J-D Middle School students complete unique research project

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7th grade Flex students take part in NASA STEM activity.

Students in 7th grade Flex were recently tasked with researching an important American who they thought deserved their own holiday at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School. They created persuasive and informative videos. 

Students voted on the options which included John Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Susan B. Anthony, Temple Grandin, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and many more. The winning tally went to mathematician Katherine Johnson, whose math skills helped Americans land on the moon for the first time. 

Students Naiya Bhattacharjee and Justyce Brown helped organize a NASA STEM activity in Johnson’s honor. Students built a shock absorber for a spacecraft using only marshmallows, rubber bands, straws, tape, and an index card. 

Thanks to English teacher Rose Palmisano for sharing this fun, hands-on lesson with us.