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# Scotland High School of Math, Science and Technology

JanuaryJanuary-February 2010 Issue 1

This is the first issue of the Scotland High School of Math, Science and Technology Newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to let parents know what the students at our school are doing in the classroom. project-basedthe MST uses project-based-learning, or PBL, as the main mode of instruction. Each month we will let you know about some of the projects your children are completing.

English 12 Mrs. Karen Cafaro’s English 12 CP class has been studying the Anglo-Saxon period and literature. For their first project of the spring 2010 semester, they read “Beowulf” and researched the “hero.” For their projects, they had to create a hero who had the character traits of a hero as exemplified by Beowulf. The students utilized web tools to create their hero and presented them to their fellow classmates. As part of their project, they wrote an essay in which they described their hero, gave his life story, and explained why they gave their hero certain traits and characteristics. Her AP Literature and Composition classes have also studied “Beowulf.” For their project, they researched the Anglo-Saxon way of life. Topics researched by the students included the foods and culture of the Anglo-Saxons, the warrior lifestyle, the religion and beliefs, and the “Beowulf” poem. The information researched and presented by the students was utilized in their final essay for the project in which they explained how Beowulf reflects the Anglo Saxon culture, beliefs, and society.

Advanced Functions and Modeling In Ms. Susan McKinney’s AFM class last semester (and coming up this semester), her students created school appropriate "casino" style games. She started the project by introducing the idea of probability in class. Then the students calculated probabilities of winning games that already exist (dice games and card type games). Then they branched out and created games of their own. The assignment required the students to calculate the probabilities involved with the games, calculate the anticipated earning of the game for the casino, and make predictions of how the average game player would fare. In an effort to incorporate a variety of disciplines, she also asked the students to make mock ups of advertisement brochures and marketing strategies for their games. They created PowerPoint presentations to “advertise” their game and included their calculations for expected outcomes in the ads.

Tech Math Last semester, Mr. Travis Locklear’s Tech Math class completed the "Can you hear me now?" project. They had to decipher different graphs, charts, and equations to decide what cell phone plan was best for each individual. They had to give reasons and then make their own charts to prove their case.

The whole object of education is...to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works.

- Sherwood Anderson (1876–1941) American novelist and short story writer.