Trebuchet’s and Kitchen Chemistry


Well, I will get right to it. This week we are wrapping up some basic units in motion for 6th grade and The Atom for the 7th and 8th graders. As such, we are now transitioning and looking ahead to this year’s STEM Fair (formerly known as the learning fair). Please read through the grade level notes to find out more!

Some FYIs:

  • Move-A-Thon Pledges are due this week (Tuesday)
  • The Union St. Move-A-Thon will be Thursday! Grade level homerooms will be participating together throughout the day. The schedule varies by grade level. 
  • October 13th and 14th there will be no school. The teachers will be gone to a conference. Enjoy your 4-day weekend!
  • There will be tests in science for the 7th and 8th graders this week! Please talk to them and make sure they are studying (they were notified early last week).
  • Lego Club for the Middle School starts in early october. Information is going home Monday.
  • Concordia HS Math Science Adventure is coming up for 7/8th Graders. See more below!

6th Grade

Iimg_3700 need volunteers! We are going to build trebuchets! As such, this involved glue, cutting, very careful measurement and most importantly adult volunteers. Here is what they are going to look like (see the image to the right or below if you are on a mobile device). Scroll to the bottom to see the video of it flinging a golf ball! Here is what we need:

  • We are asking for a $2-$5 donation to cover the cost of building 5 trebuchets. The total cost of the project is going to exceed $300 so any donation is appreciated. I will be asking students to go home and talk to each of their parents this week!
  • We are going to build these October 11th at 6:00 PM. In the school activity center! I am looking for 6th grade parent volunteers! If you are interested please send me an email at
  • Lastly, if you have a hand miter saw, we could use 4 of them. I have three. Please let me know. I have had two parents donate the use of theirs and I need one more!

Just so that you all know, we are using the trebuchets to explore the ideas of average speed, velocity, potential and kinetic energy. These are all concepts that we cover in the 6th grade science curriculum. Why not explore them in style?! 🙂

Please contact me if you have any questions!

7th and 8th Grade

picture1For the learning fair this year we are going to be exploring kitchen science in the 7th and 8th grade. There are two categories students can select from and they are:

  1. At home kitchen science. This will be a video documentary or poster style project that will happen entirely at home. A short lab report will accompany this option.
  2. At the STEM Fair live science event. This will be a performance style project that will require the students to demonstrate and explain a live science idea live. A short lab report will accompany this option as well.

Students will only need to participate in one of the two options above. Therefore, if you know you won’t be able to make it to the STEM Fair then option 1 is going to be the right choice for your student. If you know you are going to be at the STEM Fair and your student likes getting their hands dirty then option 2 is probably best for your student!

More information about this event will be forthcoming. I have a list of activities for the students to choose from. They may work with one other person but every single student will have to write their own lab reports. This project will count as a test for the quarter.

Lastly, the CLHS Math Science Adventure is coming up soon! This is an opportunity that we offer only to the 7th and 8th grade students at ESM. If you are interested in your son or daughter participating OR they have participated and would like to do it again then please feel free to check out this years events by going to the website at LINK: