R-HHS Embraces Science

R-HHS Embraces Science Through Science Awareness Week
Posted on 04/24/2017
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R-HHS Embraces Science Through Science Awareness Week

In an effort to raise awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to celebrate Earth Day, Randolph-Henry High School had a Science Spirit Week beginning on April 18th.   The week was filled with science related activities sparking the interest of students and staff.

On Tuesday (Go Paperless and Lights Out Day) students and staff made every effort to reduce our use of lights and paper around the school. Kaylei Jones, school counselor, facilitated a collaborative effort with Hampden-Sydney College to lead a scientific experiment involving the extraction of DNA from wheat plants.  Students gained valuable experience that paralleled with traditional classroom instruction and curriculum.    

On Wednesday (Dress as a Science Career Day and a school wide QR code challenge) students used their cell phones and iPads to participate in a school wide scavenger hunt about Earth Day. Also, chemistry, biology, and earth science classes had the opportunity to learn from demonstrations performed by two Longwood University students under the direction of Dr. Andrew Yeagley. 

Thursday everyone was encouraged to wear green and students signed a school pledge banner showing their support to be environmentally friendly.  On Friday, students were allowed to bring refillable water bottles and asked to bring their recycling in from home to add to our school wide collection.

The science department at R-HHS (Pam Dunnavant, Jan Hirtz, Amanda Spencer and Erin Davis) was overwhelmed by the support shown by students and staff.  Our goal of raising awareness for STEM opportunities and careers while celebrating our Earth was embraced by many through exciting activities and cooperative learning experiences. Showing our Statesmen spirit through science week was a tremendous success.

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