Attention eCybermission Teams

I just received the following info and updates from eCybermission.  Please take a moment to review this info if you are working on the eCybermission project — there’s a TON of resources to help you stay on track!

“Welcome back! There are just under seven weeks left until the Wednesday February 22nd deadline for submitting Mission Folders. Your teams must submit their Mission Folders no later than 11:59pm ET that night! In this newsletter, we cover suggested timelines and provide resources to keep your teams on track.


By now your team should have:

  • Identified the method they are using (scientific inquiry or engineering design). This must be selected by the Team Advisor on their login page before the team can access their Mission Folder.
  • Identified the Mission Challenge they are addressing (go to to see the complete list). This must be selected by the Team advisor on their login page before the team can access their Mission Folder.
  • Identified the specific problem they are attempting to solve
  • Begun researching the problem they are attempting to solve

If your team is having difficulty with any of the above, you can help by guiding them through some of the Mission Folder Resource sheets found at the bottom of the Team Resources page of the website. Specifically, take a look at:


The next step for your team will depend on if they have chosen scientific inquiry or engineering design.

For scientific inquiry:

For engineering design:

If your team is well ahead of these steps, congratulations! Keep up the good work. And if you’d like to see a suggested timeline, you can find it here:

Scientific Inquiry –

Engineering Design –


New this year! The competition rules state that IRB & Survey Approval forms must be uploaded BEFORE testing begins. Please help your teams with this vital first step.


Two great opportunities to get your eCYBERMISSION questions answered – live!

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 – 6pm – CyberGuide Chat: A chance for your students to speak directly with CyberGuides and ask them questions about their Mission Folders. This week’s topic will be “The ABC’s of Mission Folders: Attachments, Building Charts, and Communicating Your Work.”
  • Next TA Live Chat: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 4pm ET. Join us on Blackboard Collaborate by clicking here! When you log in, please identify yourself using your first initial and last name. If you can’t make it on 1/12, join us on 2/2 at 5pm ET or 2/9 at 6pm ET!

If your students can’t make the live CyberGuide Chat, encourage them to use the Team Talk function available on their home pages to ask questions.

Winter Break PENDA

The PENDA assignment that is due on 12/26 is due at 7AM on 12/26. If another set of Penda is assigned by the district then it will be considered due on 01/09/2017 at 7 AM (even if a due date of 01/02/2017 is registered). Students were given time in class this week to work on this assignment.

It’s not a bad idea to review some Penda, but remember some of you have science projects that still need to be completed.

Happy Winter Break!

Outstanding assignment update

Remember these assignments should all be finished and submitted by Tuesday/Wednesday of next week.

  • Magnetism Gizmo,
  • Graph for Chloe’s data for a heating curve and Analysis Questions
  • Phases of Water Gizmo
  • Solubility and Temperature Gizmo

Also – students will be expected to present their App Challenge projects & Independent Projects on Monday/Tuesday of next week.


Attention Toshiba ExploraVision Teams

Below is a copy of a message we received from Exploravision aka Toshiba. Read it and see how it can help you.

Each project group that has chosen me as a sponsor must begin the registration process. I have to log on and then you can fill out your information, so it has to either be completed in class or after school. See me to schedule an appointment.

NEW: 1-on-1 Coaching for ExploraVision Teams

Dear Teachers,

Don’t let simple errors disqualify the young, STEM-azing minds in your classroom or science club! We are introducing one virtual coaching opportunity to all Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision teams before the final submission deadline on February 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.

Need help and have questions?

Call us during January 4-18 and we will share advice and review your project!

  • To get started, simply submit your project before January 18 and
  • Call 1-800-EXPLOR9 (Monday through Friday between 8 AM – 6 PM EST) with a list of questions and receive constructive feedback from the experts on the NSTA ExploraVision team. This could also include helpful hints and ways to enhance teams’ projects for more advanced students.

Login now to start or continue your ExploraVision entry!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Email with any additional questions.

Science project Abstract

Update for ABSTRACT for individual projects:

You will find the ABSTRACT form at under the Rules and Forms tab. The directions for Abstracts are there also. Please complete the form and print it out. Submit 2 copies in class. MAKE SURE YOU SAVE the information for the abstract as a WORD doc if you can’t save it as the entire abstract.

