Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It was a good day!

Every year I look forward to taking this picture.  Balloons are for the most part finished.  They all fit on my wall attached by clothes pins to the blinds.  It feels like they are just waiting to fly. I first want to thank everybody who joined us this year.  This includes everybody on the Google Hangout, Parents, Coordinators from Webster and other districts, quad-copter pilots (we had two), 6th grade science teachers, 7th grade teachers from their windows, administrators from our building, and anyone else that I have missed.  Its a great way to end our Chemistry unit and a fabulous way to end the semester.
In the words of Neil DeGrasse Tyson "Keep Looking Up"!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tomorrow we fly. Today we test.

The Tomorrow we are going to fly the balloons.  Please let me know if you would like to join us in person or via Google hangout (see link below).  We are flying them from 11:30- 3:15.  We will have several students at a computer to answer questions about how they were made and how they fly.
Here a student is fitting a paper ring around the exhaust of the heater.
Two Balloons that were hung up to check and patch any holes.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mr. Martin and the Balloon

Dr. Smith came to me Monday and asked if I was interested in having a student teacher.  I said sure.  He is supposed to start next semester but asked if he could come over early.  
Here he is explaining next steps for a balloon.
Some kids tracing the pattern.
Let the gluing commence.
More gluing.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Up up and away.....

Construction on our hot air balloons began today.
Creating the panels.
Storing our work.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Day of Coding

Seniors from the high school talking about codeing.
Made with Code
Scratch Jr. And Hopscotch 
NXT Robots

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Making ain't easy.

How does making make you feel?  When you finish making something do you want to share it?
Elissa is a horseback rider.  She found some uses for old shoes that she wanted to share.
These are going to be holiday pants.  Yes, holiday pants.  So cool.
Cutting a mini hockey stick.

Monday, December 8, 2014

I love it when a plan comes together.

Today a couple students helped Mr. Dempsey and I build some robots for Wednesday.  Students also filled out a Google form picking what they were going to explore.

Here is a final list of what we are going to offer:

  1. Robotics- Build a program that moves a robot around an obstacle course. (Dempsey)

  1. 3D Printing- Learn how to design objects that can then be printed using the 3D printer (Rambach)

  1. Google Hangout-  Video chat to students or other experts who use code to create (Rachal)

  1. iPad Programing -  Control a story with characters on a screen and make a background that can be interacted with.  (Wells)

  1. Here there are a wide variety of projects and games that you can play around with such as Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, and other simple but addicting games.  For a little more challenge try Code HS.  (Coffman)

  1. Khan Academy and Girls who Code-  Ready to dig in for real?  Try Kahn Academy and complete build with JavaScript, HTML / CSS as well as SQL.  (Hellwig)

  1. Made with Code-  Here there are a wide variety of projects that you can play around with such as...Control lights at the White House, Modify a selfie, Make an Avatar (Eckert)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Let them Code

Next Wednesday, Journey, Harmony and Mr. Dempsey's classes will participate in the Hour of Code.  We are still in the planning stages but we are excited.  Here are two videos that we have shared with our students.  
We will have kids playing with NXT robots, a Google handout with Parkway, a classroom with Ipads, among many other activities.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Play it again Sam!

Pink Room has been working on a bird house.  They also drew a bird to go in their bird house. I asked Sam if he was interested in designing it.
He said Yes! Here is the drawing.
Here are his designs.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Heat Stations

Goal 7 deals with heat and how it is transferred.  So I set up stations that students are working through.
I asked a student to make a pinwheel in makerspace.  Then we put a heat source under it and I asked the kids to explain what happened. 
Here is a web simulation.
Labeling the different types of heat transfer.
Finally, students compared the time it took for different metals to cool.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Demo Day

For the last couple years Dempsey and I put together a bunch of chemical reactions that are a tad to dangerous for the students to do.  
Slow motion on my phone makes this one really cool.  
Elephant Toothpaste
Science not magic.