|Austintown Middle School STEM||
By: Stephanie Mulligan
Lately, Austintown Middle School STEM has been getting ready for the All American Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing Challenge! The Gravity Racing Challenge is a sport that kids participate in annually, building cars of different divisions and racing the cars they built themselves. Austintown Middle School STEM has been making their own cars, to compete in the Soap Box Derby for the third time in a row.
The seventh and eighth grade STEM have already picked their teams and team names! There’s Team PEAK, Team Psyche, and The Bombers in the eighth grade. Seventh grade teams are the Juvenile Dragsters, Mechanical Eagles, and Iron Racers. The seventh grade is building the cars, so they can have the experience of making their own soap box car. We compete in other races, the one being in Cleveland is on April 25th, and the big one in Akron is on May 16th, so make sure to come out and support your Austintown STEM teams!
By Kailee Gomori
Zach Parnaby is a little toddler that was born in Northeastern, England. When he was born, he was very healthy and would do anything that a normal baby would do. By the time he was 20 months old, he had begin to stop walking and he couldn’t move anything. That’s when his parents knew their was something wrong.
On Christmas Eve, the doctors diagnosed Zach with Krabbe leukodystrophy. Krabbe leukodystrophy is a rare disease that can be fatal, this affects the myelin (the protective coating on the nerve cells) sheath of the nervous system. For most cases of Krabbe leukodystrophy, it starts to develop at six months of age, and then the child dies around age two. In the United States, it affects 1 in 100,000 people but there is no cure for Krabbe leukodystrophy.
After telling the Parnabys that their son has Krabbe leukodystrophy, the doctors also told them that Zach only has two more years to live. When they heard this, they wanted to make every last day count. They created a bucket list with a bunch of things to do. This bucket list included things like owning his very own dog, meeting someone famous, and to build a snowman. Lindsey Parnaby said, “We took the stance that if Zach is smiling every day, then thats what matters.”
NASA discovered something that could change the way we all look at the red planet forever: Water. They have discovered that there was once a massive Ocean inhabited there, bigger than the Atlantic Ocean, that is a little bit closer back home. This is not just some discovery, this means that the theory of life on Mars is actually possible. Not just human life, but extraterrestrial life as well.
The water that was once believed to be on Mars is made up of the same molecular structure that the water on Earth is made up of (H2O). An infrared map of Mars shows that the Northern Ice Caps are drenched in Deuterium, which can be used to our advantage when determining how much water was on Mars. The more Deuterium, the more water. Mars had so much water, that the amount would be 6 times the volume of the Ice caps. The water covered a depth of 137 m, or 0.137 km. Geronimo Villanueva, the main author of studies like this stated, “Ultimately we can conclude this idea of an ocean covering 20% of the planet which opens the idea habitability and the evolution of life on another planet.” A statement like that has opened up many doors in extraterrestrial life on other planets.
In conclusion, this is a major discovery that is extremely important for us as we may not be the only ones ever anymore. So some may look at this as just a puddle of possible water on another planet that we can not get to, and others look at it as a new beginning of a long journey, which way do you look at it?
The STEM class has two different grade levels (7th and 8th grade). This is the 8th grade articles, if you want to check out the 7th Grade articles go under the 7th Grade Blog tab.