Bill Young

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Students design, build and test a kite over a 3 day period. This is followed by another 3 day period for redesign and additional testing. Project encourages students to share ideas and to use effective engineering skills in an effort to meet the
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Students use a still camera to take still pictures of an object, move the object, and shoot another picture. Process continues until students have several hundred photos. They then use video editing software (iMovie or Windows Movie Maker) to put
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Students are provided rubber poppers (http://www.orientaltrading.com/large-marbleized-poppers-a2-16_454-12-1.fltr?Ntt=popper) that are various sizes and colors. Students design an experiment to test an independent variable of their choice (color of
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Students learn about the global treasure hunt called Geocaching in the intro PowerPoint. The project has them build and hide caches on campus, and log their coordinates using several GPS devices that I have gathered through the years (I started
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This project tasks students to create a board game that will teach a core content topic to other students. These board games could be from any subject (elective, math, science, language arts, etc.). I created this project to encourage my gifted
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Students use a cardboard box to represent their "pond" and several cutout paper turtles to represent their population. Students take turns reaching in and capturing some of the turtles, and marking them with a highlighter. Turtles are replaced
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Students use America's favorite cookie to determine if double stuff really do have "double" the stuff. Materials needed include scales (triple beam or digital), plastic knives, napkins and cookies. This would be a good assessment for students to
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In 1989, Billy Joel released a song called "We Didnt' Start the Fire". The song lyrics talk about events that happened during the 50 year period starting from when Mr. Joel was born in1949 and running through the decade that the song was released
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Students build a container that will fit inside a standard #10 envelope and will protect a single Pringle's potato chip as it travels through the U.S. mail system.
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Students use foam insulation and marbles to investigate the potential energy a coaster car (marble) gets from the first hill and how that translates into kinetic energy as the marble travels around the first loop.
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Students come in and all place their right shoes into a large pile. They then use the provided template to create a dichotomous key that separates the shoes into smaller and smaller piles based on their charateristics until all students have their
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Students color and hide 3 paper butterflies around the classroom. They use colored pencils, crayons and markers to provide camouflage so the butterfly blends in with its natural environment. After 2-3 days of creating and preparing, students get
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To highlight the importance of adaptations, this lab has students perform 3 tasks using either their dominant or non-dominant hand (their choice). They then use masking tape to immobolize the thumb on that same hand and repeat the experiment.
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Students are assigned a starting population of frogs from one of 11 different ponds in the Central Florida area. They track the health of their population over a 10-year simulated timespan (10 rolls of the dice). Each time they roll, something
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Students start this project by reading one of 3 novels. I usually have my new kids read Ender's game and my older kids read Ender's shadow. If any of them have read these two novels already I have them read Shadow of the Hedgemon. These novels
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Students use Punnett Squares to predict the outcome of a genetic crossing between two parents. Students then use coins (or poker chips) to simulate the genetic cross between two parents and the resulting offspring (100 babies). Lastly, students
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Note: I have provided a web link inside the project outline showing you how to build a mousetrap car, but as this is an engineering desing challenge I usually let my kids build whatever they can dream up using provided equipment. This activity
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Students bring in different types of sugar bubble gum (Hubba Bubba, Bubblicious, Double Bubble, etc.). Gum is weight (with wrapper), then chewed, then weighed again (with wrapper). This generates individual data which is used to create a data
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Students will use a variety of objects to simulate an ocean floor in the classroom, and will then use similar techniques to oceanographers to map their ocean from one continent to the next.
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Students are given a budget to plan out a 14-day virtual vacation using travel planning sites and the websites for hotels, restaurants and attractions. They use the information to create a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the cities they plan
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

14+ years teaching public education, 10 of those have been with gifted learners. I have been teaching middle school students since 2001.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I prefer to give students an opportunity to do hands on projects and to produce projects both individually and in groups. My classroom style is more of a manager while the students explore and learn on their own.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Selected as teacher of the year 2 times by two different schools. I have won over $30,000 in grants in the past 5 years.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS Degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida National Board Certified Teacher in Middle Grades Science 300+ hours in Gifted Endorsement classes completed in 2005

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to my time in the classroom, I am frequently called upon to teach workshops in my district, am the county resource teacher for our newly adopted textbook, and have been asked to author content for a variety of science books and websites.

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