Academic Year 2016-2017
Spring 2017: In this semester students will learn about ecology. They will focus on food webs, distinguish different animals and their role in a food web, and learn about biomes that these animals belong to. Students will then learn about different types of reptiles and amphibians, and learn what makes each animal either a reptile or an amphibian. They will have visits from guests who are experts in this area!
Fall 2016 : Students explored the world of rocks and minerals. They learned about volcanoes, the reason behind their eruption, and learned about the three main types of rocks. They took a visit to the Rutgers Geology Museum where they will see many rocks, minerals and fossils!
Spring 2017: Students in the 7th grade will be learning about simple machines and will be making their own versions of Rube Goldberg’s machine. They will also learn about engineering. They have learned about genetics in previous program sessions, but will continue to look into DNA, and even extract DNA from strawberries. They will continue learning about astronomy, looking deeper into the phases of the moon, tides, and climate.
Fall 2016: During the fall, students in the 7th grade learned about Gregor Mendel and genetics. They learned about Newton’s Laws, and they learned about the properties of waves.
Academic Year 2015-2016
Summer 2016: New students from Livingston School who were in 3rd grade were selected in June 2016. These students started their summer program in July 2016. These students learned about insects, more specifically about the life cycle of insects, identifying local butterflies, ladybugs, and discussing host plants. These students took some trips to the Liberty Science Center, Rutgers Gardens, and Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.
Summer 2016: Students going into the 7th grade learned about mammals, the tropic levels, and genetics throughout the summer. The summer program for these students started July 5, 2016 and finished August 19, 2016. These students also practiced their math and reading skills all summer. They took some trips to: Rutgers Gardens, the Rutgers President’s House, swimming at the Rutgers Recreation Center, The Village Swim Club, Funplex and Iplay America.
Spring 2016: Students in the 6th grade are currently learning about the history of earth and the systems of the human body. Students will be working on science projects during the months of April and May 2016 and will present to their projects at their schools. A group of sixth graders will be working on a circulatory system of the body, focusing on the heart and the movement of blood. Parts will be labeled and students will be able to see how the heart moves, learn about different heart disorders and the overall process of circulation. Another group will be working on a model of the digestive system where they will walk the audience through the steps of the digestive system. Students will be able to understand how the digestive system works and why each part of the digestive system is important. Another group of students will be researching the history of earth and creating dioramas of major events along the timeline.
Fall 2015: During the fall semester students will be meeting after school twice a week to do science, math, reading and some hands on activities! Students in the 6th grade are learning about cells, eukaryotic cell organelles, osmosis, mitosis and meiosis. Students made models of both animal and plant cells and labeled each part of the cell.
Summer 2015: During the months of July and August 2015, rising 6th grade students participated in our summer program three times a week. Students from Woodrow Wilson,, Redshaw, McKinley and Roosevelt School focused on learning about cells. Students were introduced to both Prokaryote and Eukaryote cells, learning the differences and similarities between them. Students were also engaged with their natural environment learning about gardening, birds, and trees. Students went on various trips, some including Rutgers Gardens, the Museum of Natural History, Liberty Science Center, Village Swim Club and Funplex.
Summer 2016: Students going into the 8th grade learned about trees and the weather throughout the summer. They also enjoyed trips to Rutgers Gardens, the Rutgers President’s House, and Iplay America.
Spring 2016: Students in the 7th grade will be working on their science projects in April and May to present at their schools. One group of students will be creating a crime scene investigation. They will conduct an investigation, collect, and note evidence. They will need to seek to answer specific questions to find the answer to the crime scene. Another group of students will be working on the processes of science. This group will be given the choice to conduct an investigation of their choice and they will need to be able to walk the audience through the whole process of their experiment. Another group of students will be growing crystals. This group will create several types of crystals, paying close attention to how fast they grow and which type had the largest single crystals.
Fall 2015: During the fall, students in the 7th grade students participated in a bike workshop provided by students from Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, along with Mr. Peter Bilton with Keep Middlesex Moving. Students received a two day workshop where they learned about bicycle safety, learned how to ride a bike properly and others learned how to ride a bike. During this semester students reviewed material about cells and were introduced to Charles Darwin and evolution, as well as the atomic structure and different scientists.
Summer 2015: Students going into the 7th grade, from both Paul Robeson and Lord Stirling, attended a three day summer program during July and August 2015. Students learned about mammals, more specifically learned what makes a mammal a mammal. The also learned about the classification of animals and endangered animals. Students learned about different levels of the food chain (trophic levels) and took a deeper look into the food web. Students were also introduced to Genetics. They learned what a punnet square is, and how Genetics is used in life. Students went on various trips, some including Rutgers Gardens, the Museum of Natural History, Liberty Science Center, Village Swim Club and Funplex.
