Stone Princess Gophers Receive Bid

Congratulations to the Stone Princess Gophers; they are on their way to regionals! They are a team that embodies the Florida Lego League (FLL) experience, by fully embracing the Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project.

On Saturday, December 4, 2010, the Stone Princess Gophers competed in the Westside FLL Regional Qualifying Tournament at Westside Elementary in Palm Bay!

They won a bid to the Florida State FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship, that will be held in late January 2011. They are one of 96 teams that will earn its way to the Florida Regional Competitions. This is a great accomplishment as there are 350 FLL teams in Florida this year!!!


Congratulations Princess Gophers!! We are so PROUD of you!!

Congratulations to the STONE PRINCESS GOPHERS!!!!!

On Saturday, November 20th, the Stone Princess Gophers (the All Girl’s LEGO/Robotic Team) competed in their 1st tournament of the season, The Helping Hands FLL State Regional Qualifying Tournament at Ascension Catholic School in Melbourne!

The Stone Princess Gophers did a great job and won the Core Values Award. This award is for Inspiration, Teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism. It celebrates a team that is empowered by their FLL experience and displays extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit. They are able to accomplish more together than they could as individuals through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem solving and excellent time management. They also, show each other and other teams respect at all times. They recognize that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.

Team members are...
Anna B.
Olivia C.
Chelsea R.
Ashley T.

Also, a BIG SPECIAL
THANK YOU to the following who helped mentor and support the girls in getting ready for this tournament and for wearing the Gopher Costume at the tournament, Troy G., Sterlyn M., Troy St. L. and Gabriel W..

CONGRATULATIONS PRINCESS GOPHERS and GOOD LUCK for the rest of the season!!!!!

Choral Talent Recognized @ Stone

Stone Choral Teacher informs us:
I am pleased to announce that 7 Stone students have been selected to be in the 2011 All-State Chorus:
Jessie D.
Colleen K.
Kasi N.
Maddie L.
Leann M.
JR W.
Scott W.

The four students listed below also auditioned, passed both rounds, and scored rather well – some even higher than previous students who have made All-State. Unfortunately, competition was just higher than usual this year for their voice-part/choir.
Xena A.
Seth J.
Hannah M.
Shiloh S.

Playing with the Best

Results have been posted for the All-County Orchestra audition. Nine Stone students prepared music and scales for the audition along with over 170 other students from every middle school in the county. Two Stone students auditioned into the orchestra and should be congratulated for their accomplishment.
Rebecca N. on Violin
Anisa K. for Violin
Anthony C. for Double Bass

Engineers of the Future

Fifty-six Stone Middle School Future Female Engineers participated in the Society of Women Engineers workshop, WOW! That’s Engineering!, at Bayside High School on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

These girls experienced the creativity and innovation of engineering and technology. They met women engineers and technologists and heard first-hand about these exciting careers.

They participated in hands on projects about design engineering, electronics, chemical and manufacturing engineering, nanotechnology, cryogenic fluids, mechanical and industrial engineering, robotics, thermopolymers, crime scene investigating, and structural design engineering.

The girls spent the day creating, designing, learning, and having fun by constructing desserts, recreating prototypes, making cosmetics, building and launching catapults, programming robots, lifting fingerprints, taking apart and looking inside small electrical appliances, and many other exciting activities.

It was a FANTASTIC day for all!!!

You should visit our
picture gallery to see the girls learning and having fun!

A special huge THANK YOU to the Society of Women Engineers Space Coast Section for providing registration sponsorships and bus transportation for the girls who attended from Stone Middle School!

National Junior Honor Society Elects Officers

Congratulations are in order for these fine young ladies and gentleman as the 2010-2011 National Junior Honor Society Officers. Elected by their peers, these students are leading the leaders at our school!

President- Lilli M.
Vice President- Maggie M.
Recording Secretary- Rebecca N.
Corresponding Secretary- Stephanie R.
Treasurer- Natalie B.
Historian- Reem S.

The 2010 Boys Basketball Teams

Congratulations to Stone’s 2010 Boys BasketBall Teams!
7th Grade
Logan F.Darius A.Nick E.Chase J.H.Shadiah T
8th Grade
Joey M.Stephon W.Josh R.Matt G.Jordan W.
Eli F.Keith M.Charles M.R.J. T.Tionne W.
Anthony C.Jalen B.TeQuan R.

