Grade 7 Science Catapults

Grade 7 Science teachers, Mr. Margenau and Dr. Frazier brought their students to the makerspace today to build catapults. The goal in building the catapults was accuracy and not distance. Students implemented the Design-Thinking process of planning, testing, modifying, testing, modifying…etc. Students will use their catapults next week to test their accuracy in launching clay balls!

Butterflies on Campus

Has anyone noticed the beautiful butterflies that are frequenting the garden outside of the Middle School Field? I probably wouldn’t have seen them myself just walking around the campus. Dr. Frazier had his camera out and was zooming in close to snap a few pictures with two of his students. This caused me to slow down and observe the garden more closely. We are very fortunate to be learning on a campus with such incredible nature. I always enjoy reading Dr. Frazier’s communications to the school community about the trees that are in bloom, or the species that co-exist with us here at AES. I’ll share his most recent blurb about the butterfly garden that was started by students.

“Toward the end of the last school year, a section of Science 7 presented a proposal to the administrative team to establish a butterfly patch on the school yard. With their own research and with some consultation from naturalists with the Conservation Education Centre / Bombay Natural History Society at Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, the choice was made to establish nectar and larval host plants near the waterfall area at Gate 2. Plantings were done in July and will continue. Yesterday on the way back from our first evacuation drill, a student who was in the class that wrote the proposal spotted a Red Pierrot <>. The amaranth flowers are said to be a favorite nectar plant for the RP and bryophyllum, which has been planted in the patch, is a host plant species for RP larvae. (Many, many thanks to the facilities team and gardening staff for enhancing the educational, environmental, and aesthetic value of our lovely campus.) If anyone is so inclined, please do note any butterfly species you see on the campus, and send pictures. It would be good to monitor the diversity.” 

Dr. Richard Frazier





Earth Week 2017

Each year, the AES Middle School celebrates Earth Day in some manner. This year we will be hosting a March for Science on campus on Friday, April 21st. We’d love to invite you to celebrate with us!

Interested in joining us? Read on for more information.

Logo design by: Marin Hirono & Ritvik Kumar

March for Science at AES
What: March for Science
When: Friday, April 21st, 10:00-10:20 am
Where: Starting at the MS Field and ending at the Tiger Turf (see map attachment)
Why: To advocate and raise awareness about Environmental Literacy
Who: Anyone in our AES community.
What to Wear: All guests are encouraged to wear green, as we will take a photo at the Tiger Turf upon completion of the March.
Hashtags: Official March for Science — #sciencemarch and AES March for Science — #aessciencemarch
Questions? Contact Alexa Schmid at

Map of the March for Science. Start at the MS Field & End at the Tiger Turf.

Official Earth Day Theme
This year, the Earth Day Network has partnered with the March for Science (#sciencemarch)​. The theme for this year’s official event on April 22​nd​ is Environmental and Climate Literacy. At AES, that will mean building on our strong science curricular foundation, encouraging our students to think about the environmental issues that are important to them, and helping our students find a way to actively be ‘responsible, compassionate global citizens’.

More Details
Next week, students will be working across disciplines and in advisory classes – choosing an environmental topic that’s important to them and creating art, poetry, video etc. to share their enthusiasm with others.

Please enjoy this short video that our student Green Team created.


Earth Day 2016

In the middle school we celebrated with the theme of Celebrate Earth: Everything is Connected by having an Earth Day ET (Enrichment Time).

Our guiding questions were:

  • How is one population connected to the health of an entire ecosystem?
  • How can one population influence the physical geography of an area?

We divided the ET into 2 parts: a campus tour led by 7th graders and an activity in the HOP. Students were organized by advisory, and each advisory was paired with other advisories from the different grade levels.

Campus Tour:
Our seventh grade students were the leaders of the campus tour. In science class, seventh grade students had conducted a field study. They then reflected on what question(s) they had, what they did, what they saw, what ideas they have now, as well as the things they saw that they had never noticed before. From this discussion 7th grade students developed activities and a tour of various areas around campus with the 6th & 8th grade advisories that they were partnered with.

Activity in HOP:
We then learned about the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. In 1926, the wolf population was virtually wiped out. In 1973, wolves were listed as “Endangered”. From 1995-1997, 41 wild wolves released in Yellowstone, and by 2015 there are now 100+ wolves in Yellowstone. Students then watched the incredible video below to understand how wolves can have an impact on the entire eco-system, including the rivers!

Students rounded out the indoor activity by playing a fun game of Kahoot game show in small advisory groups, and ended with howling like wolves.

Students will continue to discuss these topics in their science classes over the coming week, as our goal is to celebrate Earth Day every day! Enjoy the photos below.

Create Your Own Elective

Imagine you have 85 minutes every other day to learn about something you were really passionate about. What would you spend that time learning? Coding? Movie-making? Writing a story? In this elective, students have that opportunity. In C.Y.O., students design and manage their own learning experiences with guidance from Mr. Kuehn. After identifying their interests, Mr. Kuehn and the student locate resources to help develop a plan, connect with mentors and experts, and design a way to showcase the work. 

This week, Akira Douglas and Nahuel Jimenez Pol shared their Experiments with Liquid Dynamics. Check out the video below. Enjoy!

Hot Air Balloons in Science 7!!

Lots of excitement today as the first class of 7th grade scientists launched their handmade hot air balloons in the middle of the MS Social set up!  Why do the balloons rise? Why do they fall? Does the amount of time exposed to hot air make a difference?  Great thinking and hands-on discovery happening, mixed in with a lot of fun!