Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month update: As a STEAM school, we focus on contributions to STEAM principles:
- Have you ever heard of Mr. Tornado? Tetsuya Fujita AKA Mr. Tornado, was a Japanese born American in Japan in 1920. As a meteorologist, he was fascinated with tornadoes. He created the Fujita scale - the F scale, that ranks tornadoes by their destruction to structures and surrounding vegetation. F0 - is the weakest type of tornado - being called "light." The F5 tornado is called "incredible." The incredible strength of this tornado causes strong frame houses to be lifted off of foundations and carried considerable distance to disintegration; automobile-sized missiles flung through the air farther than 300 feet, trees become debarked and other incredible phenomena occur.
- Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu is known as the first lady of physics! Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu immigrated to the United States from China, and she is most known for her work on the Manhattan Project and for developing the process for separating uranium by gaseous diffusion. Her work also went into the field of medicine, where she studied molecular changes in red blood cells that cause sickle-cell disease. Although she was denied the Nobel Prize in Physics, she won numerous awards for her work. These honors include being the first person to receive the Wolf Prize in Physics (1978), only the seventh woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Comstock Prize in Physics and the first woman to be president of the American Physical Society (1975). She even had an asteroid named after her, 2752 Wu Chien-Shiung.