Tensions were running high on Wednesday night when 14 SDJA teams came together at the gym to compete in the Mousetrap Car Races. The cars were powered by a mouse trap as a motor, and the judges required a report with measurements and scaled drawings to be completed prior to the race.
As the Novice division competitors took their places on the track, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams were still making last minutes changes and repairs. Although there were a few collisions and mishaps, most of the cars ran great races. The kids and the parents definitely appreciated a wide variety of modifications to the basic car kit that was on display. Aside from getting to build, test and race the cars, the students learned the basics of aerodynamics, kinetic energy, momentum, and average speed.
The highest scoring teams in the Novice division were Contagious Intelligence and Electric Molecules, in JV division the top two spots were taken by Electric Atoms and STEM Warriors, while the Varsity division wins belonged to Molecular Masters, and Mad Atoms.
The remaining two challenges of the Mission Innovation Competition are Quick Fire Part II on March 27th, and Deconstruction Challenge taking place on May 15th.
Last summer, we had the amazing opportunity to study at the Legacy Heritage Teachers Institute (LHTI) in Jerusalem. Together, we created a plan to create a “Shukaton” – an authentic Israeli Shuk (market) with middle school and lower school students at SDJA. During our stay in Israel, we planned how to execute the project with […]
It is with great excitement that we announce the start of the World Peace Games! World Peace Games is another curriculum component specific to fifth grade that supports and works alongside our entrepreneurial studies. World Peace Games is a geopolitical game that encourages students to explore world problems including poverty, war, religious tensions, and natural […]
Tensions were running high on Wednesday night when 14 SDJA teams came together at the gym to compete in the Mousetrap Car Races. The cars were powered by a mouse trap as a motor, and the judges required a report with measurements and scaled drawings to be completed prior to the race. As the Novice […]
Students in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade have been selected to have their artwork in the San Diego Museum of Art’s 2019 Young Art Exhibit. Our students’ artwork was selected from hundreds of submissions by a distinguished jury and will be on display at the museum from March 30 – May 12. Students […]
Growing up in Miami, Florida, weather reports have always been an important part of daily routines. It was never a matter of “will it rain,” but “when will it rain and how heavy?” With the invention of smartphones and weather apps, it just couldn’t get any better. I now know when the rain will start […]