6-8 Science
Instructor: Mrs. Cansler   
Almighty and Everlasting God,
You made the universe with all its marvelous order,
its atoms, worlds, and galaxies,
and the infinite complexity of living creatures:
Grant that, as we probe the mysteries of your creation,
we may come to know You more truly,
and more surely fulfill our role in your eternal purpose. AMEN
Book of Common Prayer, 1979
Dec. 4-8
Monday - Each class will complete data table and graph in class using Surface Pros.

​6th grade - Chapter 5 Motion, Forces, and Simple Machines

SWBAT describe how forces affect motion. Calculate acceleration using Newton's second law of motion.
Vocabulary: force, Newton's laws of motion, friction, inertia

Homework p. 143 (1-5) due Thursday, Dec. 7.

7th Grade Chapter 23 Newton's Laws of Motion

SWBAT analyze motion using Newton's three laws.

Vocabulary: second law of motion, gravitational force, friction, third law of motion, contact force

Homework p. 705 (1-6) due Thursday
8th Grade Chapter 19 Force and Newton's Laws

SWBAT distinguish between balanced and net forces. Explain how friction affects motion

Vocabulary: force, net force, balanced forces, unbalanced forces, Newton's first law of motion, friction
Chapter 17 vocabulary quiz Monday (rescheduled due to Holy Family basketball game)
Homework p. 555 (1-6) due Wednesday
Angel Tree Gifts
Thank you to those who have sent in gifts! We are asking for the following items ...
12 year old girl: purse, nail polish, clothing size 1X adult (already have shoes and art kit)
11 year old boy: cars, Bible, basketball, clothing size 14, shoes size 7 (already have winter coat)
Science Fair Board Requirements:
Boards are due Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by 7:30 AM in the gym. No late boards!

Board must be neat and colorful. NO HANDWRITTEN BOARDS! Everything on the board must be typed. Please label each section neatly: Research question, purpose, hypothesis, materials, procedures, variables, data, conclusion. Include photographs of the project. The title should be easy to read from a distance.

Do NOT bring any additional materials that accompany your board on Tuesday, Jan. 9. If you have a printout of a research plan, or any other materials to display, bring those on Thursday, January 11 for the judges. All projects involving human participants must have completed forms for every participant. Displays may not include any liquids, glass, or living things. Include plenty of photographs on the board to help explain the experiment.

Everyone has been working very hard on their projects and I know you will do well! If you have questions, please ask.
November 27-December 1, 2017
6th grade - Chapter 5 Motion, Forces, and Simple Machines

SWBAT calculate distance, speed and acceleration
Vocabulary: average speed, instantaneous speed, velocity, acceleration

Homework p. 135 (1-6) due Thursday.

7th Grade Chapter 23 Newton's Laws of Motion

SWBAT describe Newton's First law of motion

Vocabulary: force, first law of motion, balanced forces, unbalanced forces

Homework p. 693 (1-6) due Wednesday
8th Grade Chapter 17 Chemical Reactions

SWBAT identify how chemical reactions can be sped up or slowed down.

Vocabulary: activation energy, rate of reaction, concentration, inhibitor, catalyst, enzyme

Homework p. 508 (1-5) due Wednesday
Robotics Club
The Sacred Heart School Robotics Club meets on Fridays in the Science lab. We have student members composed of students in fifth through eighth grades.

This year, we competed in the "Crossfire" competition of MS BEST Robotics, sponsored by Mississippi State University. The competition was held at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS on October 1, 2017. Our team placed 14th out of 23 teams throughout Mississippi.
The students worked harder than ever on our robot, research, engineering notebook, programming, marketing presentation, t-shirt design, brochure, and booth design.

Our team competed in the Sea Perch Underwater Robotics competition. The Sea Perch is a simple remotely operated vehicle made from PVC pipe, motors and floats. The vehicle was used in a challenge.
Students created different design ideas, evaluate the designs with a partner, and explain the benefit of the final design.
Students learned how to drill, solder, and cut PVC pipe. Students practiced maneuvering the robot through obstacles in the water.

We also competed in the "Bet the Farm" competition of MS BEST Robotics, sponsored by Mississippi State University. The competition was held at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, MS on October 1, 2016. Our robot design was the "Crop Picker", and our team was number 79. Our team placed 12th out of 22 teams throughout Mississippi.
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Science Fair Project Ideas

Sacred Heart School

Possible Topics for Science Fair


Third-Fourth Grade

Behavior and Social Sciences

Can you do two things at the same time? (Test your coordination)

Apparent Motion and Animation

The Bouba-Kiki Effect

Can Attractive Packaging Lead to Healthier Eating?


Which snacks contain the most fat?

Which fruits or vegetables contain starch?

Which drinks contain the most sugar?

Inorganic Chemistry

How does rust form?

Organic Chemistry

How does a penny change when it is left in a container of soda?

How does the shape and structure of the fibers in a fabric affect its absorbency?

Does vinegar kill germs?

Earth and Environmental Science

How does a barometer measure air pressure?

