For multiple days throughout the past week we have been learning math equations in NIATT engineering classes. We’re also learning how to pass cars legally in a car simulator. Some of the students got into the simulator and went for a drive down the highway into the country and didn’t wreck the virtual car. However, the students that did roll it on purpose or by accident were having the most fun. Kenny, Taran, another student, and I purposely rolled the car (virtually of course).
- Passing Sight Distance, (PSD): PSD= D1+D2+D3+D4
- Stop Sight Distance, (SSD): Velocity multiplied by Time plus Velocity squared divided by two Acceleration
- In 2010, 32,885 people died on American roads.
- 38% of teen deaths involve traffic accidents and 25% of those accidents/deaths involve underage drinking.
- 21% of the fatal car crashes involve teens and texting behind the wheel.
- Out of all the drivers in America, only 6% are “young drivers.”
– Marissa Corbitt
So far at STEM Access, we students have experienced some amazing things and have had some awesome times. Although STEM is a lot of work, we’ve had a lot of fun too.
On Saturday we visited the Moscow Farmers Market. It was a great experience. We even got to see a man perform who holds the record for hula-hooping the most hula-hoops at once!
– Dishonna Arnett
I’ll be the first to admit — I’m not a math and science person. When I was in fourth grade, I spent hours in school filling my math notebook pages with the phrase “I hate math” repeated over and over. (Lord knows why my teacher didn’t stop me.) And when the Teen Talk Barbie doll came out back in the day, I related to her catch phrase “Math class is tough!”
Maybe math really is tough, and maybe I could never be a math person, but historically, the pattern in our educational system has been for girls to struggle in math and science. Girls find that “math class is tough” in grades K-12 and we often just leave it at that. That’s why I am thrilled to see that this summer’s Upward Bound STEM Access student population is 72 percent female! (By the way, I initially calculated that percentage on my own, but doubted my answer until my STEMmy husband confirmed that it was correct — a classic example of my Female Math Doubt.)
Becca’s recent blog post about the Longest Math Problem Ever is a perfect example of how girls are making their way in STEM studies. She claims that she’s never liked math, and yet she worked her way through a three-page proof!
Witnessing work like that makes me think that a kid like me could have learned to engage with math and science if only I’d had an experience like Upward Bound STEM Access provides. When you’re solving real-world problems, math and science don’t feel like homework at all.
– Charity Thompson Egland, STEM Access Writing Instructor
The Upward Bound STEM Access program has an incredibly busy schedule. We get up at 6:00 in the morning, and go to breakfast at 7:00. We have class until noon, eat lunch until 1:00, and we have more class time until 4:00. We spend the rest of the day either playing sports or at dinner. Even without the normal amount of summer downtime, we still have a great time. Since we are constantly working or on the move, we have great opportunities to meet new people and become better friends with the other people in the group.
The constant work is difficult, but it is well worth it for what the program has to offer. We see math and engineering in action and get to meet the people behind the machines. Last week we were able to meet several people on the U of I snowmobile team, and we were able to ask questions about their design process and what awards they had won. Even with as tiring as the schedule can be, it is fun and definitely worth the time.
– William Jelsma
Today in class we did a lot of work studying the dynamics of passing vehicles. We did a lot of fun experiments. We also did a lot of un-fun equations.
One of the fun things we did was working with the traffic simulator. I think that everybody in our group got to drive it and some people drove it twice. It showed the data on how important it is to find the calculations for passing. The day also proved how un-fun it is to conclude the data after the fun testing. We had to use a table to find the variables for an equation that we were using to find the variables of the original equation.
– Taran Scheuermann
This summer, we STEM Access students are learning about transportation. We’ve learned about the difference between drunk driving and sober driving, and also texting while driving. In just one year, 32,885 people died on American roads.
As STEM students, we used a car simulator to learn about reaction time. We also have done some calculations about reaction time in different aspects of driving such as sight distance, stopping sight distance, and passing sight distance.
- The sight distance is how far you can see down the road.
- The stopping sight distance is how far you need to be able to see to safely stop in time.
- The passing sight distance is the distance you need to see in order to pass another vehicle.
– Braidan Arrasmith
On Monday we did a driving simulation. With the driving simulator we calculated how long it took people to pass other cars. Engineers use this simulation for multiple reasons. They mainly use it for testing different ways to slow people down when passing other cars. This helps drivers pass legally instead of illegally.
– Meghan Curtiss
– Morgan Jones
A healthy lifestyle is really important to every human being. The World Health Organization says that the minimum requirement for physical activity for young people is 60 minutes, or one hour, each day.
Also, eating right is good for your body. You should eat vegetables, meat (or protein), grains, and also have a glass of milk every day. The students of Upward Bound STEM Access have the routine of getting veggies, meat, fruits, grains, and a glass of milk every day when we eat.
Early this morning, the students of Upward Bound STEM Access went to a tour in the Moscow Farmers Market and saw a lot of fruits and vegetables being sold to people. Also in the farmers market they had music that we enjoyed.
Everyone in the program is required to get in one hour of physical activity each day. During free time today we were active by playing frisbee, basketball, sand volleyball, and soccer in the sun, which is good for us too.
– John Ariola