Math Modeling Competition
This weekend, 13 intrepid WIHI students will compete against schools from all over the world in the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Each team of 3 or 4 students will work for 36 straight hours from early Saturday morning to late Sunday evening. They will develop and write up their best possible solution to a complicated, real-life problem. This will involve not just math and analytical skills but also complex reasoning and teamwork. For example, last year's team developed a plan to service the International Space Station (now that the shuttle program has been decommissioned) complete with payload and flight schedules and cost estimates for various options for service flight providers (the Russians? new private companies?). Wish those students luck!
Ford High School Students in Science and Technology Program
Ford Motor Company invites high school physics students to visit their Research and Innovation Lab once a month during the school year. This past Saturday, 18 WIHI students got up bright and early to travel to Dearborn and learn more about diesel engines. We learned about their relative prevalence in passenger cars and trucks in Europe and the US. We handled parts of a turbocharger, watched video of combustion in gas and diesel engines, and examined a diesel engine up close. We saw the insides of the exhaust treatment system, stood under an F-250 truck to see the aftertreatment system in action, and visited the facility and equipment used to test emissions from those trucks. It was an interesting and informative day!
The next HSSTP session is Saturday December 8. It is the "Career Day" session when Ford brings in all different kinds of engineers and scientists to talk to the students about what they do and how they got there. Last year it was interesting and engaging. Ms. Van Ark's favorite was the woman who said her job was, "to drink coffee and surf the internet all day". (She writes computer code that analyzes the language of customer feedback from websites such as Wards and MSN Auto.) Ms. Van Ark strongly encourages any WIHI students who are interested to attend. It's free! See her for more information.
Ms. Horsch's 9th Grade art classes have been working on creating replicas of Ancient Egyptian art.
Using clay, students have represented on a tile an Egyptian scene.
Anthropomorphic ancient Egyptian gods have been brought back to life by exploring the depiction mode, writing system, color, technique and outline used in ancient Egypt Art.
by Malak Elshafei
Adventure Through the Secrets of History
Brown, Dan. Angels & Demons. New York: Atria, 2003. Print.
Author of the bestselling novel, The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown introduces a prequel that is just as thrilling and mysterious as his first novel. In Angels and Demons, Robert Langdon is a Harvard professor who studies religious iconology. One night, Robert receives a mysterious phone call from the director of CERN, an international science company. One of CERN’s top scientists, Leonardo Vetra, has been murdered and branded with the Illuminatus symbol. Robert is then rushed to Switzerland in order to help solve this homicide, which he soon discovers to be a piece of an even larger picture. Not only was Vetra murdered, but Vetra’s nuclear creation, called anti-matter, was stolen as well. Once the “Illuminati” have made it clear that they intend to use this antimatter to destruct their sworn enemy, the church, Langdon and Vetra’s daughter, Vittoria, embark on a journey to not only find the murderer of Vittoaria’s father, but to stop the Illuminati before destroying the Vatican and all of its priceless history.
The fact that this novel catered to science-fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and mystery made it very enjoyable and addicting. It was impossible to get bored of the plot; so much history and science, ranging from art history to scientific history to modern physics, was packed into the story in order for the reader to follow the plot (or at least try to) and attempt to solve the mystery. Brown also did an excellent job of emphasizing on the modern issues of science and religion clashing. The theme that was occurring in his novel was how religion and science depended on each other, and should not be enemies. In addition, Brown did not fail to incorporate some humor and romanticism in order to keep those generic aspects of an entertaining novel. However, Brown seemed to lack detailing when it came to characterizing Robert Langdon. It was difficult to become emotionally attached with Langdon. Despite this novel being very focused on the world’s different views on religion, it was difficult to interpret Langdon’s opinion on religion, making the reader constantly sense that they were missing this critical connection with Langdon. Nevertheless, Brown’s twisted ending made up for any disappointments in the novel.
I would recommend this book to any mature readers out there who enjoy mystery mixed with science fiction, historical fiction, an realistic fiction. I say mature only because this novel does address some issues that I find are very touchy, specifically religion versus science and what you believe. In addition, there is some graphic material in the book, including language, graphic torture and murder scenes, and some disturbing internal thoughts. Other than that,