• Germantown Middle School

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    Practice Problem #1 - Suggested Readings

    Most people dream of visiting new and exciting places to experience culture, cuisine, and local entertainment through travel. Transportation technology makes it easier and faster than ever before to get from one country to another although travel can be very expensive and time-consuming for many people. Heightened safety concerns often mean changing security requirements and government screening processes for crossing borders.

    Some experts believe that technology may begin to replace in-person travel. VR-AR-MR (Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality / Mixed Reality), are immediate, involving, engaging and immersive types of entertainment that can accessed anywhere in the world. This could cause travel to boom if people, having used these technologies, want to experience the world “for real.” People may be increasingly comfortable in both worlds: the physical real world, and the digital world that is constructed instantly and repeatedly to fit what each person wants and chooses, using immediately responsive networks.

    How will the time, technology, and expense associated with travel impact the future of international travel and tourism?


    Sleep Patterns


    Practice Problem #2 - Suggested Readings

    Approximately one-third of our lives is spent sleeping. For nearly a century, scientists have been able to record brain activity and see the dynamic changes during sleep. Lack of sleep can affect brain function, especially memory, language, and emotional balance. Physical effects include fatigue, stress and health problems including heart disease and obesity. Today, technology on our wrists can measure sleep habits and movements.

    Globally, businesses developing sleep aids are witnessing significant growth due to the rising incidence of sleep disorders. This has been exacerbated by the growing senior population. It is manifest in increasing demand for sleeping pills due to stressful modern lifestyles and increasing numbers of initiatives by various health organizations to increase awareness about sleep disorders. Sleep medications often have undesirable side effects and patents of major sleep drugs expire. Wakefulness aids, stimulants and prescription drugs such as coffee, energy drinks, benzodiazepines and even illegal drugs are gaining in popularity as a perceived solution to the need to perform effectively despite sleep deprivation.

    How might our over-scheduled lives and increased digital presence disrupt natural circadian and sleep patterns? Can the benefits of sleep be replicated? What new technologies might be available to help people monitor and adjust brain wave activity during sleep? Will scientists discover more about the genes that enable functionality with less sleep?





    Qualifying Problem - Suggested Readings

    Gamification isn’t just about leisure time digital or other games. Gamification applies the theories of game development that make games so alluring and creates sustained attention. Players and teams win points and rewards by completing designated tasks. Minecraft, for example, has been used by teachers for everything from computer science to social sciences to creative writing. Fitbit and tracking apps on the iWatch are increasingly popular and encourage competition – with yourself or with a group.
    Gamification helps users focus on tasks that might normally be boring, and the process might be applied to fields such as customer loyalty, education, health, recreation, job training, self-improvement, household chores, fundraising, and activism. Gamification is being used by corporations to make marketing interactive, but it’s also being used to benefit individual health and well-being.

    Is there a relationship between gamification and tech addiction? How might gamification impact education and learning, inside and outside formal schools, or even in the workplace? What are some of the ethical implications, particularly around user privacy? What role will companies have in the creation of tech products to “hook” their users or the use of gamification as an educational tool? Can gamification enhance human interactions?



    Living in Poverty


    Affiliate Bowl - Suggested Readings

    Nearly half of the world’s population (more than 3.5 billion people) live in poverty. Of those 3.5 billion people, 1.4 live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $US 1.25 per day.

    Across the globe, many people struggle to have and sustain basic needs such as food, clean water, basic medical supplies, and adequate shelter. Some people are forced to leave their homes to travel to other places or countries to find menial work to send money home to support their families. Due to poverty, many people are unable to access education. Some adults deliberately suffer from malnutrition so that their children can have the food that is available. Children in severe poverty are often orphaned or they have been sent away because their parents cannot afford to care for them. Healthy food can be very difficult to come by for the poor due to lack of financial and monetary resources, meaning that they depend on cheap, unhealthy foods to sustain their lives.

    What can be done globally to assist those suffering from extreme poverty? How can we reverse this trend in order to decrease the adverse impact of poverty on future generations?

    2019 State Champions

    SCENARIO WRITING - William G, Gracia O

    GLOBAL ISSUES TEAM - Meredith L, Ava T, Kirsten R, Mary Leigh W, Reed F, Andrew A


    VISUAL ARTS - William G, Cade W




    2018 State Champions
    Middle Division
    1st - Gracia O
    2nd - William G
    3rd - Joshua H
    Junior Division
    1st Preethika
    2nd Place Tyson T, Robert K, Brady P, Emma B
    1st Place Ava T, Mary Leigh W, Kirsten R, Preethika L
    3rd Place London M, Kameron, Tamya, Erin
    Isabelle, Layli, Ella Grace, Mabry
    Senior Division - Camden C
    Middle Division - Shreenithi L
    Junior Division - Jude T
    Middle Division - Emma S

    2018 International Champions LaCross Wisconsin UW-L

    Tyson T - 2nd Place MAGIC
    Brady P - 3rd Place MAGIC
    Gracia O - 1st Place SW
    William G - 2nd Place SW