Does a bath take less water than a shower?

How is the temperature on the top of soil different than below the soil?

Does salt water hold heat longer than freshwater does?

How does chemical weathering affect minerals?

How can soil erosion be reduced?

How do oil spills affect marine life?

Which brand of furnace filter strains air particles the best?

How do gases and pollution affect the earth's atmospheric pressure?

Animal Science

What things attract ladybugs?

How does a roly-poly bug behave?

Medicine and Health

How do oils waterproof your skin?

How are all fingerprints different?

How does smoking affect breathing rate?

How can complex carbohydrates be broken down into simple carbohydrates?

How does serving size affect the amount of nutrition a person receives?


Germs, where are they found?

How much bacteria is in your toothbrush?

Physics and Astronomy

How does a magnetic force act through different materials?

How does the length of a pendulum affect the time it takes to swing?

How does a car’s mass affect its speed down a slope?

How do communication satellites send messages to Earth?

How does electrical energy flow through wires?

How does electric current affect a compass?

How does temperature affect the volume of air inside a balloon?

Can magnetism make a frog float in mid-air?


Which plastic wrap is the strongest?

Are small eggs or large eggs stronger?

Why are fuses or circuit breakers important?

Make a model of an eyeball - How does an eye reflect light?

How does a balloon hovercraft work?

Make a kite that will stay aloft for at least 3 minutes with or without weight

Computer Science and Math

Does playing with legos every day improve math scores?

Amount of raisins per ounce in a box of cereal

How accurate are people at measuring small, medium or large objects?

Robotics and Intelligent Design

Build a dancing robot

Solar powered robot


How do plant roots affect water retention?

Does freezing seeds affect plant growth?

Why do trees have different types of bark?

How can transpiration be observed?

Fifth-Sixth Grade

Behavior and Social Sciences

If your brain is so clever, why is it so easy to fool?

Memory Mnemonics

Do people use different passwords for different accounts?


Is it possible to test acid in food without tasting it?

Inorganic Chemistry

Which cleaning products clean the best?

Organic Chemistry

Effects of heat on rubber bands

Earth and Environmental Science

Which type of water sprinkler works best?

How much trash does a family produce?

Can cloud formations today predict tomorrow’s weather?

What is the effect of chlorinated water on grass?

How does human activity affect the quality of water in a river?

Animal Science

How does temperature affect the chirping rate of crickets?

Does cricket behavior change in an overcrowded environment?

Medicine and Health

How do you explain different shaped footprints?

Test your sense of balance

Create a model of the different parts of your skin

Why is it important to check a medicine’s expiration date?


The effect of acids and alkalis on bacteria growth

Bacteria on wood or plastic chopping boards

How do food preservatives affect the growth of microorganisms

Physics and Astronomy

What happens to a pin when placed in a bowl of water?

How does temperature affect viscosity?

How does cornstarch affect viscosity?

Which materials absorb the most sound?

How can you see sound waves?

How can you sink a cork?

Are you stronger than air?

What common materials trap heat the best?


How effective is a solar cooker design?

Can you support a book with two sheets of paper?

How does an electroscope detect static charge?

What materials conduct electric current?

Create a hammock to hold the most weight

Build the tallest skyscraper that will hold the most weight

Make a hoist that will carry the heaviest load 6 inches from the ground

How does the bow of a ship influence water resistance?

How does packaging affect the carbonation of soft drinks?

Computer Science and Math

What is the effect of gender on mathematical ability

Design a computer game of tic-tac-toe

How do sample sizes determine accuracy?

How does changing an object’s dimensions affect its volume? (Play Doh Math)

Determine if flipping a coin is truly random.

Robotics and Intelligent Design

Build an underwater robot

Compare solar vs. battery power for a robot


How does acid rain affect plant growth?

Will a plant grow faster in a windy or windless area?

Seventh-Eighth Grade

Behavior and Social Sciences

Can small children mistake medicine for candy?

Does a cell phone conversation affect reaction time?

How much personal space is needed?


How does milk affect the acid level of coffee?

How does heat affect the vitamin C content of juice?

How much water do foods contain?

Effectiveness of enzymes in removing grease

Effectiveness of sugar as a preservative for flowers

Create Your Own Hybrid Rocket Engine

Inorganic Chemistry

Does acidity influence the solubility of salt in water?

How do household chemicals affect humans and the environment?

Which flame retardant material is most effective?

Organic Chemistry

How does the rate of cell activity in yeast vary in relation to the amount of sugar present?

Which antacid is most potent?

Which whitening toothpaste whitens the fastest?

Earth and Environmental Science

Does pollution in a lake get worse as it gets deeper?

What is the relationship between the temperature inside a parked car on a sunny day and how far the windows of the car are rolled down?

How is new soil made? (composting)

Animal Science

What is the effect of one large food supply versus several smaller food supplies on bird interactions and the types of birds visiting a feeding station?

How does adding dried yeast to the food supply affect the maximum population size of fruit flies?