3/5 of County Speech Competition's 1st Place Awards Go to Stone

Our students did an outstanding job representing Stone Middle School at the County Speech Competition this past Saturday. Of the 11 students from Stone who participated, 7 of them won superior titles. There are five speech categories, and Stone students won first place superior titles in three out of five of those categories. Our Gophers looked good.







Adam J. & John M. - Superior Humorous Interpretation

Ethan S. - Superior Serious Interpretation

Angela C. - Superior Persuasive Speech

William H. - FIRST PLACE COUNTY SUPERIOR
Humorous Interpretation

Lilli M. - FIRST PLACE COUNTY SUPERIOR
Serious Interpretation

Lexy J. - FIRST PLACE COUNTY SUPERIOR
Impromptu Speech


It was a good year for Stone.

National Junior Honor Society & BETA Club Induction

Students with outstanding efforts in scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character were inducted to the National Junior Honor Society and/or the National Junior Beta Club on April 28th, 2010. The pictures accompanying this article include pictures of the NJHS working on the planters in our school courtyard. They weeded, cleaned up trash and planted flowers as a service project. All of Stone benefits from their beautification efforts. Thanks!

Congratulations to all that qualified and keep up the great work!


NJHS Inductees
3.5 Grade Point Average
All Behavior Grades: S
exceptional characteristics:
scholarship, service,
leadership, citizenship,
and character
teacher recommendations
Tristan A.
Paul A. II
Natalie B.
Nicole C.
Cameron C.
Alexa D.
Amber G.
William H. IV
Alexis J.
Seth J.
Colleen K.
Anisa K.
Cleo K.
Milan L.
Victoria L.
Joreimy M.-R.
Judy Maggi M.
Sarah Lilli M.
Alex M.
Killian M.
Rebecca N.
Hailie O.
Sylvia O.
Kaycee P.
Nicholas P.
Cecil P.
Stephanie R.
Benjamin R.
Brittany R.
Rochelle R.
Veronica R.
Reem S.
Ja’naisha S.
Dominique S.
Cornesha S.
Shaquille S.
Chelsea S.
Joanna T.-J.
Hyrum Von N.
Piper W.
Timothy W.
Joseph W.








Beta Club Inductees
Beta - 3.0 Grade Point Average
All Behavior Grades: S
exceptional characteristics:
leadership, service,
and citizenship
teacher recommendations
Tristan A.
Natalie B.
Joshua B.
Patrick B.
Amber B.
Dylan B.
John C.
Nicole C.
Cameron C.
Olivia C.
Alexa D.
Troy G.
Karman H.
William H. IV
Alexis J.
Seth J.
Colleen K.
Cleo K.
Winfield L.
Rokaria L.
Milan L.
Ciera L.
Victoria L.
Luis M.
Judy Maggi M.
Sarah Lilli M.
Alex M.
Killian M.
Malasia M.
Rebecca N.
Hailie O.
Sylvia O.
Katia P.
Nicholas P.
Cecil P.
Stephanie R.
Moesha R.
Ivanna R.
Reem S.
Celina S.
Dominique S.
Victoria S.
Cornesha S.
Jordan S.
Chelsea S.
Toby S.
Ashley T.
Annastasia V.
Joseph W.

Broadway at Stone Middle School!


Ms. Rock and her chorus classes held open auditions in March for the 4th Annual School Musical. Following the auditions, they spent several week’s learning, practicing their parts and rehearsing. This year there were over 50 students involved in the musical, theatric extravaganza Beauty and the Beast!

The students and Ms. Rock seem to top their previous year’s efforts at producing an entertaining and talented rendition of a fully staged, costumed musical!

Results from eCybermission 2010

Stone has two winning regional eCybermission teams! These students deserve a hearty congratulations– this is a highly competitive national event. These teams competed against thousands of students from 12 SE states as well as students from Department of Defense’s schools in Europe and the Pacific.

Our 7th grade Team Strikers won 2nd place in the Southeast Region for their project on bacterial contamination. Each team member will receive $3,000 in savings bonds.
Team Striker members:
Natalie B.
Jessie D.
Colleen K.