    2017 International Champions  LaCross Wisconsin UW-L

    Emma S - 1st Place MAGIC

    Reed F - 3rd Place Scenario Team

    Tyson T, Grayson W, Brady P, Robert K - 6th Place Action Plan; 21st GIPS

    2017 State Champs Advancing to IC at Wisconsin June 5-11, 2017

    FPS Global Issues: GIPS
    Individual GIPS
    Scenario: Senior Hunter H, Middle-Corrin F, Junior Reed F

    2016 State Champs Advancing to IC at Michigan State University June 1-5, 2016

    FPS Global Issues: 
    Booklet (GIPS) - Middle - Anna, Jake, Isabella, Tyson

    Individual (GIPS) - Camden

    MAGIC - Robert K.
    Scenario - K., Erin

    Scenario Writing State Champs 2015-2016

    Junior Division:
    1st Place Erin O
    2nd Place Cooper W
    3rd Place Sophia L
    Middle Division:
    1st Place Kennedy R
    2nd Place Camden C
    3rd Place 

    2008-2009 @ Michigan State University

    Scenario Writing - Lauren W - 2nd Place Scenario International Champ
    Individual- Caroline B
    GIPS Team Taylor T, Ben D Wesley D Ceili H
    FPS Michigan Group  Lauren Champ Lauren and Marianne

    2009-2010 @ Wisconsin

    Scenario Writing - Wesley D
    Individual - Frances L - 3rd Place Individual International Champ
    CmPS Team - TWISTER Taylor, Ben, Wesley, Ashley, Lauren, Owen, Caleb, Chandler 
     Wisconsin IC Group Frances Lee TWISTER Wisconsin

    2010 - 2011 @ Wisconsin

    CMPS Junior Team TIM - Beyonder Hannah Madeleine Thomas Dean

    Mid CmPS BAND Cameron Niki Brett Allen
    Jr Ind Dyllan
    Mid Ind Anna 
    Jr GIPS Jessica Madeleine Hunter Eric
    Mid GIPS Perrin Spencer Jayde Kylie 
    Mid Scenario Jake
    Jr Scenario Cameron 

    dean and thomas madeleine hannah  

    2011-2012 @ Indiana State University in Bloomington, Indiana

    CmPS PAINS Jonathan Dean Cody Dyllan Thomas Mac Cameron Anna Madeleine Jessica Owen  3rd place IC
    Mid GIPS Madeleine Jessica Owen Eric
    Mid Ind Hunter
    Scenario Mid Jayde 2nd Place IC
    Alternate GIPS Jr Rhett
    adopted Jr GIPS from MCE Seth

    PAINS Champs  IC Group 2012 Jayde
    2012-2013 @ Indiana State University in Bloomington, Indiana

    CmPS SPACE : Katie, Anna Claire, Jacquelin, Anna, Hannah, Jessica, Owen, Hunter, Cody, Dean, Thomas, Madeleine

    Middle Teams: Jessica, Owen, Hunter, Hannah

    Individual: Madeleine C

    Scenario: Sophia P

    Indiana  Indiana Group
    2013-2014 Iowa State University in Ames IA

    Scenario: Kathryn J & Harrison G (2nd Place International)

    Jr. CmPS: LAFF - Madison J, Jaelan R, McLin S, Kathryn J, Camden C, Ashali K, Keely M, Kennedy R, Kayleigh T

    Mid CmPS: SOS - Jacquelin L, Sarah T, Rachel W, Harrison G, Clark T, Heath D
    MAGIC Keely M
    GIPS Jr. Ronnie M, Peyton H, Madison J, Cameron F
    GIPS M Jacquelin L, Sarah T, Heath D, Clark T
    Individual M Rachel W Jr Jaelan R
    harrison   Iowa State 1 iowa 2 Iowa 3
    2014-2015 IC @ Iowa State University in Ames IA
    Scenario Writing - Gracia O - 3rd Place IC, Connor C - 3rd Place
    MAGIC - Corrin F - 1st Place IC
    CmPS - Project HOPE 2nd Place IC  - Interview Team Brooke Ava Kennedy Jamarion Aiden Baiden Cameron (2nd IC)
    Corrin F - 1st Place MAGIC (MCE)                   Gracia O 3rd Place SW (MES)
                                                                               Veronica C 2nd Place (MCE)
                                                                               Connor C 3rd Place SW GMS 
    Corrin F - 1st Place MAGIC  Gracia O - 3rd Place IC, MCE 2nd Place IC, Connor C 3rd Place IC Proj HOPE 2nd Place CmPS Connor C 3rd Place SW Iowa 4
    Project HOPE 2nd Place IC CmPS
    Jamarion, Cameron, Baiden, Ronnie, Ava, Madison, Madelyn, Kathryn, Brooke, Makenzie 
    2015-2016 @ Michigan State University in East Lansing MI
    Scenario Writing - Kennedy R and Erin O
    MAGIC - Robert K
    GIPS Team - Tyson, Anna, Jake, Isabella
    GIPS Ind - Camden
    2016-2017 @ Wisconsin 
    FPS IC 2014 Iowa



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