Challenge America – Lasers, Lights & Lenses
Sherman Junior High School students took part in multiple sessions with University of Charleston’s Dr. Juliana Serafin and photographer Meredith (Kayte) Brannon where they explored lasers, lights and lenses. Students learned about reflecting and refracting of light, experimented with fiber optic Jell-o, tested lenses and color filters, and bounced light and lasers using mirrors. Students concluded their experiment with an art session where they used open shutter photography to make “light paintings.” By experimenting with LED lights and lasers, students made movements while their partner held open a digital camera shutter, creating unique works of art.


Actress Leah Turley worked with students to explore the art of stagecraft.
 Through their work, students gained valuable self-confidence and communication skills – all while having an absolute blast performing!  Verbal skills, creative and logical thinking and innovation all came into play as students worked together in cooperative groups.


It is Rocket Science! 
NASA-trained rocket man William Rouse challenged students to engineer, modify and launch their own water rockets.
 Students worked in teams and shared their observations and opinions as they worked cooperatively to create a successful (and colorful!) rocket for the big launch.


Exploring Journalism
With the help of Charleston Gazette reporter, Sara Busse, and photographer Kenny Kemp, students explored journalism, interview techniques, creative writing and journalism photography. Students wrote their own articles – all of which appeared in the Charleston Gazette! 


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