RHS Higgins Lake Water Quality students at ACS CERM meeting
Students who participated in the ongoing Higgins Lake Water Quality testing had a chance to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) Central Eastern Regional Meeting. The students where ushered to sit in a room with over a 100 research chemists and had an opportunity to see a PowerPoint presentation by A N. Sreeram, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for DOW. He did a great job of illustrating the interdisciplinary nature of industrial chemistry, showcasing many applications of engineering, physic, robotics, and computer numerical and graphical modeling, besides just chemistry. His major theme was product design from cradle to grave and the aspect of energy thermodynamically expended at all scales during this manufacturing process, while not relinquishing the quality of the product. Even an OSU professor during the question and answer period stated he wished that more students could see this presentation just to showcase to them opportunities possible in the chemical field. It was an eye opening experience for the students.
The students went next to the MSU Extension Campus where they had a choice to participate in a STEM , 3D Printer, or an Undergraduate Green Chemistry workshop. After the workshops, ACS provided a nice lunch. Students then met up with John Blizzard at the convention center afterwards, and took pictures in front of a 3D Printer generated Braille Periodic Table.
What The Physics Is Going On?
Physics students from RHS take a field trip!
Stop One: The NSCL (National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory) and (FRIB) Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. Zach Constan PhD and a PhD candidate took us on a tour of the facility after we were given a lecture on Nuclear Chemistry, Physics and Engineering behind cyclotron technology. 2.5 hrs
Stop Two: CHEM 141 with Dr. Pollock at MSU **The students were in class with 360 other students and were required to take notes as if they were taking the class. Dr. Pollock came over and introduced herself , discussed what skills needed for college based Chemistry, and answered student questions before her lecture. **See pic. 1.5 hrs
Stop 3: Food Science (Dairy Product Chemistry and Abrams Planetarium 1hr
The planetarium director graciously gave the students a 10 minute show on the night sky.
Stop 4. MSU Geophysics with Dr. Kaz Fujita (seismologist) and Dr. Chen (computational scientist, that uses seismic waves to to do surface reflection tomography (like a CAT Scan) of the upper mantle topography), and two senior students (one in geo-education and the other in hydrology). 1.5hrs
The students toured a seismology lab where MSU is working in conjunction with the US government and Asian governments using seismology to monitor underground nuclear explosions. Dr. Chen told the students about her research. They got to talk to undergraduate students about Geology and the university
RHS Physical Geology
RHS Physical Geology class visits Grand Ledge MI to learn about the depositional deposits and rock formations.
The RHS Physical Geology class got the "scoop" on mining the world's largest limestone quarry, the Carmuese Quarry in Roger's City MI. Students also got the opportunity to visit the Steven's Twin Sinks sinkholes located in the vicinity of the quarry.
Students in Physical Geology class visited Robinson Creek in Roscommon to determine the velocity of the stream flow and calculate the rate of discharge. Sediment from the creek was sampled and analyzed in the lab.
Robotics At RHS
Students in Robotics class learn how to program their robots.
SVSU World Language Day: International Test Takers For Foreign Language Competition
Each year, Mrs. Sigulinsky takes Spanish II and III students to the SVSU World Language Day. 500 students from around the state and take part in various language and cultural activities and performances. Students from Roscommon consistently place in the top tier of the language competitions.