Summer 2016: Students going into the 9th grade had program once a week. They learned statistics during the summer. These students had program once a week, and the rest of the week they helped at different NtN sites with the younger students. They helped with math and reading.
Spring 2016: Students in the 9th grade are currently learning about GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). Students had a debate on the pro’s and con’s of GMO’s. They had to research and work together with their team to get their points across to the opposing team.
Fall 2015: Students in the 9th grade were introduced to genetics, specifically to heredity, Hardy Weinberg Equilibrium, and punnet squares. They also learned about evolution and co-evolution. This semester students also volunteered at the New Brunswick Trunk or Treat Event on October 30, 2015.
Summer 2015: Rising 9th grade students were given the opportunity to help at the Nurture thru Nature Program. Students went to different schools (Lord Stirling, Redshaw, Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and McKinley) and helped the younger students with their work. The 9th graders helped in different areas such as math, language arts and science. They had the opportunity to teach and help the younger students with work that they had completed when they were in their grade.
Academic Year 2014-2015
The after-school program was delivered to 19 students from the Woodrow Wilson School, 16 students from McKinley School and 15 students from Redshaw School, and provided the following lessons, activities and services.
Summer 2014: During July 2014, students in the 5th grade participated in our summer program three times a week. Students from Woodrow, Redshaw and McKinley School learned about insects. They went on multiple educational field trips to Rutgers Gardens, Liberty Science Center, The Adventure Aquarium, and swimming at the Village Swim Club.
Students in the fifth grade at McKinley, Redshaw, Woodrow Wilson, and Roosevelt School participated in our after school program twice a week through out the academic school year. Students at these schools learned about matter, atoms, elements, populations, and biomes. They participated in hands on experiments such as making their own slime and observing what different materials can be used to make something fun to play with. Students also made their own mini projects on different biomes all over the world. These students took some trips to the Rutgers Farm. Learning about matter gave these students to participate in a learning session provided by the Rutgers Science Bus.
Students in the fifth will learn about astronomy. They will specifically be learning about what astronomy is, about the sun, earth rotation, light, and the planets. They will have the opportunity of going to the Newark Museum and Planetarium and be a part of the Planetarium’s educational workshop. Students will make their own periscopes and learn how they actually work. They will also participate in educational workshops provided by the Liberty Science Center STEM Education Programs. Students will also get into the genetics unit, which will be helpful when they start their science projects.
Students going into the 6th grade, from both Paul Robeson and Lord Stirling, attended a three day summer program during the months of July and August 2014. Students learned about birds, pond life, cells, osmosis, mitosis and meiosis. Students conducted various experiments and received the opportunity of using microscopes to see and observe much more. Students went on different trips such as Rutgers Gardens, Village Swim Club, and Turtle Back Zoo.
Students in the 6th grade reviewed what they had learned in the summer. They were able to make their own cells project, deciding to either make a plant cell or an animal cell. Students used different arts & crafts materials to make their models. They were responsible for identifying all the cell organelles and describing their functions. Students learned about forces and motion, heat transfer and how to write their own lab reports. These students also worked on growing their own Kale and received guest lectures to learn about Kale and how to eat it. Students also took a trip to the Rutgers Farm where they ewere able to see different animals they had never seen before. Students also participated in the Rutgers Science Bus workshop where they were able to identify an unknown microbe that was causing an outbreak, and get to determine what caused the outbreak just in time!
Students in the 6th grade will be learning about the earth and its history. They will also learn about the body system, what each system is responsible for and how each system works together to keep us healthy. Students will receive guest lectures from the Rutgers Nursing School faculty and students and engage in hands on activities such as blood pressure monitoring. Students will also take a trip to the Newark Museum and Planetarium. They will also participate in hands on activities and workshops provided by the Liberty Science Center’s STEM Education Programs.
Students in the 8th grade got the opportunity to participate in our summer program by helping the staff with the younger students. Our eighth graders helped mentor younger students and helped out with math, science and reading. Students were familiar with topics such as insects and butterflies, pond life, birds and parts of the microscope. The eighth graders got to put their knowledge at work with the younger students.
Students met once a week after school at the New Brunswick Middle School to work on their homework. Staff also helped students apply to different programs and high schools. Some high schools students applied to were New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School, Middlesex County College Prep School. Some students also applied to the Rutgers Upward Bound Program. Staff helped students complete applications and essays on time. Students also attended the NtN Holiday Event on December 17, 2014.
Students in the eighth grade will now be meeting twice a week at the NB Middle School. Students will be learning topics such as heat transfer, solar energy, the rock cycle, environments and plate tectonics.