Medicine and Health

How do heart rate and respiration rate vary with the weight of a person?

What is the best method of getting rid of dust mites?


How does yeast fungus grow?

How does temperature affect the growth of fungus?

Which acne medication can really zap that zit?

Physics and Astronomy

How is the length of a rod affected by changes in temperature?

How does the voltage of a battery change as the battery loses its charge?

How do the densities of water and saltwater change with increasing temperature?

How does the phase of the moon affect birth in my local hospital?

How can you simulate an eclipse?


Build a sturdy bridge with a two foot span that can be transported from one spot to another

Make a wind powered windmill

Create a boat that can stay afloat for at least one minute while carrying the heaviest load

Build a barrel to hold and safely transport the most weight for a distance of 20 feet

Build a wheelbarrow to carry the most golf balls a distance of 10 feet

Computer Science and Math

Can visualizing data lead to the right or wrong conclusion?

Predicting earthquakes based on past statistics

Make the closest estimate of area and circumference of a circle of team members sitting cross-legged

How does an infectious disease spread?

Robotics and Intelligent Design

Design a robotic hand

Robots that push or pull other things

Build a helicopter robot that will hover in the air for the longest duration


Do tea leaves enhance plant growth?

The effect of gasoline fumes on plants

How do increased carbon dioxide levels affect plant growth?


Super Science Fair Projects by Peter Rillero

Real Science by William Kyle, Joseph Rubinstein and Carolyn Vega

88 ½ Science Experiments by Nick Arnold

Hands-On Engineering by Beth Andrews





Robotics Club
Robotics Club is preparing to participate in the SeaPerch underwater robotics program, beginning February 2017.
Meeting will be held Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23. Competition is March 25.

The following excerpts are taken from the Sea Perch website: www.seaperch.org

The U.S. Needs Trained Engineers

The world is changing. Innovations transform our nation, creating whole new industries and occupations. Every job of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Science and technology careers exist in a culture of inspiration, discovery, and innovation. Advances in technology will have a meaningful impact on the lives of every American.

The U.S. has fallen from 3rd to 17th in the world in the number of college graduates in engineering programs. In the U.S., only 5% of science degrees are awarded in engineering, as compared with 50% in China. It is estimated that 400,000 engineers will be needed in the near future. If it is not addressed, the expected shortage of skilled workers could decrease the nation's global competitiveness and result in a lack of expertise in mission-critical areas.

An underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) must be able to maneuver successfully under its own power. If a vehicle cannot maneuver to the appropriate location to perform its task, the vehicle is of no use. Consideration of optimal maneuverability as well as control and speed should be given when constructing your SeaPerch (thruster placement and orientation, tether attachment, buoyancy and ballast, etc) and control box.

The submerged obstacle course involves large rings (18" minimum diameter), oriented in any direction, through which the vehicles must travel. Teams must navigate their ROV through the obstacle course, surface, then re-submerge and return through the course to the end.

Scores for this round will be based on the fastest time for successfully navigating the obstacle course.

An important part of our school community is our Protection of Children training. We have this training for both students and parents. Once parents have been through the initial training that Mrs. Martin and Ms. Jones conduct in August, there is ongoing training called VIRTUS. VIRTUS is a monthly program of online newsletters on important topics to help you keep your children safe. This newsletter will come the first full week of every month. The Diocese of Jackson and Bishop Kopazc are very committed to the VIRTUS program. It is important that we empower our students with the knowledge they need to be safe. As parents, it is our responsibility to watch, act, and teach our children about means of possible abuse.

Each month, you will need to read the news article. It is our experience that topics have been relevant to current topics of concern for us. If you fall behind in reading, you will not be allowed to participate in activities that include our children, such as field trips, class parties, coaching and sponsoring activities and sports.

If you have questions about access to your account, please let us know. We will be glad to help you. If you know your login, you may visit the VIRTUS website at any time to log in to your account. The site is: www.virtus.org

You should read your article the week it is received. Mrs. Martin will post in principal updates when the article comes out and when you should have it read.
Science Fair General Guidelines

Source: University of Mississippi website:

Remember the Scientific Method

  • Ask a question.
  • Gather information on the topic.
  • Form a hypothesis.
  • Test the hypothesis, and sometimes retest.
  • Record the data.
  • Analyze the data.
  • Draw a conclusion based on the data.
  • Communicate the results.

The best projects are the ones that follow the scientific method and students can articulate their findings and explain the details of the project as well. It is sometimes common for students to find their project ideas on the Internet and follow the directions exactly, but they have very little idea of how to explain the project and its importance.

If you need project ideas, Education.com has several ideas that can be searched by grade level and category at
3rd - 6th: http://www.education.com/science-fair/elementary-school/
7th - 8th: http://www.education.com/science-fair/high-school/
Also look at www.sciencebuddies.com

Please remember – originality is key to any good project. Judges can tell when a student has copied another’s idea or if the project has been overdone. There is nothing wrong with advancing or building on a project that has already been done.


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