Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sometimes learning can be measured by a test.

The Goo.
Some filters worked pretty well.
Some did really well.  Vinegar took out the color.

Some tried a different approach.

Looks refreshing.
There were a lot of comparisons.
There were a lot of conversations about what they would do if they could build another one.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

It's go time.

Students were finishing up filters today.  We test tomorrow.  Anyone is welcome to join us, 4-7 hour outside on the back sidewalk.
Don't fear the goo.  Embrace the goo.
The four chamber approach.
Shamrock shake anyone?
We also learned about drills, chucks, and bits.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kids don't talk about worksheets.

The conversations today were amazing.

"We got all of the dirt out, but the food coloring didn't come out.  So we have to google, What would get food coloring out and then modify our filter?"

"I added bleach to my filter but then found out it could poison someone.  So we called up a chemist friend and they recommended vinegar."

"The bottle broke when we heated it because it cooled down to quickly."

The sinks were busy today as students tested their filters.
Making decisions on what to use.
Testing and modifying.  Modifying and Testing.
Tripod construction
Future engineers?

Do you have to use math when you're a maker?

Here is the planning and design stages of a T-shirt quilt.

Friday, October 24, 2014

We called Ghana and Oklahoma today. Who did you talk to?

When was the last time a student took out a phone to take a video of what was going on in the classroom?  What would happen if teachers used technology to connect students to the outside world?  What could be learned? How could perspectives be changed?  What paradigm could that shift?

We had our Google Hangout today with the founder of Water is Life and an environmentalist in Ghana.
Setting up the hangout.

Our speaker taking a picture of the audience.
MC Dempsey introducing Ken.

Akua joining us from Ghana.  Yes that's right Ghana.  Along with students lining up to ask questions.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

What if the classroom wasn't contained in four walls?

Tomorrow we are having a couple of guest speakers.  Ken Surritte is the founding CEO of Water is Life.  Check out  He sent us some swag.  Akua Akyaa Nkrumah is an environmental technologist working in Ghana.  We will talk to them both via a Google Hangout.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I don't really have a filter.

Students will be given 200mL of water that has dirt, sand, and food coloring.  They have to make a filter that will separate the mixture.
Here were some preliminary designs.
These students are collecting pebbles for their filter.
Collecting, organizing, and building the filter.
Then we test.

Friday, October 17, 2014

We got some culture today.

In World Studies, students are studying culture.  They chose a country and then researched the government, culture, geography, exports and imports.  Then had to create a project that they could choose from a choice menu.
Each group had to make a passport stamp.
Satay both steak and chicken.
The Royal Palace of Stockholm rendered using Lego digital designer.
Vakalavalava from Fiji and Arroz con polo from Costa Rica.
A Spanish t-shirt.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What would you test?

Our centrifuge that we use to separate the algae from the growth medium. 
Students testing the effects of salt on algae growth.
How does a snail effect the growth of algae?
Inoculating the algae into the growth medium.

An end to the story.

As a culminating event for the story of stuff.  We had an ewaste company come to Hixson and hold an electronic recycling event.
We had tables set up outside and inside (When will this rain end?) with projects so that the audience for this project moved from Dempsey and I to the community.
Here is the certificate we recieved.  That's right the community recycled over 3,000 pounds of waste that might have otherwise gone into a landfill.