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Bayside MS Students Become Engineers

Bayside MS Students Become EngineersGrade 7 and 8 Bayside students had an opportunity to test their engineering skills in the elective, “Engineers, Earthquakes, and Society.” Students studied the basic principals of structural engineering and then spent many weeks drafting and revising a design of a bridge that had to fit specific criteria, including dimensions and amount of “lumber” allotted. Students followed a budget and had to calculate within 12 cm how much wood they would use. They were required to “purchase” more if needed. Then, they collaborated with their partners to each build one half of their bridge.

Students had to communicate effectively in order to be sure that the bridge was symmetrical, the measurements accurate, the lumber was cut correctly, and they were not wasting wood. Now that the bridges are complete they will be tested for the capacity hold weight and students will calculate the overall bridge efficiency.

Bayside MS Students Become EngineersThroughout the semester, students also carried out individual research projects where they learned about an earthquake of their choice. The bulk of their research was geared towards answering the following question: “What societal factors influence the destructive power of an earthquake?” Students learned how infrastructure, geography, population density, economy, and warning systems can play a huge role in the damage caused by earthquakes. Students created a digital presentation of their findings which they presented to the class. In addition to focusing on technology and research benchmarks the class was a great opportunity to
practice the Expected Student Learning Results, particularly Collaboration and Global Citizenship.

Bayside MS Students Become EngineersResearch shows that the middle years are when kids become inspired to study engineering. The Engineers & Earthquakes elective was fun, challenging, and for most of the kids it the first time they had attempted a project of this type. They were proud of their work and are looking forward to testing day.

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Shekou International School was established in 1988. It is dedicated to meeting the diverse educational needs of the expatriate community. SIS is an international school with an American- based curriculum. The school is governed by International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey.

We offer a rigorous academic program to meet parents' high expectations. We have state-of-the-art facilities and cater to learners from nursery through high school. A rich mix of academics, athletics, and activities delivered by a world-class faculty ensure maximum learning for students.

The Elementary School and Nursery campuses are located in our Mountainside and Parkside buildings, in the beautiful Jing Shan residential area. Middle and high school classes are housed in our Bayside campus, which is adjacent to the Coastal Rose Garden residential complex.

Our high school offers a rigorous college preparatory program. SIS is an International Baccalaureate World School currently offering the IB diploma program to grade 11 students. The program will begin for grade 12 students in August 2011.

The language of instruction is English for all classes, with the exception of proficiency- leveled Mandarin classes. Additionally, SIS offers the French National Curriculum in grades K-5 in which the language of instruction in academic subjects is French.

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