MSSM Presentation Week
During finals in select classes, especially independent studies, students presented on specific topics. The presentations will extend throughout the week, but here are some from Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Spanish disciplines, reflecting students' diverse interests and expertise.
One of MSSM’s seniors in Dr. Hamlin’s class, Cameron, made a presentation to the MSSM community on upgrading a 2d graphics library to support 3d rendering. To accomplish this, a sound knowledge of linear algebra is required. The audience was engaged in Cameron’s presentation and challenged a number of assumptions and methodologies. It was the type of discussion that students enjoy at MSSM."
In Dr. Hamlin’s Independent Studies class, Ayin demonstrated how math, physics and coding came together to create a game engine. Ayin started this project over a year ago and experienced many trials and tribulations along the way. While the engine is not yet complete, Ayin vows to continue and see it through to fruition. Students and faculty enjoyed both the presentation and the demo.
MSSM’s Engineering Team composed of Aryan, Ayin, Evyn, Henry, Lijia, and Mich made a presentation to the MSSM community for its design for a Drop-Lock system. This device rests on the interior door handle of out-swinging doors, with a model for both the left and right opening doors. The primary purpose of this product is to provide users with additional time to evacuate safely in the event of an armed intruder. After numerous tests, the team is confident the device is able to withstand upwards of 200 pounds of pulling force (the estimated amount of force an intruder can exert on a doorknob prior to its mechanical failure). In the light of school and other mass shootings, the potential for this device to save lives is strong.
In Mrs. Simon’s multivariable Calculus class, five students, Calvin, Aaron, Griffin, Brian and Griffin made their presentations on subjects including Multivariable Newton’s Method, The Math of Optics, The Path of Least Resistance, The Navier-Stokes Equations, and Pursuit Curves. All students delivered their presentations in a straightforward way to allow the audience to connect and engage in discussion.
In Sra. Carson’s Independent Spanish V class, two MSSM students, Rianna and Luci, made presentations about the political and social issues in Peru and Argentina. Included in the presentation was the question of immigration especially from Venezuela as well as why populations in these two countries are migrating. The presentations also included information on tourism, natural resources and the advancement of the indigenous populations. Each presentation was done completely in Spanish. Rhianna and Luci have earned the Seal of Biliteracy that will be reflected in their school transcript. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school or State Department of Education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. Three other MSSM students, Isabella, Owen and Shelby who are taking MSSM’s Spanish IV class, have likewise earned this recognition. Congratulations to you all.
This success in Spanish has also been accomplished in previous years by students in MSSM’s French program and our international students. In all, MSSM has graduated over a dozen students with a Seal of Biliteracy.