Science Project Update

I added an assignment that is for an upload of your science project in the grade book. You should be able to just click on the upload and add your file.  Everyone should read the following.

  • Each student who completed the App Challenge should upload the essays and a link to their video. This means that every member of the group must have an upload.
  • Students who have completed their individual project should upload the power point for their projects.
  • Other projects do not need to be uploaded at this time, but as a courtesy will you please upload a word doc that includes the names of everyone in your group and which project you are doing. Thanks.
All uploads should be finished by 4pm on Wednesday, 12/7.

Individual Science Project Update

NOTE: You do not need to complete a tri-fold board for your traditional science project this year for your class grade. Students who are going to compete at the district/regional fair will have to put together a tri-fold board, but you will have time to finalize your data.

Individual Science Project Update

Individual projects are due on December 7. You must upload your Power Point by 4pm on December 7. When you present in class you will need 2 printed copies of your abstract (that’s the last item to prepare) and a copy of your forms (1, 1A, 1B, and 3). The second sheet of 1A lists everything you need to include with the forms. Make sure it’s all complete! When your parents signed the forms they were signing that they had read all of your work.

When preparing the Power Point for your science project you should include the following.

  • Title: Use all CAPS
  • Problem: Why are you doing this problem? What interested you in this topic? Remember, if you know the results BEFORE you start it’s not a good project.
  • Question: What is your scientific question? You must have one worthy of an advanced science student.
  • Hypothesis: If_____________ then __________________
  • Variables: Test/independent; Outcome/dependent; held constant
  • Data Summary: Although all of your data is in your Journal you should prepare a summary of your data (means or averages as appropriate)
  • Graphs: Graph your data (you may only choose to include your mean data)
  • Results: This is a discussion of what you did, how you did it, what happened, an analysis of your data, and what it means.
  • Conclusion: Determine if the analysis of data supports your hypothesis or not. Remember, you are never right, but you are never wrong. The data either supports or fails to support the hypothesis.
  • Bibliography in either APA or MLA

Nov. 14/15 – Intro to Matter/ Density

EQ- How are weight and mass different, but also related to one another?

In class, students learned how to measure an objects mass and volume in order to calculate density.

We worked through a series of density investigations

  • Regular solids
  • Irregular solids – AKA calculating volume by displacement
  • Virtual investigation – Density Laboratory Gizmo

Home Learning: 

Complete the Density Laboratory gizmo exploration guide.  Due next class! 
Username- landonscience
Password – landonscience

Largest supermoon in our lifetimes


From the @Airandspacemuseum Instagram:

“Tonight, we’ll see a “supermoon” in the night sky. A supermoon occurs when the Moon appears slightly bigger than a normal full Moon. Supermoons happen several times a year, but this one is different. This November full Moon is the closest to Earth in nearly 70 years. Learn more about supermoons and “micromoons” from Astronomy Educator Geneviève de Messières:

Image Caption and Credit: This image consists of two photos taken by Stefano Sciarpetti, with a micromoon shown in front of a supermoon. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, while a micromoon occurs when the Moon is furthest from the Earth. Credit: Image by Samantha Snell, NASA

#space #supermoon2016

Nov. 10-11: Unit 3 test, A3K

The Known Universe

In class students took their Unit 3 test over The Sun, Stars, Images from Space and Structure of the Universe.  Look for this grade to be added in Focus over the weekend.

After the test, students had an additional opportunity to get caught up on some classwork assignments from the past two weeks –

Achieve 3000 Articles:

  • Goodbye Sunspots? (past due)
  • Where are the Sun’s Spots? (past due)
  • Milky Ways in the Making (new article)

Students need submit a complete an A3K Analysis sheet and include specific evidence from the text for each question in order to receive credit for the assignments.  Please see the individual assignments on FOCUS if you need another Analysis sheet.

Home Learning:

Penda due Monday Morning @ 7 AM

Continue working on Science Projects

Attention:  App Challenge students be prepared to upload next week!