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Seventh-grade Crusaders at Roger Williams Middle School and Nathanael Greene Middle School got to see the universe up close in their afterschool science workshops this fall. They met weekly with instructors from the University of Rhode Island to discover the science of astronomy. They explored how telescopes work, learned how to download digital space photography, and sharpened their skills in math, science, and technology.

On Saturday, December 4, they wound up their fall-term studies with a field trip to Capture the Universe at the Museum of Natural History & Planetarium at Roger Williams Park! They set up their project displays, participated in hands-on learning activities, and took in a planetarium show about the Milky Way and star clusters. The event was part of our ongoing partnership with URI’s grant-funded 4H program, Pathways for Success in Science and Technology.

And the science didn’t end there! On the following Saturday, December 11, a group of eighth-grade Crusaders met together for a URI-sponsored science workshop held at Johnson & Wales University Harborside. They built their own electrical circuits and learned how circuits are used to power burglar alarms, automobile taillights, and dance pads.

Many thanks to the URI STEM staff: science coordinator Kim Pond, mentor coordinator Kira Haining, and mentors Christian Blake, Michelle Burdi, Aisha Butler, Lauren Costa, Ikechukwa Emodi, Kachine Perry, Janelle St. John, and Katie Tansey. Our middle-school STEM partnership with URI continues into spring term. Stay tuned to hear what Crusaders will be discovering next!

At top, at the planetarium, are seventh graders Jacqueline Escolastico, Kirsi Madera, Giselle De La Nuez, Alex Atiemoh, Rene Colato, Vianka Brito, Tatiana Torres, and Rute Gidey. Below, building circuits, are eighth graders Orlandy Perez, Joseph Summerville, Yasmin Lopez, and Janessa Lopes.

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