River Analysts

Brady Middle School sixth-graders Noah Rice, from left, Justin Bilsky, Dora Russo and Finn Cork take a closer look as they assess the quality of their water sample from the Cuyahoga River. Other activities included observation and exploration of rock formations and waterfalls as part of a discussion about the physics behind erosion.

Environmental science exploration

Earlier this month, Brady Middle School sixth-graders had the opportunity to engage in hands-on exploration of their science curriculum as part of the annual Environmental Education at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Throughout the week, students were guided by Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center staff members who encouraged them to think outside the box while setting up challenges so the students could discover for themselves how nature evolves.

Students experienced a “watershed walk” where they interpreted geological and cultural changes and a “journey to the river” where they participated in water quality testing, observed ecosystem changes and examined causes of pollution. Students worked together to determine the quality of the Cuyahoga River by testing the turbidity, phosphates and dissolved oxygen levels of water samples.

Thespians to perform war play

The Orange High School Thespians present a performance of the play “Times of War” by Eric Lane in the high school auditorium, on the Orange schools campus at 32000 Chagrin Blvd. in Pepper Pike, on Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. This award-winning play tells the story of one woman’s struggles set against the backdrop of four wars – from World War II to the present. “Times of War” is written in four sections filled with romance, drama and a shocking crime. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Students showcase STEM

Brady Middle School Fab Lab Students designed and built a backdrop panel that showcased what STEM meant to them. The installation was a highlight at the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice held at Great Lakes Science Center on Oct. 21-23. The Brady students spent weeks building the backdrop panel for the GLSC.

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