8th Grade Science- Mrs. Gomula
Extra help is available before school and during recess. Students should make arrangements for specific days due to meetings and lunch coverage. 

FIELD DAY REMINDER! Permission slips were due back Friday, May 18. Students who have not returned their signed permission slip should do so on Monday, May 21.

NYS Science Performance Test is scheduled for Thursday, May 24.
Science Final is scheduled for May 25.
NYS Science Written Test is scheduled for June 4.

MAY: Back to work! Can you believe it's almost the end of the school year? Our eighth grade students are hard at work preparing for Confirmation, finals, NYS Science Test and Graduation! Just a few more weeks until they will be leaving us.  Image result for free clipart graduation

APRIL: OLMS students are looking forward to the Easter celebration of the Risen Lord. while we have a lengthy week off, students  completed their Energy Project posters and the presentations were amazing. Students continue to work on reviewing topics for the NYS Intermediate Science Test in May/June.
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MARCH: Students completed their unit on Matter and will begin investigating the different forms of energy. Students have been assigned groups and have selected one form of energy to prepare a poster and demonstration to be presented to the class.

FEBRUARY: Students worked on a Simple Machines Unit this month to further investigate the designs utilized in the Mercy Contraption. They will return to the Unit on Matter to investigate Pure Substances and Mixtures before heading off to a week of rest and relaxation. Enjoy the Winter Break!

Thanks to all of our students at OLMS for their hard work on the Mercy Contraption. What an amazing accomplishment. It was great to see our students applying science concepts, helping with the design, and working as a team. Congratulations on a job well done.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK BEGINS JANUARY 28 - invite your family and friends to visit Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville to see the wonderful programs available that "challenge each student intellectually, motivate each student in the pursuit of academic excellence, and prepare each student for further educational opportunities."    (OLM School Philosophy)

JANUARY: Students have started investigating Matter and have been utilizing lab equipment to determine mass, volume of regular and irregular shaped objects, and density. As they move on to explore Energy, students will work in teams to prepare a presentation on a form of energy and create a demonstration to present to the class.

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  Thank you to everyone for your wishes for a healthy and happy New Year and wonderful gifts.

DECEMBER: Students will be completing their exploration of Sound and Light this month. They will be moving on to collaborate and investigate Matter & Energy. Rest up over the Christmas Holiday to be prepared for exciting lab activities and challenges.

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 Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.
 NOVEMBER: An exciting trip to Philadelphia, PA has been planned for November 3. 
As we move into November, 8th grade students will be closing out their Units on Sound and will begin investigation of Light.
   Students will complete their Pumpkin Lab and utilize the data they collected during October and will incorporate Math by graphing the data.

OCTOBER: Technology Day is next Thursday, October 12 at Adventureland. First Unit Test on Waves and Properties of Waves will be on Friday, October 6. Study workbook, notes and labs.
     Students have been working in the Discovery Room to build Mousetrap Cars. They are in the re-design stage and we're looking forward to our Mousetrap Car Race.

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SEPTEMBER: Our 8th grade students will begin the year by studying Sound and Light. Today we investigated the transfer of energy in water. We will be investigating amplitude, frequency and wavelength.

                                    WELCOME BACK!


Welcome back to another exciting year of learning. We’ll be collaborating with each other to analyze new concepts and exploring these concepts further through exciting labs. Challenges await you in our new Discovery Room that has been stocked with STEAM materials that will peak your curiosity and allow you to improve your problem solving skills. Look forward to a year of Science FUN!

                                              SOLAR ECLIPSE 2017

     A solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely covers the sun in the sky. The total solar eclipse will occur on August 21, 2017 and the path it will take stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. The event will last about 2 minutes and 40 seconds.
     Check out the website Space.com for information on when, where and how to see the solar eclipse safely.
     NASA has a website dedicated to the eclipse. Check it out at eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov.

School may be out but you can still study Science by doing experiments or STEAM challenges. Since we just celebrated the 4th of July, you can duplicate the colors of the fireworks in this experiment.

                                  FIREWORKS IN A JAR
1 clear jar (like a mayonnaise or mason jar)
warm water
plastic disposable plate or a pie pan (should have a rim so oil won't spill out)
different colors of food coloring
4-tablepoons of cooking oil (Canola, Mazola, etc.)

1. Fill the jar 3/4 of the way with warm water.
2. Put 4 tablespoons of oil in the pie pan or plastic plate
3. Carefully put drops of different colors of food coloring in the oil in the pie pan or plate.
    (It should look like dots of color. You should have about 10-12 drops.)
4. Gently use the fork to break up the food coloring drops. (This should now look like many
    small particles in the oil.)
5. GENTLY pour the oil and food coloring mixture into the jar. GENTLY! (It helps if you have someone help you and tilts the jar of water so you can gently introduce the oil mixture.)

WHAT HAPPENS? You should see the food coloring slowly sink out of the oil into the water. When this happens, it will expand and begin to mix with the other colors.

WHY THIS HAPPENS - Food coloring dissolves in water but not oil. Sine the oil is less dense than water, it will float on top of the water. The food coloring drops begin to sink because they are heavier than the oil. Once they sink into the water, they begin dissolving in the water. This will look like a tiny explosion of color. ENJOY.

Come back for another experiment or STEAM challenge over the summer.