As part of the Foundation’s goal last year to raise funds for housewarming items for our new building, a new bike rack has been installed and is ready for students to bike to school! The new bike rack may be found along the back bus loop road, adjacent to the McLeod Garden outside the dining hall. Biking to school is a wonderful way to get exercise, to eliminate the bus/car pool commute and to enjoy the spring weather.
Engineering teacher, Brian Benton, was able to purchase X-Plane 11 Global Flight Simulator Software with 2020-21 teacher grant funds from Publix and Kroger donations for Walton’s Aerospace Engineering course to allow students to fly a realistic flight simulator. Students learn about flight and navigation. After students use the simulator to get the feel for flying, the teacher takes the class to the airport to fly a small airplane with an instructor.
A Science teacher was able to purchase a miniPCR Thermal Cycler with 2020-21 teacher grant funds from Publix and Kroger donations for Walton’s Science courses to allow them to study DNA. The PCR software downloads to any smart device. The fully intuitive program allows the student to monitor and analyze the process in real time. Students can easily connect with this hands-on device as a tool to understanding DNA amplification.
Dr Tina Link was able to purchase 18 Dynamic DNA Kits from 3D Molecular Designs with 2021-21 teacher grant funds from Publix and Kroger donations for Walton’s Science courses to allow them to study DNA by twisting, untwisting, replicating, and transcribing DNA.
Band teacher, Chris Johns, was able to purchase 6 chromatic tuners and 6 tuner pickup devices with 2021-21 teacher grant funds from Publix and Kroger donations for Walton’s Band courses to allow the Band Dept to provide differentiated intonation feedback and instruction.
The Korg CA-50 Chromatic Tuner features an output jack, large LCD screen, adjustable calibration range, built-in reference tones, microphone, speaker, and a folding stand. It has a detection range of A0 (27.50 Hz) to C8 (4186.01 Hz). For wind instruments from piccolo to tuba, or string instruments from violin to contrabass, you can tune band or orchestral instruments of any pitch range.
The Peterson Strobe Pitchgrabber Active Clip-on Pickup device easily and safely clamps on to virtually any musical instrument and captures the vibrations of the instrument rather than its acoustic sound and determines the pitch using its piezo pickup, sending it directly to your tuning device or your smartphone. It uses the headphone/mic input of your mobile device to completely isolate the sound of your instrument and provide a direct input path to your tuning device or application on your smart phone. Perfect for tuning in noisy environments.