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Tagging Bats: A Book Celebrating Bats, Technology, and Sixth Grade Girls Glee

Three sixth grade girls from Baden Academy came across a news alert about a scientist in Israel who was studying bats. That wasn’t so unusual, but then the girls realized the scientist was using the same type of RFID technology to track the bats that Baden Academy uses to help electronically match students to their correct buses. What a coincidence!

The students—Kennedi Emery, Kaitlyn Desrochers, and Brynn Burnsworth—reached out to Dr. Yossi Yovel at Tel Aviv University to find out more, and they eventually turned their fascinating research into a book called Tagging Bats. The girls were excited about every step of the project, from seeing the Hebrew characters in the correspondence from Dr. Yovel, to learning more about Tel Aviv, to understanding how technological advancements can help humans learn more about bats by tracking them.

Kaitlyn and Kennedi had already worked with Penn State’s Biology professor Dr. Miller-Butterworth on a book called Bats in Danger, so they were glad to learn the disease that has been killing so many bats in Pennsylvania wasn’t found in all parts of the world. They also learned how bats were helping scientists at the University learn about how the environment (ecology) affects the brain (neurology). The Yovel Bat Lab website and Dr. Yovel’s staff helped the girls understand the important work the scientists are conducting to better know and protect bats.

Brynn also built on her experiences running Baden Academy’s programming club and making a TED Talk about radio waves. Dr. Yovel and an Israeli technology company had to invent a new type of RFID (radio frequency ID) tag that was light enough and quick enough to record the bats. Dr. Yovel then got a company from Boston to help make a sensor backpack that could record bat voices, map where the bats flew, and measure their heartbeats.

The girls gained so much by trying to figure out each small piece of equipment and what it can teach us about bats and about ourselves. Their biggest hope with the book is to inspire other kids to love technology—and bats! You can get your copy today and enjoy their story of discovery. Profits from the sale of the book go to the Bat Conservation Fund.

Visit the girls’ website at bacswildlife.weebly.com

To purchase the book, please visit http://bit.ly/TaggingBats

A book trailer was created and can be found at

The girls will be doing several public book signings:

  1. Wednesday, May 22, 4:00 to 6:00 pm: Literary and Visual Arts Festival, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (1 Lincoln Park, Midland)
  1. Thursday, May 30, 6:00 to 8:00 pm: STEM Family Night, Baden Academy (1016 W. State Street, Baden)

Kennedi, Kaitlyn, and Brynn would be thrilled to visit your classroom, library, or community event to share their story and read their book aloud. Please contact Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at Baden Academy for information.

About Baden Academy

This public charter school in Beaver County, Western Pennsylvania, works to inspire personal excellence. It cultivates the inherent gifts and talents present in all children by providing a curriculum that integrates the arts and sciences in a highly interactive, hands-on environment.

About Grow a Generation

Do you know a child with curiosity who is ready to work hard on a meaningful project? Sixth-Tenth graders are invited to apply for a fellowship opportunity at the STEM Leadership Center. Register here…


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Beaver County History Weekend May 4-5 2019

Come find Anya, Charlotte and Ziva at their book signing booth at Old Economy Village during the Hands-on History event!

This weekend every one of historical museums and sites is open free! Explore history. Find descriptions and details at http://bchrlf.org/events/beaver-count…

This video was made by author Anya Martin of The Mystery of the Economy Borough Silver Mine. Find out more about their book at https://economysilvermine.weebly.com/

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Enter the Future Engineers Competition through the STEM Leadership Center

Future Engineers 3D Design Challenge “Name That Molecule”

Choose and four Monday or Wednesday evenings
in May or June
to work with a coach and prepare your challenge entry.

Brush up on (or start to learn) 3D design skills. Work with our mentors and create an entry for the Future Engineers contest.   Create a digital 3D model of a molecule that you see or interact with every day. We will help you submit your 3D model, an image of your entry, and a text explanation of your molecule including its molecular composition, properties, and/or relevance in our world.  Cost is $90 for four evening pass to either Monday or Wednesday evenings at the STEM Leadership Center. Open to grades 6 to 10.

Questions: Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration

Register online at: https://forms.gle/bMinN4evjcCr5Weu5

Mondays or Wednesdays in May and June
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Baden Academy SLC Lab

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Play with Your Food

Play With Your Food

Four years ago, two third graders walked into the Media Lab applying to be research fellows. They wanted to write a cookbook. As Anthony tells it, “Dr. Ellen pointed us toward molecular gastronomy – you know, using physics and chemistry to make food even more amazing. and biology of food. Fifteen videos and four years later it is still amazing!” Those two boys have inspired five more students to become “MG Kids” and explore the science of food.

Check out their latest video with Chef Jason at the incredible Latin restaurant in Beaver, Biba.

