Waves Current Event

Using the "Current Event Search Engine" on the right hand side of this page, find an article about waves- but not the water kind. Try looking for light waves, sound waves, gravitational waves from the big bang, or just search "waves" in general and see if you can find other kinds.

Fill out this sheet once you find the article. If the article does not have an author, skip that question.


How do animals adapt to their environments?

Using an iPad, go to www.explorelearning.com and login using the username and password I gave you in class.Complete the packet.

(if you are at home and cannot get a user name, use name: ThorneS337 password: cat852)


Pinewood Derby at Thorne

Thorne will soon be hosting an all grade level competition in the Pinewood Derby- a downhill model car race! The flyer which was handed out in science class can be found here. Please return the from to your science teacher by March 28th.


iPad tornado sheet

The iPad tornado sheet from class is here.
Here are the links to help you on the iPad tornado sheet:

For questions 7-9: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wfujidef.htm

For questions 10-11. the youtube video

For questions 12-13. http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/tornadoes/

When you finish, try the app "StormStruck". Can you storm proof your house?

The wind map we looked at changes constantly, but it can be found at: http://hint.fm/wind/


Mario Kart Test Questions

I need your help getting the famous Mario Science Kart game ready for this year!

Click here and enter some multiple choice test questions for me from your notebook.

9th grade course selection sheets

9th grade course selection sheets were handed out to students on February 18th and they are due back to the guidance department by February 25th. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Greenberg.


Examples of earthquake projects

The following projects are from last year. I have changed the project slightly and last year they did not have to use the notecards so many students have too much text displayed on their presentation. Your notecards should give you an idea of what to say, your presentation should just show main ideas or small phrases.

Alicia M- the Reporter from California in the year 1906 (video)

Sydney C- the Alaskan Seismologist (prezi)

Anita Z- the Japanese Politican (prezi)

Richie C- The Haitian Engineer (Google Presentation)

Julia M- the Chilean Architect (website)


Seaperch competition

 Middletown is seeking 6-10 Middle School students to compete in the 2014 SeaPerch Challenge at Rowan University on April 26th. Students will work at Bayshore from 3:00-4:30 on Thursdays from February 13th through April 26th.

If you are interesting in joining the team, please fill out the permission slip handed out in Science class and return it to Mr. Mason along with a two paragraph essay by January 31st that answers the following questions:
1.) Why do you want to be a member of the SeaPerch team?
2. What qualities do you believe to be the most important to have as a member of the SeaPerch team?

Earthquake Project

"How do different groups of people work together to do the right thing before, during, and after an Earthquake?"

This is an individual project, however you will be sharing information with two different groups- one will have the same country as you, another will have the same job as you.

The project sheets will be given out in class over the course of the next few days, however the entire packet can be found here.

If you find any good links or sources of information you would like to share, paste them into the comment section below. Include your first name, last initial  the link, and an short explanation of what the link is. If you are the first person to share the link, you will get extra credit.


Car engineering

How does a Car Engine Work? Adapted from wisegeek.com
A car engine uses small, controlled explosions to create the power necessary to move the vehicle. All car engines are designed to use a four stroke cycle- intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. These  are repeated in quick succession to generate power.
To understand how a car engine works, picture a windmill. The arms of the windmill are moved by the force of the wind. As the wind moves the arms, the windmill creates power that can be used to move heavy grinding stones or generate electricity. The car engine works in a very similar way. Instead of wind, a small, controlled explosion forces the piston, or "arms," of the engine to move. When the energy from the explosion is almost worn out, another explosion occurs, forcing the pistons to move again. This recurring cycle generates the power needed.
A piston is a metal cylinder that moves down to start the cycle. During “intake” this motion brings a cylinder full of air and a small amount of gas into the engine.
In the compression cycle, the piston moves up and reduces the space of the air and fuel. The smaller the space, the more powerful the explosion will be. Then, the spark plug releases a spark that explodes the gasoline. The power of the explosion forces the piston down.
Finally, an exhaust valve opens so that the waste gas from the explosion can leave the engine. This gas is moved down through the pressure of the recurring explosions to the muffler where the air is cleaned of pollutants and the exhaust exits the vehicle through the tailpipe.
The speed of the cycle determines the speed of the vehicle. When the driver increases the amount of gas going to the engine, the engine pistons increase their movement. This faster pace results in an increase in the speed of the combustion cycle.
On your blog, write a post that responds to the following (25 points):
1.) Explain in your own words how car engines work today.
2.) How is your K’Nex car similar to a real car?
3.) How can you improve your  K’Nex engine so that is more similar to a real car engine?
4.) Discuss ways to improve either the design of real car engines themselves or  how we can use new fuels in the future to make cars better.
5.) Provide links to any research you looked at for help.