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Second Annual Science Olympiad Combines Fun and Learning!

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 by Admin

Cornerstone’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Team appreciated the great turnout of parents and students at the second annual Science Olympiad Fun Night on Friday, February 24, 2017. The STEM team, led by high school science teacher Mrs. Hannah Mott, coordinated another fun filled night of learning for Kindergarten through eighth grade students and their families. The attendees enjoyed exploring a variety of activities including taking a part a computer, building bridges, separating the components of black ink, and more!

 

 

The STEM team is thankful for all of the support provided by Cornerstone students and families during this event!

Cornerstone teachers enjoy watching Kindergarten through eighth grade students grow in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math while exploring the creativity of the scientific laws that God put into place. Cornerstone continues to work on including STEM enhancements throughout our school’s curriculum, and to increase the array of learning opportunities in these subject areas.  The goal is to give students the following skills: adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems thinking.

Please check out more STEM information on our website under “Academics” then “STEM,” or by clicking here.

Cornerstone Wins 1st Place at WYSE Academic Challenge

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Admin

Congratulations to Cornerstone’s high school WYSE (Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team for winning 1st place in their division at the 2017 regional academic challenge competition which took place at Kishwaukee College on February 7, 2017. Twelve students of the team of sixteen earned individual awards, and junior Noah Whitfield placed first overall in the category of Engineering Graphics. Cornerstone’s team will advance to the WYSE Sectional competition that will take place at Northern Illinois University on March 2, 2017.

Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering is an international program headquartered at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  WYSE offers the annual Academic Challenge competition, a summer camp, and other programs.  The goal of WYSE is to attract a greater number of talented and diverse students to careers in engineering and the sciences.

The Academic Challenge is a competitive series of tests created and administered by WYSE and offered to high school students in Illinois and Missouri. The tests are now administered by more than fifty community colleges and universities and are designed to present a challenge to the brightest high school students.

Test material is drawn from senior high school and freshman level college curricula. Written by teams of college and university faculty, subjects include biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering graphics, English, mathematics, and physics. Each test production team produces three tests of increasing levels of difficulty for regional, sectional, and state finals. Students compete as individuals and as part of a team, and they have forty minutes to complete multiple-choice tests that range in length from thirty questions (Computer Science) to one hundred questions (English).

For more information about WYSE, please visit: https://wyse.engineering.illinois.edu/

 

Cornerstone High School Computer Programming Class Prepares Students for Marketplace

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by Admin

Cornerstone teachers seek to prepare our students for the marketplace after they graduate from our high school. Mr. Eric Kampmeier, Cornerstone’s IT Director and computer teacher, gave the students in our high school Computer Programming elective course the opportunity to see how the “Internet of Things*” revolution is being enabled by many new small and low-cost computing devices.

 

 

In this class, students first learn the basics of programming, and also learn to write programs using the C programming language. The C programming language is a general purpose computer programming language.

The students then form project teams and choose a project work on. This semester two teams worked on an industrial control simulator, using an Arduino Uno micro-controller. The Arduino Uno is one example of many new small and low-cost computing devices that are enabling the “Internet of Things” revolution. These teams were guided by Mr. Kampmeier on how to create a simple circuit on a breadboard, and they then programmed the Arduino to control the circuit. A third team worked on programming a bowling simulation game using a Windows desktop computer.

Mr. Kampmeier says, “The ‘Internet of Things’ revolution is growing and driving lots of jobs, as the price of little micro-computers plummets, the need for programmers grows.”

Computer Programming at Cornerstone is part of Cornerstone’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) emphasis, with a focus on computational thinking.

*From Wikipedia: “Internet of Things” is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The “Internet of Things” allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure. “Things,” in the IoT sense, can refer to a wide variety of devices such as heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, electric clams in coastal waters, automobiles with built-in sensors, DNA analysis devices for environmental/food/pathogen monitoring, or field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue operations Current market examples include smart thermostat systems and washer/dryers that use Wi-Fi for remote monitoring. Experts estimate that the “Internet of Things” will consist of almost 50 billion objects by the year 2020.

Science Olympiad at Cornerstone a Great Success!

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by Admin

On the evening of Friday, February 26th, 2015, Cornerstone hosted our first ever Science Olympiad and it was a great success! Students and their families had a blast learning through barge building, building marshmallow towers, looking through microscopes, racing tin cans, building paper airplanes, launching gummy bears, creating balloon zip-lines, bridge building, and more!

 

 

The students who won each event were honored with ribbons at our all school 40th birthday party assembly on Monday, February 29th.  The purpose of this event was to promote STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics activities at Cornerstone.  Cornerstone is working to include STEM enhancements throughout our school’s curriculum, and to increase the array of learning opportunities in these subject areas.  The goal is to give students the following skills: adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, and systems thinking.

Please check out more STEM information on our website under “Academics” then “STEM,” or by clicking here.

Thank you to Mrs. Hannah Mott and her team of teachers who worked so hard to make this STEM event a challenging and fun experience for our K-12 Cornerstone families!  Please check out the full album of pictures on our Facebook page or by clicking here.  
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