Our 8th grade group, Team SOAR, has won Best application of Science for the Southeast Region for their project on alternative energy. Each team member will receive $2,000 in savings bonds.
Team SOAR members:
CJ B.
Judy R.
Ryan R.
Taylor S.

Behold the Beauty of Art @Stone!

Ms. Targee-Heid always makes Stone shine with her talented art students.
At the popular Melbourne Art Festival April 24th, 8 pieces were specially selected for display in two categories:


2-D Art Category:
Dakota "Ron" W. Random Shapes? First Place
Victoria S. Forgotten Bronze
Veronica R. Laces Lost in Lovely Land
Ellen S. Motorcycle Wheel

3-D Art Category;
Savannah F. The Act of Thinking
Third Place
Ellen S. Seeds of Thought
Niki C. Self Portrait
Honorable Mention
Taylor C. (Clay) The Stuff of Fairy Tales and Nightmares

Congratulations also to the individual Stone students who submitted their efforts in the 2-D Category:
Alejandra L.
Ellen S.
Jerilyn F.
Veronica R.
Laurel C.

Book Bashers!

Stone Middle School would like to congratulate these students for winning Outstanding Ribbons & Awards
for Book Quest & Reader's Theatre: Colleen K. (Narrator), Joanna T., & Jazmyne L.

Excellent Effort by Pre-Algebra and Algebra Teams @ County Competition!

Seventh Grade Mathematics Teacher Ms. Jameer tells us, “I am happy to announce that Stone's Pre-Algebra team won the 3rd place trophy in the Bowl (speed) round of the Secondary Math Tournament in Viera on Saturday. They competed against all of the pre-algebra teams in Brevard County!”
Andrew O.
Vinnie V.
Rachel V.
Hyrum V.

I'm equally as proud of our Algebra I team. They exuded dedication, perseverance, and great team spirit.


Chris G.
Anisa K.
Milan L.
Rebecca N.

Reena #3 in the State Geography Bee

Reena E.
Stone’s Social Studies Department Chair, Ms. Ramirez brings us news that:
Reena E. fought her way to Third Place in the State Geography Bee.

101 of the State’s top Geography Students met in Jacksonville on Friday to compete for a chance to participate in the National Geography Bee.

As a sponsor, I was able to watch Reena compete in the preliminaries. Reena was the only girl in a room with 19 other students. She was the only student in the room to get all 8 questions correct in the competition. Only three other students besides her had no incorrect answers. That meant that Reena was in the finals. Reena was the only girl out of the ten finalists.

When the finals began, Reena was awesome answering some really tough questions. This years state competition was harder than any other I’ve seen in the past. Everyone who has done it for years agrees. When all was said and done, Reena ended up in third place. The two questions that eliminated her were VERY tough. I wouldn’t have answered them correctly.

She received a t-shirt, a hard back atlas from National Geographic, another atlas, a check for some money, and a very nice bag.

Everyone should be EXTREMELY proud of her accomplishment. She has represented herself and Stone Middle very well.

Stone Science Students Place at State Level!

This past week the State Science and Engineering Fair was held in Orlando. Over 1,000 of the top science students from all over Florida came together for 3 days of events including an opening ceremony, student mixers, field trips and competition. Stone research students did extremely well, with all of our students winning awards.

Taylor C. - Recognition Award in Engineering
Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2

Harely D. and Kirra M. - 3rd place in Teams
The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus

Colleen K. - 2nd place in Microbiology
A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts

Killian M. - 3rd place in Biochemistry
The Effects of Temperature on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Fire Fly, Cypridina hilgendorfii

Luis O'D. - 3rd place in Earth and Planetary science
Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals

Lilli Will BE THERE in the Winner's Circle!

Another Stone Student has risen to the challenge to be excellent! Ms. Caro and Ms. McWhinnie’s students wrote essays about the importance of family for a school district contest.

Lilli M. was selected as one of the top three essayists at Stone on this topic. Her essay (and Stone’s other top 2 essays) advanced to compete with other essays from all around Brevard County.


Seventh grader
Lilli received THIRD PLACE, which would be a big honor to receive 3rd amongst other 7th graders... but Lilli was also competing against 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders!


