Oak Lawn Community HS9400 Southwest Hwy.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (708) 424-5200
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5/16/2015 Spartans Conduct Scientific Research at Argonne National Laboratory
Eight students from AP Physics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club took part in a year-long authentic scientific research experience at Argonne National Laboratory. The program is called the “Exemplary Student Research Program” (ESRP) and is sponsored by the laboratory as well as the United States Department of Energy. Participants used x-ray tomography to study 35 million year-old fossilized spiders encased in amber. The goal of the experiment was to analyze the efficiency of amber as a preservation medium for the anatomy of spiders. Although not exactly like Jurassic Park, students walked away with a heightened understanding of this cutting-edge 3D imaging technique along with a new found appreciation for what true scientific research is all about.
5/15/2015 OLCHS Receives Funding for New Engineering Program
Students will have the opportunity to enroll in a new series of courses over the next three years, thanks to a generous grant by the Dart Foundation. Tuesday, Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announced that the school is the recipient of a $35,000 grant to implement the PLTW Engineering program. The program integrates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts through hands-on, project-based learning, exposing students to real-world learning and preparing them for college and careers. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs, with over 6,500 schools in the U.S. currently offering elementary, middle, or high school programs.
5/14/2015 Students Use Skype to Interview World War II Veterans
Chris Kuchyt’s World History students used Skype to interview World War II veterans Bill Hall and Art Leach. The calls were setup through the Livingston County War Museum in Pontiac, Illinois. Hall served in the United States Marine Corps in WW II and fought on the island of Peleliu. He was also a member of the occupation forces in Japan at the end of the war. Leach received his wings as a Navy Pilot in 1943. He was assigned to USS Yorktown AirCraft Carrier – South Pacific. Leach returned in September 1946 but remained in ready reserve for an additional 10 years as was discharged in 1956 as a Senior Lieutenant. He flew training missions at Glenview Naval Air Station. The veterans provided information on their backgrounds, shared stories of their experiences, and answered questions that were submitted by the students.
5/23/2015 Class of 1980, 35th Reunion
5/25/2015 No School: Memorial Day
5/26/2015 Forensics/Speech Camp