Melissa Montoya




Waipahu High School

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Recent Posts by Melissa

Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:20 PM in Student Competitons
Definitely look into TSA competitions. My school is the only school in the state to participate in the TEAM+S competition, and I highly encouraged more schools to participate! TEAM+S stands for Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science. The competition involves student leaders, group collaboration, and TSA sends all materials (aside from pencils, scratch paper, and calculators) to t...

Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:03 PM in Coding in Schools
I recently came across this website "" and was amazed at the opportunities the website gives. I currently teach 11th/12th graders, and they were all very interested in the video. It featured the creators of Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, Will.I.Am, etc. The part that made the most impact was the appeal of job environment. I try to emphasize in class how I want the students to be successfu...

Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:55 PM in Physics Roller Coaster Building
Pool noodles work very well with roller coasters because of flexibility and being light-weight. For me, safety is huge, so it works well with the students. They were easily able to mount different loops and change. In my science projects, I always try to get students to manipulate some part of their project or experiment, so it was fun to see the creative manipulations--for the sake of trying s...