One Clean Field Trip

Why are these students dressed like this?

Nanotechnology.

Last week, SPP Summer School students toured the Nanotechnology Lab at University of Minnesota, which required that everyone wear protective suits. The tour was led by Professor James Marti. He showed them how the lab creates smaller and smaller microchips for our endless array of electronic devices.

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After a brief talk with Dr. Marti, it was time to suit up!

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As Mr. Wiggin put it, “(The suits) are to protect the work, not the students!”

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Since the beginning of July, we’ve had students participating in our Summer School, which is a partnership with Nacel Open Door’s Short Term Program. Many of the students are from groups from France and Taiwan, though we have a few SPP students in the mix as well.

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Summer STEMmin’

While our regular student body is off exploring every nook and cranny of the planet and spending the summer with their families, there’s still plenty happening around the halls and classrooms of St. Paul Preparatory School.

During the month of July, we’ve got students from Taiwan and France taking part in a Summer School Program at SPP as part of Nacel Open Door’s Short Term Program. Students have been experimenting in the lab, learning in the classroom, and taking part in field trips around the Twin Cities.

Noodle Towers

One of the first lab challenges of the STEM class was building towers out of noodles in order to hold up a single, fat marshmallow. Students could use tape, but couldn’t anchor their towers to the table. The highest tower was over 100 centimeters!

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Interstate State Park

Located just 49 miles from downtown St. Paul, this state park is known for it’s “potholes” formed by glacial meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age, along what is now known as the St. Croix River.

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Rollercoasters

Back in the lab, students had to make a “rollercoaster” out of foam tubing, marbles, and duct tape, with requirements that the coaster have one loop-de-loop and a second hill. Gravity and physics won the day!

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SPP Welcomes 16 Turkey Students for the Summer

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16 students and their chaperone from Antalya, Turkey arrived on Monday, July 8 to participate in the SPP Summer Short-Term Program.  They will be here for a duration of 4 weeks, taking classes for credit with two SPP teachers.  During their stay, they will have the chance to enjoy various local activities and attractions in the Twin Cities metro area both in their classes and with their host families.  Staff members at SPP have been enjoying the students’ presence in the school, as they bring life to the otherwise quiet summertime hallways.

In the classroom
In the classroom