Mrs. Simmons' Science Blog

Dearborn Public Schools

Volunteers Needed for Dearborn’s FIRST Robotics Competition

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Apr• 11•17

Please register at

Chemical Reaction Post Test

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Mar• 25•17

We are having a Chemical Reaction Post Test next week.  Please click here to view the Study Guide/ Standard being tested.

Robots Invading McUnis and Dearborn in May!

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Mar• 16•17

Hot off the presses!  It’s the buzz around town.  ROBOTS ARE INVADING MCUNIS and DEARBORN IN MAY, but there’s nothing to fear.  These robots are smart, (and they like to play), because we PROGRAMMED them that way.  These robots are helpful (and they have lots of muscles), because we DESIGNED them like that.  They are…

…FIRST FTC robots, and they are COMPETING at McCollough-Unis on SATURDAY, MAY 13th. Our Spring FTC Event will welcome twenty-four teams from Michigan to maneuver, throw, lift, and climb their way to victory.


In order to welcome our silver friends properly, we NEED YOUR HELP with……

…Volunteers (13 or older)

…Food for volunteers


…Funding for event expenses.

Please go to our NEW website  ( ) to learn more.




Science Test on Monday!

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Mar• 04•17

Please click on the link below to view the Standard that will be tested on Monday.

You can use your own class assignments as resources on the test, so please bring them to class.

Science Fair Projects (and Boards) Due MONDAY

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Jan• 20•17

REMINDER-Science Fair Projects, yes that does mean the science boards, are due on MONDAY, JANUARY 23.  What you need to know?

Oral Presentations with BOARD – Monday, January 23

Boards- Tri-fold (Any size)

Information- TYPED

Graphing- Great website to try (Create a Graph )

Board Checklist – Click front and back page.  There are TWO pages to the checklist.




Winter Science NWEA Testing Coming Soon

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Jan• 09•17

Please mark your calendars!  We will be taking the Winter Science NWEA test during the week of January 30th.  Please CONTINUE to complete your science homework EVERY DAY for at least 20 MINUTES.  All students are expected to show a year (or more) growth by the Spring (May) 2017 NWEA test.



Written By: Kidada Simmons - Dec• 16•16


-Data from your COMPLETED EXPERIMENT (on a data table). Click on blank data table to view a copy.

-Photograph of you completing your experiment

Once you have presented these items to me on Monday, you will be ready to complete the next Science Fair SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT.  If you have not completed your experiment before the Analysis Sheet is graded, you will receive a ZERO.


Hour of Code!

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Dec• 09•16

In an effort to encourage students to choose a career in Computer Science, the McU-Bots, myself, President Obama, Malala, educators, and many celebrities in the U.S. (and around the world) are promoting an Hour of Code. Today, McUnis students and MILLIONS OF STUDENTS AROUND THE WORLD learned COMPUTER PROGRAMMING using the Hour of Code website. Watch the video below to learn more.



McU-Bots Shine Bright!

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Dec• 07•16

Dear McUnis Family,

On Saturday, December 3, the McCollough/Unis Robotics Team (also known as the McU-Bots) competed in the 2016-17 FTC Qualifier in Howell, Michigan. We competed against 36 teams and placed in 5th pl20161203_1748071ace (thanks to the support of our alliances during the competition).   With only six weeks to build, program, and learn more about robotics basics, we were up for challenge! Our dreams became a reality this Saturday, because of the hard work and dedication of the team, and the support of our principal (Mr. Farhat), district, parents, sponsors, and the community. Our journey this far was acknowledged by another FTC team (the Clarkston Clew).  They gave us  the Emmet Award (based on the main character from the LEGO Movie).  The team gave us the award because, “We are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things.”  Once again, thanks for all of your support.


Coach Simmons




Join the McU-Bots at our FTC Qualifying Competition!

Written By: Kidada Simmons - Nov• 29•16

Please support the McU-Bots (McCollough Unis Robotics Team) at our 2016-17 FTC Qualifying Competition…

Who?  Everyone (Admission is FREE.)

What?  FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Competition

When?  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd (from 11AM to 6PM)

Where?  Parker Middle School, 400 Wright Road, Howell, MI 48843

Please wear your McUnis t-shirts or the color green.  Hope to see you there!



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