What would you have written?
Think about time you share with your family.

This might include…
eating meals together
traveling or vacations
visiting other family members
simply spending time together

What does “Being There” with your family really mean to you?


Winning Essays will be published in Brevard Public School’s
Mark of Excellence
and may be used as part of the Brevard County Be There Campaign!


You made Stone Proud again Lilli!

Musicians at Stone are SUPERIOR!

The Stone Advanced Band received straight Superior ratings at their Music Performance Assessment (MPA). This is highest possible rating. They performed beautifully with poise and professionalism. A panel of judges listened and critiqued as the group performed. A sight-reading component also assessed the students ability to read and learn music. The superior rating is the result of much hard work and dedication from the advanced band students.

13 Stone band students participated in this year’s Solo and Ensemble (S&E) assessment. 4 students received a rating of “excellent” and 9 received a rating of “superior.” Students prepared the music on their own and performed for a judge. The judge listened and critiqued the performance giving each student a private lesson. This was a great showing for the stone band. All participants are very proud of their efforts and deserve to be congratulated.

Stone Science Research Students Top in the State!



This past weekend, the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences annual conference was held at Indian River State College concurrent with the Florida Academy of Sciences 74th annual meeting. Senior academy scientists judged the junior academy research presentations.


Stone science research students had an incredible showing sweeping all three first places and taking 8 of the 12 junior division place awards!


Junior Biological
1st Place - Luke B.: The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Heart Rate of Water Fleas, Daphnia magna
3rd Place - Colleen K.: A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts

Junior Environmental
1st Place - Jerry C.: A Study of the Herbicidal Effects of Allelopathic Plant Extracts
2nd Place - Anisa K.: A Comparison of the Effects of Seawalls and Perched Beaches on the Amount of Beach Erosion
4th Place - Nicole C.: The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water
Recognition - Ivanna R.: The Effects of Cell Phone Radio Radiation on Fruit Flies,
Drosophilia melanogaster

Junior Physical
1st Place - Christopher H.: The Effects of a Base Isolation Bearing on a Building During Simulated Earthquakes
2nd Place - Austin S.: A Comparison of the Ability of Various Roof Designs to Withstand High Winds
4th Place - Taylor C.: Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2

7th & 8th Grade Girl's Track Teams UNDEFEATED!

The girl's track team completed another undefeated season on March 2nd with a win at Central Middle School. This is the first time in many years that both 7th and 8th grade girls finished the season undefeated. This is the second season year in a row that the 7th grade team was undefeated. The 8th grade girl's have won every meet since coming to Stone led by: Jasmine G., Quinisa G. and Isabel L.. Jasmine G., who ran the 100 meter, 200 meter and anchor leg on the 4x100 relay has won every race in her two years at Stone.

The 7th grade girl's in their first year in middle school track and field proved just as talented as the 8th graders winning every meet. The seventh graders were led by : Tiffany H., Giani S., and Yaneli M..

Like Jasmine, Giani S. did not lose any races that she participated in. The girls displayed a lot of heart and effort by accomplishing the unthinkable: Going UNDEFEATED. There was not one member on the team that was more valued than the other, and it took a team effort to accomplish what they did. It took a team effort from the coaches as well. Without the guidance of Coach Johnson (distance coach) and Coach Heid (field events coach) the undefeated season would not have been possible. Also Coach Kinsel (boy’s sprint coach) played a key role in the girl’s season by helping develop the girls through thorough, intense practices.

This was a dream season, as teams like this don't come around every year.

Chorus & Band Shine With Superiors @ MPA!

38 of Stone’s best vocalists attended a showcase of Brevard County’s Middle Chorus Program. The Stone Middle School Mixed Chorus and Treble Chorus both earned straight Superior ratings for their Music Performance Assessment (MPA) performance at Heritage High School in March. This is the highest rating possible!

50% of FL Junior Academy of Scientists are Stone Students!

Science students from all over Florida submitted their research papers to the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences in hopes of being selected to present their research at the academy’s annual conference.

This year the conference is being held at Indian River State College on March 20th. Stone research students had a remarkable showing, with 15 Stone students being selected to present at the conference –
50% of the students selected state-wide were Stone research students!

