Mariah Ramos

Hello My Name Is...

Mariah Ramos

 

Welcome!

I grew up in Lawrence, on a small farm. I was in 4-H, and raised sheep and other animals. I graduated from Emporia State University. I currently live in Olathe, with my husband and my cat, Leo. He is a fluffy diva. (The cat, not the husband). I am so excited to be starting my second year at Spring Hill! I teach Earth/Space Science and Integrated Science. I am also the assistant debate coach. 

Earth/Space Science: In this class we explore the physical characteristics of our planet, and will be looking at the interactions between the geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and the hydrosphere.

Integrated Science: This is a new class this year, one that blends the highlights of physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science. At its heart, this class aims to address the everyday science that we encounter. This class has many real-world applications, and will use labs and other hands-on applications to explore these concepts.  

Please feel free to contact me at ramosm@usd230.org if you have any questions or concerns. 

Quarter 3:


Earth/Space Science: We are going to study the theory of plate tectonics and how it has shaped the surface of our planet. We will learn about the different types of plate boundaries and the resulting landforms. We will also cover hazards associated with plate tectonics, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building. Students will engineer "earthquake-proof" buildings.


Integrated Science: We will starting our water unit. Students will create a map of a floodplain, study aquifer depletion, and river erosion. Students will research flood-proof housing before designing and 3D printing their own flood-proof structure. We will test the houses on a river simulation table. Students will then investigate how the porosity and permeability of soil type affects water retention and plant growth. We will finish the quarter by doing a unit on climate change and designing houses that resist temperature changes to “save the penguins”


Quarter 4:

In Earth/Space Science, we will start out by studying fossils and geologic time. The students have an opportunity to recreate Jurassic Park and 'make' their own animal using existing fossils. They will also make a scale model of our Earth's history. In April, we will study weather and climate. Finally, we will end with the much-anticipated space topics.


Integrated Science: Starting with biodiversity, we will discuss resource management and human impacts on the environment. We will investigate mining and environmental impacts. We will discuss alternative energy sources, natural disasters, and astronomy.





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