9th Grade English Launches You and the World!

Red and Orange 9th grade English students have begun their You and the World projects!  This year-long project asks students to take an interest in local, national, or international issues that they are willing to learn more about. They develop a passion for research, relay that knowledge and passion to others, and seek to educate themselves and those around them via public writing and a service component. 

Fueled by essential questions like, Why is this world issue important to me? How can I be a global citizen? How can change occur?, students will become "agents of change" for their issues in the Spring when they choose to do volunteer work, perform a civic action, or spread awareness through presentations and activities in our school community (including The Franklin Institute).

Students craft a series of blogs about their experiences going through the You and the World process. Please click on Red Stream  Orange Stream to read and comment on their first round posts. They would love to hear from you!!



Amy Farrell 
Lisa Kang
Peter Ricker 
Aaron Tang 

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Respiration blog

In Bio-Chem we learned about respiration and photosynthesis.  After we learned everything we got into groups of four and we picked a paper out of a beaker.  The paper either said photosynthesis or respiration and our mission was to make a presentation about that.  My group got respiration.  While on this unit we learned about the different functions of respiration and our slides shows our learning.  One thing that I learned that I didn't know before was that all most all living creatures use respiration.We  also learned about the equation of respiration and the mitochondria which is where respiration happens.  We also learned about glucose.  If I was to change one thing about our slide is that I wish I could put audio over my presentation.  I could not figure out a way to do that.

Respiration Presentation: Presented by Gabrielle Kreidie

In Bio Chemistry, each table came together and made their very own PowerPoint presentation either for respiration or photosynthesis. My table and I got the  topic of respiration. We studied respiration inside human beings and learned "a lot". After a week of making this presentation to the best of our ability we finished this presentation for the whole world to find. 

We already knew about respiration since we studied the topic of respiration for many class periods. Our job was to go deeper and figure out the tough questions. For example: why do we breathe? Not all questions and answers made it into our presentation but we got the basics. Next time we may want to make the presentation as deep as we found so that people would be able to find out more and more. 

Never the less, I present to you the PowerPoint presentation on respiration by Tomas Arango, Quinn Grzywinski, Niah Lambo, and myself, Gabrielle Kreidie. Enjoy!


Respiration Story

Hi my name is Niah Lombo and I go to Science Leadership Academy. Recently in Bio-Chem 9 we were studying the process of respiration and photosynthesis. We made a slideshow about respiration and its function in living organisms. Me and my team ended up making a detailed slide show containing all the facts of respiration.

We learned many new things while working on this slideshow. We learned how energy is transferred and where respiration occurs. I wish we would have been more creative when designing our slideshow, but I am happy with the finished product.

Respiration Lesson by Tomas,Ellie,Niah, and Quinn

Recently in Bio-Chem 9 we were studying the process of respiration and photosynthesis. We made a slideshow about respiration and its function in living organisms. We wanted to learn more than the simple information about respiration and dig deeper in its meaning. We began working and researching respiration and its function, equation, energy transfer, and the vocabulary. We ended up with a detailed slide show containing all the facts of respiration.

We learned many new things while working on this slideshow. We learned how energy is transferred and where respiration occurs. It was a topic that greatly interested me and I enjoyed learning about it. I wish we would have been more creatie when designing our slideshow, but I am happy with the finished product.

Respiration Lesson:

Hello my name is Quinn Grzywinski, and I'm a ninth grader at Science Leadership academy in Philadelphia. This is a project for my Bio-Chem 9 class; we had to make a story about respiration and learn the ins and outs of the functions of respiration. 

A major thing we wanted to learn was more than what the typical chap does, which is air comes in, energy comes out. An interesting thing I personally learned during this experience was how big a part the mitochondria plays in respiration, being the main organelle that lets respiration possible. While I don't have any real regrets about how the presentation turned out, I kinda wish that we were a little more creative with our presentation, perhaps adding audio or some kind of creative practice. 
             The equation of respiration.......... 

Wheeling our way to a better SEPTA

Made by Brycen Itzko, Micah Getz, Jian Zhang, and Molly Olshin, but inspired and built off the backs of a whole sympathetic community. Thank you to all who helped us get this far, and we hope that we can roll farther still. 

You and the World Project - Blog #1 - Teens and Technology

Hi! My name is Katarina Backo and I am a ninth grader at Science Leadership Academy. I am doing a project for my English class about an issue that concerns me, and I have to write three blogs about it. This is my first blog in this series. My issue involves play time, and how technology impacts children’s activity and therefore their lives. I am an artistic, athletic person connected with my family and happy about it. I wish that everybody could have the happiness I have, but I think that wrong use of technology prevents that. Hope you’ll enjoy reading my ideas.

When given the choice, more kids and teens now will pick to use a smartphone over a ball. Everyday, I witness that not too many teens use abundant free teen programs that exist in Philadelphia. In my branch of YMCA I am one of handful of teens practicing sports on regular basis. Assuming that people are different I understand that they don’t like sports. I also attend many other activities such as The Mural Arts Program, PAFA Sunday art program for families, and Free Library of Philadelphia workshops for kids and teens, story time, karaoke parties, Science in the Summer and Summer Reading Program. Everywhere I named there are just a handful of teens as well. Where are they? Are they not informed? The most recent study by Pew Research published by LA Times says that 95% of Americans think libraries are important. Why did I not see any teens there?

To my advantage, I recently saw a picture of how children played few decades ago and how they play now.

As shown on the picture there is much less action!

Few decades ago, they were outside playing games all together. I guess that, as shown on the picture, now they are on their iPods and smartphones playing games alone. According to the latest Pew Research on teens and technology:

  • 78% of teens now have a cell phone, and almost half (47%) of those own smartphones. That translates into 37% of all teens who have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011.

  • One in four teens (23%) have a tablet computer, a level comparable to the general adult population.

  • Nine in ten (93%) teens have a computer or have access to one at home. Seven in ten (71%) teens with home computer access say the laptop or desktop they use most often is one they share with other family members.

In my opinion, not only that overuse of technology prevents socializing and learning from others in a real world setting, it also prevents much needed physical activity. In other words teens always use technology for everything and therefore they are not interested in arts, sports, books, family, nor spending time outside.


Playing outside nowadays!!!

According to New York Times, Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and one of the world’s leading brain scientists said, “The technology is rewiring our brains.” Do we want to have our brains rewired? “Research is scant on the behavioral and developmental effects of technology on youth.” as said by Washington Post. However, existing research confirmed that technology ruins the ability to focus on a particular task, which I am able to notice all around. On the other side, “A 2012 University of Washington study noted that teens in general considered their rather high level of connectivity as necessary for effective cultural development and to prevent social isolation.” Pew Research survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization.

No matter where the truth is, the big companies always get their big bucks. “Apple and Google tout their mobile devices as revolutionary tools for learning and fun - and helpful distractions for the modern parent.” Parents use that distraction to be able to finish some of their daily activities. I can see that in my little sister as well. She, like all little children is a little copycat, and she does everything we do. This graph shows what children can copy. 

I love technology as well, but I think that everything should be balanced.

To view the site I got my pictures from, please click here.

To read my Annotated Bibliography, please click here.   

Septa Wasn't The Same

Have you ever wondered why you tend to always fall on the bus? If you answered yes to that 
(even if you answered no, keep reading) then you should watch this video about 
Sir Isaac Newton's Law's of Motions.. In particular his first law of motion. We created
a video that throughly explains the wonderful physics behind the wheels on the bus going
round and round. We are addressing Septa drivers in particular so they can be cautious
to keep passengers safe.
Yours truly,
M Money and the boyz