The following students will be representing Stone at the annual FJAS conference:

C.J. B.
Luke B.
Taylor C.
Nicole C.
Jerry C.
Jesse D.
Christopher H.
Colleen K.
Anisa K.
Cleo K.
Isabel L.
Kalil M.
Ivanna R.
Austin S.
Taylor S.

Reena Shines Again! Last year 6th place in the State, this year?

Reena E.


For the second year in a row, Reena E. has qualified for the Florida State Geography Bee. In order to qualify, Reena had to be one of the top 100 students in the state on the qualifying exam.

This is a HUGE honor for Reena and Stone. The State Geography Bee will be held on April 9, 2010 in Jacksonville.

Last year, Reena made it to the State Finals and finished 6th in the entire state! WOW!

Please congratulate Reena on her accomplishments and wish her luck on April 9th.




Conclusion of Lego Robotics Season

Stone Robo & Princess Gophers competed Sunday, February 28th at the Florida FLL State Championship.

We had an awesome, long day and the teams did fantastic!

The
Princess Gophers won the Overall Team Spirit Award for rocking the house and making engineering and technology fun, accessible and rewarding. They were very visible in their LEGO crowns cheering for ALL teams. Plus the Princess Gophers had their team picture in the Championship Program.

The
Robo Gophers won an award for being an Outstanding Ambassador Team, they finished in the top 8 teams for Technical/Robot Design, and finished #10 for robot performance.

Two of our team members were honored with individual Gracious Professionalism awards that were handed out throughout the competition by
secret judges who saw the team members doing acts of gracious professionalism. They were awarded a special championship coin and then they
were called up to the front and given Florida FLL Backpacks. Those honored with this award were Anna B. and Gabriel W.-V.

As you see, the Stone
Robo & Princess Gophers had a great day. As always, they represented Stone Middle School in a positive and proud way.

If you have or see any of the team members, please congratulate them on their hard work, dedication to the team and an awesome win!!!!

Team members are...

Anna B.
Csanad B.
Troy G.
Nicholas K.
Keirra K.
Talait N.
Chelsea R.
Ja’naisha S.
David S.
Ashley T.
Steven V.
Kenny W.
Gabriel W.-V.
Dakota W.

Spelling Out Success

Please CONGRATULATE Brandon for being #6 in the county!

On Thursday, February 18th at the Educational Service Facility in Viera, our School Winner, Brandon Bailer,(Ms. R., Lang. Arts) made it to the 8th
Round. There were 93 students participating, representing 93 of Brevard County’s schools.

Brandon was with the LAST remaining 6 students!

ROBO GOPHERS going to the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

CONGRATULATIONS to the ROBO GOPHERS!!!

They’re on their way to the
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!

This past weekend, on Saturday, February 6th, the Stone Robo Gophers competed in the 2nd FLL East Coast Regional Championship at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School! They competed against 24 other schools from all over Florida.

Stone Robo Gophers won Robot Performance 3rd Place and brought home a trophy! This award goes to the team whose robot is able to score the most points pursuing Challenge missions on the competition field. After each team has had a chance to run their robot for a minimum of three rounds, teams are ranked by their highest score in a single round. We had the third highest score and were only 1 little move off of having the highest score of the day.

The team bids for going on to the Florida STATE FIRST LEGO League Championship were also awarded. To move on to State, teams need to score high enough in all 5 categories of Robot Design, Robot Performance Score, Project/Research Presentation, Teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism, to be one of 12 teams with the highest overall scores.
Stone Robo Gophers were chosen to move on to State because of their excellent performances in all 5 of these categories!!!! We are so excited, this is such an awesome accomplishment!

The Florida State FIRST LEGO League Championship will be on Sunday, February 28th at the Clemente Center at Florida Tech. Both the
Robo Gophers and Princess Gophers will be competing against each other and 46 other teams from all over the state of Florida. Florida Tech is just down the street, so you can come out and cheer us on! We would love to have a large supporting audience all dressed in ORANGE & BLACK! I'll send out more info on times and details as it gets closer.

Science Research Students Bring Home More Place Awards Than Any Other School!


