Halstead Academy hosts a Magnet Showcase Extravaganza


Science and art came to life as Halstead Academy held a Magnet Showcase Extravaganza on October 8 involving members of its dynamic Magnet Advisory Board.

Formed during the 2012-2013 school year, the Magnet Advisory Board is comprised of experts in science and art who are interested in supporting the magnet program to new levels and ensuring that, upon graduation, Halstead students excel in science and art. Board members attending the Magnet Showcase Extravaganza toured the school with student tour guides.
Halstead Academy Magnet Board member Jim O'Leary, the director of the Maryland Science Center Davis Planetarium and IMAX, engaged Grade 4 students in a science investigation to learn the relative distance of the planets from the sun. He also prepared the Halstead students for their October 9 visit to the Maryland Science Center and planetarium show "We Are Aliens."

All Grade 5 students worked with Randallstown High School bio-medical magnet students and Halstead Magnet Advisory Board member Dr. Mary Stapleton, director of the Bioscience Education and Outreach program at Towson University, on a DNA fruit extraction investigation in preparation for the yearlong Randallstown High - Halstead Academy Internship/Mentorship program.

During the DNA extraction investigation, Halstead student Alayiah Rucker said," What an awesome day at Halstead Academy!"

Throughout the morning, Laura Genello from the Johns Hopkins Livable Futures Program educated students about aquaculture.


In correlation with the Grade 3 "Saving the Bay" unit, students learned about the writing process with "Chadwick the Crab" author Priscilla Cummings. Funded by the Farm Bureau, the AG Products lab was at Halstead not only during the Magnet Showcase event but for the entire week.

The arts flourished with BCPS dance resource teacher Sonia Synkowski who worked with Grade 1 students as they learned the role of a scientist utilizing movement.

Lee Butler, computer scientist from the Department of Defense STEM initiative, worked with students on the science of 3-D movie making.

The Magnet Showcase highlighted all of the school's STEM initiatives, authentic learning opportunities, partnerships formed and field trips taken throughout the year that enrich and extend the existing BCPS curriculum instilling in the Halstead Academy student body a love for science and the arts.

Story and photos submitted by Susie Peeling, Magnet Coordinator, Halstead Academy.
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