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AP Biology Lab Kit
A look into science labs during remote learning
September 11, 2020
A look into science labs during remote learning

AP Physics C stands to benefit from new TI-Nspires

The new class set of TI-Nspire graphing calculators stand in their chargers in AP Physics C teacher Jim Birdsong's classroom. Photo by Alyssa Umino.
Class set of graphing calculators purchased to thwart cheating in AP Physics C
September 9, 2019
Class set of graphing calculators purchased to thwart cheating in AP Physics C

Climbing the ladder: Two MVHS students qualify for and compete in prestigious physics olympiad

Students earn awards for their test rankings on the USAPhO exam
May 14, 2019

The United States National Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) is a prestigious exam administered by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) that tests high school students on physics concepts and theories...

The Class of 2020 recount their silver linings and worst moments of junior year

The Class of 2020 recount their silver linings and worst moments of junior year
A look into the Class of 2020's "gold coins" and downsides of the year
May 14, 2019
A look into the Class of 2020's "gold coins" and downsides of the year

Students prepare for the second round of the Physics Olympiad

Students prepare for the second round of the Physics Olympiad
The experiences of those who passed the F=ma Exam
March 13, 2019

Nothing. That was what junior Jacob Nie felt after he qualified for the USA Physics Olympiad (USAPhO) for the second time in a row. After scoring a 22 out of 25 on the preliminary F=ma exam, Nie wasn’t...

A funhouse for all: Science teacher Julie Choi implements stress relievers in the classroom

A funhouse for all: Science teacher Julie Choi implements stress relievers in the classroom
Science teacher Julie Choi provides items in her classroom for stress relief
January 27, 2019
Science teacher Julie Choi provides items in her classroom for stress relief

Retake remake

Retake remake
Teachers explain their motives behind offering opportunities for improvement
November 5, 2018

Almost every student is familiar with the sensation of receiving horrible scores for a test they studied really hard for. The gut-sinking feeling comes accompanied by a subsequent frantic search for a...

Exams in motion

Exams in motion
Physics teachers and students discuss the effects of AP Physics 1 assessments and their weighting
October 15, 2018

Sophomore Upasana Dilip stared into her computer screen, reading and rereading a clump of questions from a past Calculus exam. She yawned before looking down at her notes, desperately scanning the numbers...

Separated in Physics classroom

Illustration by Elizabeth Han
October 20, 2017

hen Physics teacher Jim Birdsong displayed the new seating chart on the screen in his AP Physics C class, some students happily embraced their new group mates while others groaned, bidding farewell...

Spinning homopolar motors teach Science National Honor Society members about electromagnetism

Spinning homopolar motors teach Science National Honor Society members about electromagnetism
October 28, 2016

hen the copper wire began to spin all on its own, the room was awed. On Oct. 24, Science National Honors Society held their second lab this year in B101. This month, the club was exploring the different...

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed

Science department changes for 2015-16 school year are reviewed
May 20, 2016

rom involving chemistry, history and other classes in the Martian Deconstructed event to the new chromebooks in classrooms, the 2015-16 school year has brought several new policies, events and classes....

Physics students take part in annual egg drop project

Physics students take part in annual egg drop project
December 8, 2015

Around this time of the year, MVHS physics students take part in the egg drop project — a common project done in physics classes all over the country. The egg drop project allows students to put their...

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