This past Friday and Saturday the Brevard South Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Melbourne Square Mall. Over 325 students from both public and private secondary schools participated.

The competition was intense, but Stone students had an outstanding showing taking more place awards than any school. Stone students took 46 place awards!


State Science and Engineering Fair & the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge
The following students won state science fair bids and will be attending the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando April 7-10 and the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge in Orlando March 12-13:
Taylor C.       Harley D.       Kirra M.       Killian M.       Luis O’D.
A State Science and Engineering Fair bid also was awarded to
Colleen K.

Alternate Best of Show for the South Brevard Science and Engineering Fair
Luis O’D.       Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals

Place Awards (by Category)
Animal Science/Zoology
2nd   
Ryan R.       The Effects of Social Interactions on the Electric Fields Produced by the Black Ghost Knife Fish, Apteronotus albifrons
4th
John S.       A Study of Nematodes as a Method of Insect Control: Year 2

Behavioral and Social
2nd   
Isabel L.       The Effects of Noise Pollution on the Behavior and Mortality of Daphnia magna

Biochemistry
1st  
Killian M.       The Effects of Temperature on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Fire Fly, Cypridina hilgendorfii
4th
Vaughne C.-G.       The Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on the Metabolism of Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisae

Chemistry
3rd    
Brianna S.       The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Fingerprint Quality

Computer Science
1st
Carter T.       Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2
2nd   
Dakota W.       Automatic Aquarium: Making an Automated System to Monitor Aquarium Chemistry
4th
Jordon L.       Dragon Attack: Programming a Video Game in the Alice Environment

Earth and Planetary Science
1st
Luis O’D.       Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth‚s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals
2nd   
Cleo K.       Geobot: An Automated Geological Sample Identification System
4th
Austin S.       A Comparison of the Ability of Various Roof Designs to Withstand High Winds

Engineering
3rd
Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to Use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation
3rd
Adrienne C.       A Study of RF ID Radio Frequency Identification
4th
Judith R.       The Design, Construction and Testing of an Emergency Solar Water Purification System
4th
Vincent Y. The Design, Development, and Testing of a Robot that can Evaluate Indoor Air Quality
4th
William M. The Design and Construction of a Magnetic Piston Engine

Environmental Science
3rd
Conway B.       A Comparison of Various Algae Species as a Renewable Source of Biofuel
3rd
Victoria L.       Testing Various Techniques to Prevent Coastal Erosion
4th
Sylvia O.       The Effects of UV Radiation on the Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui

Mathematics
3rd
Rica C.       Predicting Future Stock Market Fluctuations Based on Past Statistics

Medicine and Health
2nd    Natalie B.       The Effects of Cinnamon on the Blood Glucose Levels of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
2nd
Ivanna R.       The Effects of Cell Phone Radio Radiation on Fruit Flies, Drosophilia melanogaster
3rd
Kelsey J.       The Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on the Growth of Planaria Tissue
3rd
Judy M.       The Effects of Dietary Glucose on the the Heart Rate, Blood Glucose Level and Physical Activity of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
4th
Luke B.       The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Heart Rate of Water Fleas, Daphnia magna
4th
Zachary H.       A Study of the Antiamoebic Properties of Plant Extracts

Microbiology
1st Colleen K.       A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts
3rd
Molly O’B.       A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Rosemary Extract on Escherichia coli
4th
Casandra R.       A Comparison of the Anitmicrobial Effects of Low Voltage Electricity on Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria
4th
Nicole C.       The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water

Physics and Astronomy
3rd
Taylor S.       The Design, Construction, and Testing of Novel Water Turbines
3rd
Jacob H.       A Study of Sail Material on the Effectiveness of a Ship Sail
4th
Christopher G.       A Study of Factors Affecting the Strength of Ferrofluids

Plant Science/Botany
3rd Jessie D.       A Study of Methods of Controlling the Growth of Caulerpa sps.
3rd
Seth J.       The Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on the Oxygen Production and the Chlorophyll Content of Aquatic Plants
4th
Jerry C.       A Study of the Herbicidal Effects of Allelopathic Plant Extracts

Team Projects
1st
Dungee H. & Kirra M.       The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus
3rd
Shiloh S., William H. & Alexa D. Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
4th
Michael T. & Gabriel W.-V.       The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Magnetic Motor
4th
Celina S. & Rebecca N.       A Comparison of the Load Bearing Capacity of Various Truss Designs

Princess Gophers use robots to pull down State Bid!

