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Kindergartners Get Messy with Cloud Dough

Utica Academy of Science elementary students in Miss Monahan and Mrs. Ferguson’s kindergarten classes created Cloud Dough.

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021Distance doesn’t slow down the Atoms in Miss Monahan and Mrs. Ferguson’s kindergarten classes. On this fun-filled Wednesday with friends over Zoom, the Atoms created their very own cloud dough using ingredients like cornstarch or flour and conditioner. Students enjoyed playing with their new creation while listening to stories. What a fun, creative and hands-on activity to do! Keep up the great work, Atoms.

Color us Excited for this Next Science Experiment

Utica Academy of Science kindergarten students perform a science experiment using Skittles.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021Utica Academy of Science Kindergarten Atoms conducted a colorful, yet sweet science experiment in which they may not have been able to ‘taste the rainbow,’ but instead see the rainbow. To perform their experiment, students were to line up their Skittles in a circle on a plate or dish. Next, they poured liquid to watch and observe the reaction that would take place. The results, the liquid melted the candy coating off the Skittles and created a swirly rainbow design. Please head to our Facebook page to see more pictures of this colorful science experiment. Great work, Atoms!

You’re in Luck - Fire-Breathing Artwork!

Utica Academy of Science elementary Atoms create dragon artwork using a variety of materials in honor of the Chinese culture.

Monday, January 4th, 2021When people think of dragons sometimes they relate it to fairy tales, fantasy and science fiction novels, movies, children stories and so much more. But, did you know that in the Chinese culture, dragons are viewed as a symbol of luck? Earlier this month, the Utica Academy of Science elementary students were studying how various cultures celebrate the new year. In honor of the Chinese culture, the students created some pretty awesome fire-breathing dragon artwork. Click here to view their masterpieces!

Target Heart Rate Challenge

Utica Academy of Science High School students will be participating in a Target Heart Rate Challenge in their physical education class.

Friday, January 15th, 2021Who else is pumped for this next challenge at Utica Academy of Science high school? In two-weeks, the students will be participating in a Target Heart Rate Challenge for their physical education class. Atoms will be tasked with creating a maximum heart rate goal they would like to achieve. Below is additional information regarding maximum heart rate, target heart rate and goal suggestions for the challenge.

What is maximum heart rate? When people are exercising or participating in any physical activity, the goal is to get your Heart Rate as close to your Maximum Heart Rate as possible, otherwise known as your Target Heart Rate. Below are some Maximum Heart Rate Goals to achieve when you are exercising. These are determined based on your exercising habits and physical activity.

Maximum Heart Rate Goals

  • Just Starting Exercising: Your goal should be to try and get to 50-60% of your Maximum Heart Rate
  • Daily Exercising: Your goal should be to try and get to 65-75% of your Maximum Heart Rate
  • Great Shape: Your goal should be to try and get to 80-85% of your Maximum Heart Rate

For this challenge, students will set their Maximum Heart Rate goals. No matter the goal in mind, being physically active and exercising is important to your heart, mind and body.

Click here to watch a quick video from high school teacher, Mr. Wagner who will introduce the Target Heart Rate Challenge. Good luck, Atoms with your upcoming Target Heart Rate Challenge!

Weekly Challenge

Utica Academy of Science elementary school students compete in a Weekly Challenge in which they complete Minute-To-Win-It activities using everyday household items.

Friday, January 15th, 2021Utica Academy of Science Elementary School students said ‘challenge accepted’ when tasked with completing Minute-To-Win-It activities using everyday household items. This past week, students participated in the ‘Underhand Toss Basket’ challenge, in which the goal was to make the basket at each of the five markers in one minute or less. Click here to watch the video of one of our two students who were able to successfully complete the challenge. Please stay tuned for more Weekly Challenge videos and updates.

Friday Fun with Minecraft Art from Miss Cavo’s Class

Utica Academy of Science elementary students in Miss Cavo’s class participated in a directive drawing exercise where they drew Minecraft’s Creeper character.

Friday, January 15th, 2021Utica Academy of Science Atoms in Miss Cavo’s class participated in a directive drawing exercise where they drew the character, ‘Creeper’ from the hit game Minecraft. Check out these awesome drawings! Looks like we may have a few artists and or gamers in the midst. Keep up the great work, Atoms!

High School Atoms Participate in the 1619 Project

Utica Academy of Science high school students participate in the New York Time’s 1619 Project for their history class. Students were tasked with creating quote galleries of their chosen article.

Thursday, January 14th, 2021Utica Academy of Science high school students were recently studying the Abolition Movement in United States History. As part of a class project the students participated in the New York Time’s 1619 Project. For the project, Atoms read articles and created quote galleries that depicted the theme, mood and message of their chosen article. Please head to our Facebook page to view more images of the Atoms work for their class project.

Snowman Building Contest Results are In!

Amar Halimanovic, 1st place winner, poses next to his snowman he built for the Utica Academy of Science National Honors Society’s first-ever Snowman Building Contest.

Thursday, December 31st, 2020Prior to kicking off the Utica Academy of Science National Honor Society’s first-ever Snowman Building Contest, we asked the Atoms one important question, “Do you want to build a snowman?” As it turns out, from an overwhelming amount of entries over the Winter Recess, the answer was in fact, yes they do want to build a snowman! Thank you to all who participated in this competition. We had many amazing entries that were festive, creative and unique. These snowmen certainly helped spread joy throughout the greater Utica community. Please see the results below from the Snowman Building Contest. Visit our Facebook page to view the pictures of the winners of this year’s competition.

Snowman Building Contest Results

  • 1st Place: Amar Halimanovic
  • 2nd Place: Abrar Alharbi
  • 3rd Place: Dzana Borovic
  • Honorable Mention: Muhamed Allyawah

Emeritus Engineer Speaks with High School Atoms

Retired engineer and board member of the MOST, virtual spoke about his engineering career to the high school students at Utica Academy of Science Charter School.

Friday, December 18th, 2020Utica Academy of Science high school gave a warm Atoms welcome to an Emeritus Engineer, Howard Hollander, who spoke with the students about his impressive engineering career and community involvement.

Without engineers, science is just philosophy, a quote in his presentation. Mr. Hollander spoke about what exactly it takes to become an engineer, the education required and various paths students would be able to explore with an engineering degree. When asked what was his proudest career moment, he responded with, "kids I've mentored. My legacy is hand selecting people for the Leadership Development program."

Mr. Hollander currently serves as a board member for The MOST. He is the President Emeritus of Technology Alliances of Central New York, and is a retired engineer from Lockheed Martin.

Thank you, Mr. Hollander for taking the time out of your busy schedule to come and speak with our Atoms and future engineers!

UAS ES December Coffee Talk Meeting Recap

Utica Academy of Science elementary school hosted its virtual December Coffee Talk where they discussed the importance and structure of the STAR Assessment.

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020Utica Academy of Science elementary school hosted its virtual December Coffee Talk earlier this month. Families Zoomed in and learned the importance of the STAR Assessment, its structure and how they can help best prepare their Atom to be successful for their upcoming test. If you were unable to attend, it's okay! Please stay tuned for our January Coffee Talk. This is a great opportunity for you to learn and discuss important topics, valuable resources, experiences and so much more to help deepen and grow the school community. We hope you can join us in January!

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