The MG Kids are a great example of what a fellowship can become. The boys have worked with chefs and chemistry professors. They have given a TED Talk. They have stood in the lab examining a map of the world to find the address of the molecular gastronomist in the United Arab Emirates who retweeted their video. They’ve inspired three 3rd grade girls to become MG Kids. You can check out their first video below and wait with bated breath for their episode with Dr. Rodney Austin at Geneva University on Sour Dough Bread and their upcoming film on Shortening!

Their explorations have been such fun and an amazing journey. I hate having to say goodbye to them when they graduate from Baden Academy in 6th grade. It is the joy of working with amazing kids like these that inspired me to open the STEM Leadership Center.

The Center has been opened since November are we are thrilled to have five new fellowship projects. Each one is open to more fellows if you have a 7th-10th grader looking for a challenge in these areas, please have them apply. We have moved our hours to Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm. We meet at the Baden Academy Media Lab. Look over the list and consider signing up for a free orientation to come in an talk!

+ One Step at a Time is studying quadrupedal robotics in biomimicry and explaining to connections between four-legged animals, and the construction of hoofs, leg joints, and the movement of four-legged robots.

+ Bridge Builders of Tomorrow is looking to partner with engineers working to come up with economically viable solutions to repair and build new bridges with a shrinking tax base.

+ Charging Into the Future is examining solid state batteries in electric cars.

+ RFID Technology, Big Data Meets Healthcare, and Going Nuclear are in the works.


Permanent link to this article: https://growageneration.com/2019/04/26/play-with-your-food/

Engineering Wings to the Sun: Four Sixth Grade Girls Explore Ceramics

Four sixth grade girls from Baden Academy brought their diverse experiences together to write a book, Engineering Wings to the Sun. The inspiration for their study was based on the classical myth about Icarus, a boy who tried to fly on wings made of wax and feathers, but who failed because he flew too close to the sun. The girls—Kennedy Emery, Cherish Erb-White, Leah Saracco, and Alyssa Westrom, wanted to explore if modern technology would make Icarus’ flight possible.

Their exploration included the material sciences of ceramics, as well as the manufacturing processes of 3D printing. Mrs. Houston, a fifth grade science teacher at Baden Academy, had shown them an actual ceramic tile that was used on the Space Shuttle. Fellow Baden Academy students Destiney Campbell and Lizzie Hoge (from the Sun Superheroes fellowship) shared with them information they had learned about carbon-carbon ceramics used on the Parker Solar Probe. And the four girls went on a field trip to two manufacturing companies—Swindell Dressler and Harbison Walker—to discover more about the kinds of super strong materials that can withstand extreme heat.

Alyssa and Kennedy, both veteran leaders of Baden Academy’s 3D Printing club Future Engineers, were able to understand many of the challenges facing the 3D printing of ceramics. And co-author Cherish was able to apply some of what she was learning in this project to the local Future City competition, and she contributed greatly to her team’s recent win.

Please come and enjoy their story of discovery and root for these young engineers and they try to fly to the sun!   Profits from the sale of the book go to the American Ceramics Society.

To purchase the book, please visit  https://bit.ly/2UmESsS

Check out their website at
https://bacsfutureengineers.weebly.com/

Check out their trailer!

The girls will be doing several public book signings:

Wednesday, May 22, 4:00 to 6:00 pm: Literary and Visual Arts Festival, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (1 Lincoln Park, Midland)

Thursday, May 30, 6:00 to 8:00 pm: STEM Family Night, Baden Academy (1016 W. State Street, Baden)

Alyssa, Cherish, Leah, and Kennedy would be thrilled to visit your classroom, library, or community event to share their story and read their book aloud. Please contact Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at Baden Academy for information.

About Baden Academy

This public charter school in Beaver County, Western Pennsylvania, works to inspire personal excellence. It cultivates the inherent gifts and talents present in all children by providing a curriculum that integrates the arts and sciences in a highly interactive, hands-on environment.

About Grow a Generation

Grow a Generation partners with schools, classrooms, and students to make meaningful projects possible. Discover more at growageneration.com

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Start a Passion-Based Project

Take the first step in a Passion Based Project. This isn’t just about identifying what you want to study in college.  The Find Your Passion journey sets you on the path of an Odyssey to meet the people you want to work with in the future, the problems you want to spend you time solving, and the skills you need to become part of solutions now.  The STEM Leadership Center is excited to bring you to four sessions of Find Your Passion that will help you find Science, Engineering, and Technology problems that lead to real careers.

Cost is $40 for the month.

Thursdays in April

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

at the Baden Academy Stem Leadership Center

Questions: Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration

Register online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8Uzh0bJQRCV-Rqt6HhFieM71UVYeITVn1SfDGjUMFVWxP8g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Click for the mail in registration https://drive.google.com/file/d/19k08al8gi_09Q-1F_Es_ZKztACxYxHTH/view?usp=sharing

Click to Register

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Join us Mar 30 for Underwater Robotics

2019 SeaPerch Competition

The STEM Leadership Center is excited to bring you to this years SeaPerch Competition on Saturday March 30th, 2019. SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program. Teams have used limited resources of PVC pipe and underwater motors to create underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) to complete this challenge. The event will be held at West Mifflin High School. Please pack a lunch, snack, and a water for the day.

