Solar System Scope Shines

I’d like to share an incredible new space science resource, Solar System Scope. Featuring a set of easy-to-use tools, the site offers interactive 3D views of the planets. Pair this site with a Mimo or Polyvision board for a hands-on virtual fly-through of our solar system. Quick tip- Set the view to full screen for a cinematic effect. Check it out: http://www.solarsystemscope.com/

PM Rocketeers Win 1st Place

I’m thrilled to report that Penn Manor students recently took 1st and 2nd place in the Eighth Annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). TARC is a national competition demanding that student teams successfully launch model rockets to specific altitudes and flight time requirements. Read the national press release here: http://is.gd/cd0t6.

Rocket Team Director and PM High School science teacher, Brian Osmolinski, led 4 Penn Manor teams into the competition. Brian writes:

“PMHS team 1 was third and Marticville was about 12th going into the final round.  Their second flights went beautifully and PMHS team 1 jumped into first place and Marticville Middle jumped into second place, beating the former first place team by 4/10 of a point.  It truly was an amazing experience for these kids who have been launching every weekend since February in cold, snowy, windy weather.”

Congratulations to our students for demonstrating outstanding science, math and engineering skills. PM students at the rocket challenge include:

1st Place Team: High School – Jordan Franssen, Brendan Stoeckl, Tyler Funk, Nate Bernhardt
2nd Place Team: Marticville Middle – Jess Stoner, Tom Sowers, Wyatt Shiffler
52nd Place Team: Manor Middle – Maggie McClintock, Jesse Burkholder, Andrew Lobos, Eric Keefer
100th Place Team: High School Team 2 – Will Shipley, Henry Stewart, Mike Thomson, Ivan Puskovic

CFF Grant Funding Update

Penn Manor has just received formal “substantial funding” approval from PDE for $106,000 in new Classrooms For The Future grant money. Funding will provide 3 additional High School laptop carts for a total of 90 new student Macbook laptops. The new carts will bring the total High School student cart count up to 14 units. Our new equipment should arrive in October.