CONGRATULATIONS to the PRINCESS GOPHERS!!!

They’re on their way to the
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!


This past weekend, on Saturday, January 23rd, the Stone Princess Gophers competed in the FLL East Coast Regional Championship at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School! They competed against 25 other schools from all over the east coast of Florida.

The
Stone Princess Gophers did an awesome job!! They worked so hard, came together perfectly as a team, and had a blast. Words can not explain how proud I am of them. They represented Stone in such a positive and proud way!!!!

Stone Princess Gophers won the "Judges’ Award" and brought home another trophy! During the course of competition the judges may encounter a team whose unique efforts, performance, or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a unique way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. This award gives the judges the freedom to recognize the most remarkable team, their favorite team, for which a standard award does not exist. We are so honored to have won this award. The Princess Gophers are a rookie team with zero previous experience. They have worked so hard and have improved immensely throughout the season. They kept on trying and never gave up, no matter what!

The team bids for going on to the Florida STATE FIRST LEGO League Championship were also awarded. To move on to State you needed to score high enough in all 5 categories of Robot Design, Robot Performance Score, Project/Research Presentation, Teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism, to be one of 10 teams with the highest overall scores.
Stone Princess Gophers were chosen to move on to State because of their excellent performances in all 5 of these categories!!!! We are all so very excited, this is such an awesome accomplishment!

The Florida State FIRST LEGO League Championship will be on Sunday, February 28th at the Clemente Center at Florida Tech. It's close by, so maybe some of you can come out and cheer us on! We would love to have a large supporting audience there! I'll send out more info on times and details as it gets closer.

If you have or see any of the team members, please congratulate them on their hard work, dedication and awesome win!!!!

Team members are...

Anna B.
Keirra K.
Talait N.
Chelsea R.
Ja’naisha S.
Ashley T.

Stone Middle School Science Fair Results

Special Awards:

Best of Show • Biological
Nicole C. • The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water

Best of Show • Physical
Taylor C. • Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2

Team Spirit Award
Ryan R. • The Effects of Social Interactions on the Electric Fields Produced by the Black Ghost Knife Fish, Apteronotus albifrons

Spirit of Science Award
Madison K. • A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Red Sponge Extract on Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Alumni Award 7th Grade
Ivanna R. • The Effects of Cell Phone Radio Radiation on Fruit Flies, Drosophilia melanogaster

Alumni Award 8th Grade
Alexander N. • A Study of Nanorust as a Method of Heavy Metal Remediation

Best Backboard 7th Grade
Cleo K. • Geobot: An Automated Geological Sample Identification System

Best Backboard 8th Grade
Kalil M. • Investigating the Effects of Various Plant Extracts on the Mortality of the Northern House Mosquito, Culex pipiens and the Eastern Subterranean Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes

Category Awards:

Biological Science 1
1 Natalie B. • The Effects of Cinnamon on the Blood Glucose Levels of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
2 Colleen K. • A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts
3 Victoria S. • The Effects of a Hydroponic System and an Aeroponic System on the Oxygen Production Levels of Plants
4 Jasmin P. • The Effects of Common OTC Medications on the Behavior and Mortality of the Apple Snails
5 Brittany B. • A Study of the Effectiveness of Disinfectants on Hard Surfaces

Biological Science 2
1 Judy M. • The Effects of Dietary Glucose on the the Heart Rate, Blood Glucose Level and Physical Activity of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
2 Molly O. • A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Rosemary Extract on Escherichia coli
3 Casandra R. • A Comparison of the Anitmicrobial Effects of Low Voltage Electricity on Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria
4 Harley D. • The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus
4 Kirra M. • The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus
5 Luke B. • The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Heart Rate of Water Fleas, Daphnia magna

Environmental
1 Nicole C. • The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water
2 Rebecca C. • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Simulated Saltwater Marsh and a Simulated Freshwater Marsh at Removing Nitrogen Contamination
3 Jessie D. • A Study of Methods of Controlling the Growth of Caulerpa sps.
4 Isabel L. • The Effects of Noise Pollution on the Behavior and Mortality of Daphnia magna
5 Sylvia O. • The Effects of UV Radiation on the Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui

