynn’s video on their experiment at the ALS and Sam W’s (crystallization experiment) and Jane, Abe and Daniel (video on scanning paper samples at the ALS) all received honorable mentions!

You can visit the contest page view all the videos, or you can watch the ALS-specific videos embedded below!  Congrats to all the 8th graders who participated!

Scanning Paper Samples at the Advanced Light Source
Jane, Daniel, Abe

Our Crystallography Experiment at the Advanced Light Source
Sam & Flynn