Student Voices is a new exploratory storytelling project featuring students in Nebraska. Modeled after Humans of New York, this project will allow students to express their voice on issues impacting their education and everyday lives.
Students will tell a story about something important to them (i.e extracurricular activities, how current events are affecting them, their goals for the future, etc.) They will then upload 3-4 pictures to facilitate the story.
These Student Voices stories will be featured on Nebraska Loves Public Schools site and social media alongside selected students across the state.
Our Westside students have great stories to tell and we would love to see some of them featured! The deadline for the first round of Student Voices is Friday, November 6. This project is open to all students K-12.
Please write your story on this Student Voices form and have your guardian fill out the release at the end. Take a look at the sample images for help in selecting your photos.
Fill out the required information to create an account. You should be able to find Westside Middle School without an Affiliation Number. Once you’ve finished creating an account and it has been verified, you’ll be able to access the resources on the site.
Study potential and kinetic energy while building a fun launcher!
Collect your Materials
Short pencil or popsicle stick
Thin rubber bands (2)
Cardboard tube (2 empty toilet paper tubes or empty paper towel tube cut in half)
Packing tape or other strong tape
Single hole punch
Use the video as a guide and start building. Make sure to take pictures of your progress. If you want step by step picture instructions use this link.
Test it out!
In this activity, you used two types of energy to load and launch your cotton ball. As you drew back on the pencil with the cotton ball loaded, you added potential energy to the system. The farther you pulled back on the pencil, the more potential energy was being stored. When you released the pencil, the potential energy became kinetic energy, and the cotton ball should have gone flying through the air!
Make a pic collage with the pictures from your project. Include the energy terms and definitions as well.