Physical Science 1
1 Luis O. • Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals
2 William M. • The Design and Construction of a Magnetic Piston Engine
3 Judith R. • The Design, Construction and Testing of an Emergency Solar Water Purification System
4 Christopher H. • The Effects of a Base Isolation Bearing on a Building During Simulated Earthquakes
5 Cleo K. • Geobot: An Automated Geological Sample Identification System

Physical Science 2
1 Taylor C. • Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2
2 Christopher G. • A Study of Factors Affecting the Strength of Ferrofluids
3 Taylor S. • The Design, Construction, and Testing of Novel Water Turbines
4 Michael T. • The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Magnetic Motor
4 Gabriel W.-V. • The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Magnetic Motor
5 Brianna S. • The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Fingerprint Quality

Stone Alumni Rock the Stone Science Fair!

On January 21st, 35 alumni from Stone Middle School’s Science research program returned to the hallowed halls of their former school to judge this year’s Stone Middle School Science Fair. Stone Staff, administration and Science Research teachers are very appreciative of these young experts tackling the difficult job of interviewing approximately 80 seventh and eighth grade students, and then deciding who in each group has the best research design and understanding of their project.

The Stone Middle School Science Fair is a one day dress rehearsal amongst students that are enrolled in this elective course prior to the
main event – the Regional Science Fair held on January 29th and 30th in the Melbourne Square Mall. Here, our students will go head to head with over 300 other South Brevard students for place awards as well as cash and prizes.

Rich Regan, the lead Science Research teacher, began the tradition of holding a Stone Middle School Science Fair over two decades ago. It is a great way of continuing the education of our alumni as they revisit the learning objectives of their years at Stone, and apply them to new science research topics and problems. Former students have had personal first hand experience with the difficulties of developing and executing a science project. Current students appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed by their slightly older peers.

Junior Scientists–Senior Scientists
Lifelong learning
Another Way that Stone Students Rock!!!

Another First for Reena!

Reena is now qualified for the Florida State Geography Bee!

The Stone Middle School Geography Bee was held on Tuesday, January 19. Stone’s Social Studies Department Chair, Ms. Ramirez reports that once again, Reena E. came away with the highest score. Second and Third Places went to Christopher H. and Brandon B.

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Princess Gophers–on Their Way to Regionals!

Congratulations to the Princess Gophers; they are on their way to regionals!
On Saturday, January 16, 2010, the Stone Princess Gophers competed in the Holy Trinity FLL State Regional Qualifying Tournament at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne!
They won a bid to the Florida State FIRST LEGO League Regional Championship. They are one of the 96 teams that has earned its way to the Florida Regional Competitions. This is a great accomplishment as there are more than 300 FLL teams in Florida this year!!!

They will be competing this coming Saturday, January 23rd at Cocoa Beach High School in the 1st East Coast FLL Florida State Regional Championship.

If you have or see any of the team members, please congratulate them and wish them luck!!!!

Team members are...
Anna B.
Keirra K.
Talait N.
Chelsea R.
Ja'naisha S.

Robo Gophers won the ultimate award, the Director's Award!

Well, the Stone Robo Gophers did it again.

On Saturday, January 09, 2010, the Stone Robo Gophers competed in the Cape View Florida Lego League (FLL) State Regional Qualifying Tournament at Cape View Elementary in Cape Canaveral!

Stone Robo Gophers won the ultimate award,
the Director's Award!

The Director's Award is the most prestigious award that a team can win. It celebrates the ultimate success of the
FIRST mission and FLL Core Values. This award is for teams who passionately support a cause. For FLL, the Director's Award winners passionately inspire and motivate others about the excitement of science and technology, solving problems, working as a team, and demonstrating respect and Gracious Professionalism.

This is such an honor to win this award; it is a very exciting experience for the team!
Our team had the overall highest scores in all categories and had a fun, excellent day of competing and playing around in a very cold, sleet full day.

The Robo Gophers made Stone proud! Check out their new trophy in the front office!


Students Rock!
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