Archive for the ‘Science Club’ Category

By Alysa Rippee
Cougar News Blog

CCJH tries to have a little something for everyone by offering unique elective classes, a traveling athletics program, and a variety of clubs and organizations. Two new groups – Tech Club and Science Club – formed at the start of the year and have expanding their activities since then.
Earlier in the year, the Tech Club was working on creating their own video games and trying to make the club into an elective. The club had been hoping to get T-shirts for their club with fundraising money. Now, they have decided on a design and the shirts arrived last week. While video games continue to be the club’s focus, they hope to do more.
“As a new club we are concentrating on the video game application, but we hope to try new projects in the future or hold tournaments with our games,” said club adviser Tina Jada.
As for the Science Club, students have been working on hands-projects and trying to join the Science Olympiad. Now, the club is working on things like non-Newtonian fluids, lab safety, and chemical reactions.
“I know the students will learn how to problem solve and that science is fun,” science club adviser Marie Wilbur-Bowers said.
Both clubs have come far from where they were at the beginning of the year and are hoping to continue to grow. Tech club member Shelby Ruehs explained how she has really enjoyed being a part of the club because everybody has similar interests and has fun getting to know each other better.
“I expect that they’ll learn how to create video games, if they want to go down that path in their career growing up of course,” Ruehs said.
Science and tech club still have openings and welcome new members. Science Club meets every Thursday at 2:20 to 3:15 p.m. in room 201. Tech Club meets every other Tuesday.
“It is never too late to join the club. We meet every other Tuesday. We always have snacks and we do not expect you to come to every meeting,” Jada said.

By Mario Duran
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon is taking one small step for students, and one giant leap for studentkind with its new club.
Seventh-grade science teacher Marie Wilbur is bringing a science club to Cactus Canyon, giving students a chance to expand their knowledge of all areas the subject through hands-on activities and teamwork.
“I hope the students learn that there are many areas in science and that they can enjoy and have fun learning,” said Wilbur.
Students who join the club will be doing hands-on activities to learn more about science, rather than reading textbooks or doing worksheets. Students get the chance to make projects with their fellow club members, getting experience with working in a group of their peers.
“[I hope students] learn that science is always thinking about doing things differently,” said Wilbur. “It’s going to take several tries to get it right, but you have to change it and figure out how to get it to work.”
While it’s the first year that Cactus Canyon has a science club, it’s definitely not the first year for Wilbur, who has six years of experience as a science coach. She led a competitive science team at Peralta Trail Elementary, and brought the idea with her when she moved over to CCJH.
“I think kids should join the science club because it is a fun, interactive, and educational way to learn about science,” said John Christensen, an eighth-grade member of the club.
Science club gives students the chance to join the Science Olympiad, a competition in which other clubs in the county go lab coat-to-lab coat to see who knows the most about different science topics, as long as they have the 15 members needed to compete.
Science club meets every Thursday from 2:20 to 3:15 p.m. in room 201.