On November 3rd, during community time, the science department will again be hosting the time honored tradition of “The Pumpkin Catch.” This is a take on the popular “Egg Drop Challenge” that many physics students across the country experience, but it is tailored for the season and our Upper School students. Rather than building a landing-contraption that saves an egg from breaking when dropped, this challenge takes it to the next level by challenging students to build an apparatus that will catch a much heavier pumpkin, and save it from smashing into pieces.
This tradition began with only physics students since it directly deals with the concepts of gravity, free fall, momentum conservation and collisions. But it has been opened up to the entire student population due to popularity and demand. Students take away key concepts that are used in airbag technology and other collision safety systems in our automobiles. The Pumpkin Catch gives students an open-ended design project where they can creatively develop solutions in small groups. It is wildly entertaining as well. Students are always excited to see if their ideas and projects result in a safe landing or a pumpkin smashing into hundreds of pieces.
A few weeks ago I saw the San Diego Symphony perform the music from ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in full concert. It was exhilarating. The actor playing Tevye spoke to the audience before the performance about the universal appeal of this particular musical. Fiddler, he said, has had more performances than any other play in […]
One of the advantages of working in a school with preschoolers through high schoolers is that we have unique opportunities for children of all ages to work together. One example of this is our Classroom Buddies program wherein GMLS students serve as big buddies to our littlest lions, the SDJA preschoolers. This year, students in […]
Our GMLS teachers are committed to considering every element in the classrooms that affect a students learning environment, from the stories that we read, to how instruction is personalized, and even to how the classroom desks are arranged. At the heart of it all, however, the greatest impact we have upon students is through the […]
The fall is a thoughtful season. The dawning of the month of Elul asks us to begin the process of introspection, which reaches a zenith when we enter into the yamim noraim, the Days of Awe, of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and the days in between. After our days off from school for these chagim, […]
SDJA VOLLEYBALL DIG PINK MATCH Oct. 4th, 2017 in the SDJA Gym Game Time: 5pm Please join us as your Lions volleyball team takes on league opponent Foothills Christian. The volleyball team will be passing around a donation jar in honor of breast cancer awareness month. All proceeds raised at the game will be donated […]
On November 3rd, during community time, the science department will again be hosting the time honored tradition of “The Pumpkin Catch.” This is a take on the popular “Egg Drop Challenge” that many physics students across the country experience, but it is tailored for the season and our Upper School students. Rather than building a […]
We are so proud that our very own Jessie Gan, current 9th grader, has been selected as a top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students! Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science […]
Shabbat San Diego Jewish Federation of San Diego Special Event with Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Join the San Diego pro-Israel community at the 6th annual StandWithUs Festival of Lights ‘I ❤️ Israel’ Gala on Saturday, 12/2, at the Marriott Marquis. Evening […]