Contact Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at 724-266-1498 or drellen@growageneration with any questions.

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/Q19XLnXpvgMQOkLM2

Download Mail In Registration https://drive.google.com/open?id=1aPzZEO56AafI0omS4PK1rclmJmOTeMBY

Saturday March 30th from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Departing and Arriving at Baden Academy

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Come Build a Bridge

Charlie and Mohammed will be representing the STEM Leadership Center at the Rochester STEAM walk this Thursday, March 14 (Pi Day!!).

Charlie is an extraordinary young man who began with us at Baden Academy as a research fellow. With classmate Ava he created a thoroughly entertaining TED Talk on Collaboration and wrote a book Charlie the Seizure Response Dog (profits from which are share with Paws with a Cause and the Epilepsy Foundation.) Charlie is now at the Hopewell School district and began attending the STEM Leadership Center in the evening to explore new project.

His interests were in concrete and material strength. As we looked for the cutting edge of new technologies growing in this field, we saw many dealt with bridge construction, which led us further to literature about our failing infrastructure. The problem of failing roads and bridges resonating with Charlie and he began to conceive a new fellowship – “Bridge Builders of Tomorrow.”

He was soon joined by Mohammed, a student from Aliquippa, who shared not only his fascination for bridges but added new investigations into the new piezioelectric sensors that are being used to remotely measure mechanical strain in the bridges.

The two have just begun their quest to learn more and seek out mentors locally and globally. They begun a website and have interrupted their research to encourage more local students to fall in love with bridge engineering. They will have a table at the Rochester STEAM Walk on Thursday, May 14 from 6:00 – 7:30.

If you have a child, grades 6-10, who seeks to bring a meaningful project to fruition, please set up a time to talk to us at the STEM Leadership Center. We are open Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm at Baden Academy. Register for a free orientation and tour!

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Three Fellows team up with “The Geologists” to solve the mystery of the Economy Borough Silver Mine

Three research fellows from Baden Academy Charter School wanted to learn more about the legends of silver mines at Economy Park in Beaver County. They read stories on the internet, had heard the ghost stories told about the mines, and were eager to learn if there could be any truth to the rumors about the existence of silver.

The three students—Anya Martin (grade 5), Charlotte Haggarty (grade 4), Ziva Schmitt (grade 4)—wanted to go on a quest to learn more, but they needed some mentors. Several science superheroes came to the rescue. Daniel Fisher, a senior level hydrogeologist, helped them understand more about the element of silver and why it is considered a precious metal. Jason Kronenwetter, the Principal Geologist at EnviroTrac, looked through maps and offered up important wisdom about area geology. David Bajek, the Senior Development Geologist at Chevron North America Exploration and Production, taught them how silver is formed in the earth. And Kristin Carter, the Assistant State Geologist, sent maps and a team led by Brian Dunst and five interns from Bureau of Topographic & Geologic Survey to meet the three students at Economy Park to look for evidence of previous mines.

Wait until you see what they found! Get your copy today and celebrate local history, the quest for scientific truth, and the love of geology. Profits from the sale of the book go to the Geological Society of America Foundation.

To purchase the book, please visit https://bit.ly/2BEwl95

The girls will be doing several public book signings:

Saturday, March 9: The Vicary Mansion / Beaver County Historical Society
1235 3rd Ave, Freedom, PA 15042
Open to the public, from 1:30—3:00 pm. Please stay for the tours of the Vicary Mansion, at 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm!

Saturday, May 4: Old Economy Village
270 Sixteenth St, Ambridge, PA 15003
Open to the public, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Enjoy Hands-On History Days at this historic 19th century village.

Thursday, May 30: STEM Family Night at Baden Academy
1016 W. State Street Baden PA 15005
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Anya, Charlotte and Ziva would be thrilled to visit your classroom, library, or community event to share their story and read their book aloud. Please contact Dr. Ellen Cavanaugh at Grow a Generation for information.

If you have a child, grades 6-10, who seeks to bring a meaningful project to fruition, please set up a time to talk to us at the STEM Leadership Center. We are open Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm at Baden Academy.

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Robotics and Programming Merit Badges at the STEM Leadership Center

MARCH MERIT BADGE MONTH!
ROBOTICS AND PROGRAMMING 
BSA MERIT BADGES
Four Wednesdays, March 6-27, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The STEM Leadership Center is hosting a one month long program for local scouts to earn their Robotics or their Programming Merit Badges.  The class will run four Wednesdays, March 6-27, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  

Where:  THE STEM LEADERSHIP CENTER at BADEN ACADEMY
at 1016 W. State Street Baden, PA 15005

And, of course, all area 6th-10th graders are invited to the STEM Leadership Center to discover custom made opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We will help you find the problems in the world you most want to solve and discover meaningful projects to work to solve them! Call today to help choose the perfect program for your child.

Register online at https://goo.gl/forms/P8pFl0fbReypn3m23
or with the Mail in Registration  

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