Students go beyond in science

HANDING A DRONE DEVICE to Cate DeRemee was Spencer McEntyre as high school students conducted science experiments in the pool at Grand Ely Lodge. Photo by Tom Coombe.

Exciting things are happening in science at Ely High School.
With financial support from the James Musich memorial and guidance from science instructor, Bo DeRemee, several students are pursuing projects beyond the scope of the traditional science curriculum.
DeRemee said “My goal is to create an environment that students can explore science areas of their interest and learn skills that are too detailed to teach in the traditional science class.”
There are currently four student projects. The students involved work during their advisory period and after school. The four projects are “Submarine Drone”, “Rockets”, “Radio Controlled Airplane”, and “Zooplankton Monitoring of Area Lakes.”
Each project focuses on specific learning.
Building the drone submarine, from a kit, taught the students to use acrylic welding techniques, soldering, computer interfacing and programming.
The rocket project has students constructing rocket engines and creating ignition systems.
With the radio controlled airplane project, students are learning basic DC circuitry, Lipo battery charging, soldering and troubleshooting numerous computer/sensor issues.
The students also ran a series of tests to determine the best propeller for the airplane.
On the biology end of the things, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service students are identifying and cataloging zooplankton from area lakes. Water samples are collected weekly from Shagawa and Fall lakes.
Students are becoming very adept with microscopy and photo-microscopy. This project with the help of Ely Community Resources (ECR) will continue throughout the summer and will be a part of a St. Louis County project monitoring lakes for invasive species.
The submarine’s first test sinking happened earlier this month in the pool of the Grand Ely Lodge.
Team members Spencer McEntyre, pilot of the sub, Augie Richter, co-pilot, Izaak Nosbisch, and Josh Heiman put the sub through its paces via the computer. The physics class and instructor Bo DeRemee watched in awe as the sub flawlessly performed its controlled movement through the water.
Without funding through the Ely Educational Foundation our EHS students would not have these opportunities. Contributions are welcome. Donations can be sent to the Ely Educational Foundation at P.O. Box 373, Ely, MN, 55731.