RAHWAY — On Monday, May 16, Rahway Middle School held its semiannual Family Math and Science Night. This is an informal educational program that affords parents and children an opportunity to work and learn together. The theme, Measuring Up!, provided a fun-packed evening for all as families rotated through three different activities that promoted scientific and mathematical thinking.
In the first activity, Microscopic Explorations, students used a microscope to explore the shape of various items such as salt, poppy seeds, onion skin, grits, etc. Based on their observation, the students were asked to estimate the size of certain objects.
In the second activity, Human Growth Trends, students and their families were engaged in measuring various body parts such as arms, body trunk, and around the head. Students graphed the results for boys and girls separately and compared these measurements.
The third activity, An “Apeeling” Problem, afforded the students the opportunity to develop a formula for the surface area of a sphere and enjoy a healthy snack at the same time! Each group of students used an orange and drew several circles the size of the largest cross section. They then used the orange peel (representing the surface area) to discover that the peel would cover the area of 4 circles. Hopefully, they will always remember that Surface Area of Sphere = 4 ? r².
Sixth grader Briana Graham finding the surface area of a sphere with her mother. (Photo courtesy of Rahway Middle School)
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