STEM Scholars Today/STEM Leaders of Tomorrow

Archive for August, 2014

Baseball is a Science (PHYSICS)

Mo'ne Davis Little League Baseball Pitcher

Mo’ne Davis #11, Anderson Monarchs
Philadelphia, PA


It’s championship time in Little League Baseball!

Imagine approaching the mound and looking up to see Mo’ne Davis as your opposing pitcher.  What are your thoughts?  Most would think “this is NOT my lucky day”!

Mo’ne, an eighth-grader at Springside Chestnut Hill (PA) Academy, is the star little league pitcher for the Philadelphia-based Anderson Monarchs Youth Baseball Team.  Mo’ne has caught the nation’s attention in these weeks leading up to the Little League World Series.  Her 70 mph fastball can only be described as WICKED!  

As an opposing player, with just 46 feet between you and the pitcher’s mound, her pitch has the equivalent of a big league pitch velocity of 90 mph – that’s 50% faster than your parent’s car driving on the interstate highway.  Mo’ne has the most powerful fastball in Little League record.  She pitched a three-hit shutout while striking out six Newark (NJ) National players, helping her team earn a berth into the Little League World Series (LLWS). 

Look for 13-year-old female pitcher Mo’ne Davis in the news this week.  She is the first Little Leaguer to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

STEM Summer – Back to School Newsletter

Sept Newsletter

Quench Your Thirst!

Did you know that tap water is less expensive, safer, and more sustainable than bottled water?  Check out the TapIt network.  This community of citizens are working toward a more sustainable future for our communities by inviting you to TapIt!

Project Lead the Way – ODU Engineering


Project Lead The Way® (PLTW) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. PLTW forms partnerships with public schools, higher education institutions and the private sector to increase the quantity and quality of engineers and engineering technologists graduating from our educational system.

Portsmouth students and teachers are invited to explore PLTW.  Look to the ODU School of Engineering webpage for more information.

River Star Home …. it’s your time to shine!

Is your home a River Star Home?  7 easy steps to help make the Elizabeth River safe for swimming and fishing by 2020!!

Learn more and join the effort:  http://www.elizabethriver.org/RiverStars/default.aspx


Joining a PPS CHROME Club is the first step in securing your success as a STEM Scholar!  Visit a club at your school and learn why we say STEM learning is fun!

Doing Science – Processes & Procedures

Keeping a laboratory notebook will be time consuming and will require a conscientious effort….

What do you think of these “words of wisdom”?

“The laboratory notebook contains the permanent written record of a scientist’s mental and physical activities for experiment and observation.  The act of recording causes the scientist to think critically about his or her work.  It is essential for “doing good science.”
Dr. Andre’ Peltier, ROVOBASE

Dr. Andre’ Peltier at ROBOBASE

Check it out: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/blog/2010/01/lab-notebooks.php


Why should you Scoop the Poop! askHRGreen.org

Don’t leave pet waste on the ground!

Bacteria is carried to local waterways » water becomes contaminated » THEN we cannot swim at local beaches or eat local seafood!!

Take the pledge – Scoop the Poop!



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