New Tech Announcements
DeKalb New Tech World Bio students met with community experts in DeKalb High School’s first ever National History Day Think Tank. Students and community experts worked together in brainstorming possible topic ideas for the students to research and present at the regional National History Day competition to be held February 27th at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. If successful in the regional round, students may have the opportunity to travel to Indianapolis for the State National History Day Competition. The National Competition will be held June 12th through June 16th at The University of Maryland.
DeKalb World Bio students are currently working on a project called The Three E’s: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange mirroring the National History Day theme with the driving question How has the exploration, encounter, and exchange of science and history impacted us today? National History Day is an event that allows students to compete with over 500,000 other students ranging in grades 6-12. DeKalb students enjoyed getting the chance to brainstorm with area community members. Dr. C.J. Hathaway, Dr. James Farlow, Dr. Amy Alexander, Dr. William Sluis, Lisa Conrad, Jenny Kobiela Mondor, Darcy Davidson Armstrong, Chelsea Molin, Galen Eberhart, Julie Page, Megan Moss, Bob Wilder, Ann Green, John Bry, and Cathy Vick shared their passions and wealth of knowledge with DeKalb’s World Bio class generating numerous topic ideas that not only increased their excitement but will also unveil many aspects of DeKalb County’s local history.
DeKalb’s World Bio students will be hosting a DeKalb History Day to be held at DeKalb High School on February 24th to help prepare for the regional competition. All community members that are passionate about history and science are welcome to attend; please contact World Bio teachers Kelsey Pierce or Christina Lapham for more information.
The DeKalb New Tech senior class would like to invite you to Capstone Community Night. This event will provide senior New Tech students the opportunity to propose to potential community partners. The Capstone Project is the final project for a New Tech student, which requires each student to answer the question, “How can I leave this place better than I found it?”
Where: DeKalb High School – New Tech Commons and New Tech Room 106
When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Please park in the faculty parking on the south side of DeKalb High School and enter the building through door three.
This is an open house style event with no formal presentation times.
We hope to see you there!
Starting on November 27 through December 11th, DHS is hosting a Salvation Army Kettle Drive. DHS Student Government would like to request the help of DeKalb Central families to raise money to help those in need in our community.
The kettle drive will take place during school hours for student donations. The kettle will also be available at the November 28th and December 11th home basketball games for parents and community member donations.
Come out to DHS and support your Barons and the Salvation Army!
Students in Food Chem had a dry run for their vinaigrette recipe tasting. A few lucky classes got to visit the room and taste the different recipes. Official presentation and tasting is .
Friday, October 30th, DeKalb New Tech's Consumer Communication class hosted a 5K fundraising event in Downtown Auburn. There were close to 50 participants and numerous donors and volunteers that helped make the event a success!
Students raised $1,000 to split among the following local charities:
Thank you to everyone that helped students learn through giving back to the community!
World Bio students traveled to Brechbill Farms to see how agricultural practices have evolved from primary to extraordinary in DeKalb County. Some feature items included operating and utilizing a drone to survey crops, analyzing soil components, and evaluating the overall cost of cover crops. This experience allowed the students to gain an understanding of today's agriculture from the business, science, and management aspects of cover crops.
DeKalb New Tech students are working on a project called, "Start Primary, Become Extraordinary" and the driving question is "People and places-How do you start primary and become extraordinary?" We have teamed up with Matt Bechdol, GeoSilos President, who has been teaching the students how to use GIS story mapping software and explaining how he uses this software in to help agricultural industries thrive. From the biology perspective, students are investigating how cells start primary and become extraordinary. From the geography perspective, students are researching how urban centers start primary and become extraordinary.
The field trip helped explain both of those principles in the field of agriculture. Sarah Delbecq of Brechbill Farms explained how cover crops are used in agriculture. Derek Thompson, District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service demonstrated the biological science processes of soil and importance of cover crops. A big hit and student favorite was the presentation by Jacob Walker of Walker Farms who demonstrated the use of drone technology for monitoring and managing agricultural systems. This was a very important real world perspective for students as they are revealing in their class projects how agricultural practices have evolved over time to accommodate population growth and urbanization. Matt Bechdol of GeoSilos coordinated the entire field trip and explained how he inputs the information to GIS software to help companies and farmers manage their agricultural practices.
In the afternoon, students visited the Community Foundation of DeKalb County to work with community professionals in an effort to formulate a DeKalb County Youth Interest Tech Atlas. Using GIS story mapping software introduced by Matt Bechdol, the students are compiling a DeKalb County Tech Atlas of items that are of interest to youth. For example, one group is mapping teen friendly hangouts while another group is mapping employers for young people aged 15-18. The community resources on hand to help brainstorm locations was Judy Sorg, Director of Learning Link DeKalb County, Dawn Mason, the DeKalb County GIS Senior Analyst, and Jeremiah Otis,owner of Jeremiah's coffee shop.
The entire field trip was planned and coordinated by Matt Bechdol. Our students would not have had such a rich learning field trip if it wasn't for his generous planning and community contacts. It is the voluntary efforts of people like Matt Bechdol that make DeKalb New Tech a purposeful, authentic, and relevant learning experience.
Chef Janie Ebinger led our FM Chem and FM ICP though a demonstration workshop and tasting session dealing with vinaigrette salad dressings.
She is helping our students to prepare our students for making their own vinaigrette dressings using ingredients from the Olive Twist in Auburn.
The winning recipe will be included in the Olive Twist's holiday recipe book.
DeKalb New Tech upperclassmen, Korinna Lewellyn, Mikel Stull, Celeste Newhard, Garrett Newhard, and Logan DeWitt, held the first Family Time for our new freshmen on Thursday September 3.
A team building activity was done in which each group had to build the highest tower using specific materials.
It was a great time and really showed the importance of working as a team!
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