Friday, January 30, 2015

In honor of the Super Bowl

We had a student a couple months ago get a helmet from the high school that was unusable.  He then repainted and then designed the logo. Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Don't go changing.....

Here is that car that I posted the video about yesterday.  Now equipped with a lady bug shell and a gopro.
We have only just begun with the Christmas lights.  They have no idea what is in store.
Upgrading the power source.
I think I had a nightmare once about this mouse on wheels with lights for eyes.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What would you combine?

A couple of videos of a car that wasn't mobile but with some modifications it now rolls.

Questions about conductors?

Several of the formatives lead us to believe that there was some confusion of conductors and insulators so.......
Mr. Martin demonstrated with each class how conductors and insulators work.
Showing how salt water is a conductor but tap water is not.
One group created this frankenhack dog.  There was some soldering and re-purposing of toy parts.

Soldering some lights into the circuit.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Toy Hacking

Toy hacking is wrapping up.  Here are a few shots from the day.
Using a jumper wire to circumvent the switch.
Soldering a broken toy.
Diagramming circuits.
Mr. Martin explaining how the electricity flows in a conductor.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mr. Martin took over.

Today Mr. Martin planned and taught today's lesson.  He built 5 different circuits where the students could see and manipulate the wires.  
A switch with an alarm on it.
A parallel circuit.
Series circuit.
A student called us over to show and explain to us about his combined circuit.

Friday, January 16, 2015

When half the kids are away.....

We will still play.  Band and Orchestra were on school tours today so we combined Dempsey's class with mine.  Students first shared their ideas for the waste project with each other.  Then we watched some short videos from the Urban Farming Guys to get some more ideas.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Beat Goes On

Students are figuring out how their toys and circuits work.  Tracing the path of their circuit from battery to stuff (circuit board, motor, lights, and speaker) then back to the battery.
Getting to the gears and motor.
A students toy stopped working and Mr. Martin is teaching some soldering skills.
Man's best friend?
How does this thing work?
The sock monkey is just a shell of its former self.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Toy Hacking

To teach electricity we ask students to bring in a toy that moves, makes noise or lights up.  The students will then take apart the toy and remove the circuit.  Using the Ipad app Explain Everything they will explain four of the electricity goals.
No bones about this group.
Fixing a broken toy.

Checking in with Makerspace

Cross titch coming along nicely.
Playing with TinkerCad
Garage Band

Friday, January 9, 2015

What if we just asked kids to solve problems?

Today we started Friday Project Day.  Every Friday for the next month or two kids will create something that answers the question:  How can I reduce waste in my home, school, or community?  Today we talked about brainstorming and rules involved and then possible problems in each of these areas.  Students used a variety of methods to record their brainstorming sessions.
Big White Boards
Small White Boards
Really Big White Boards

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Stations continue.....

Mr. Martin discussing static electricity.
Is it science or witchcraft?
Charging balloons and attracting pencil shavings.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We. Are. Back.

Monday I was at Jury duty.  
On Tuesday we gave the pretest on electricity.  Rather than have students just complete the assessment, we set out manipulatives dealing with each learning target.  This allows them to not only manipulate the concepts but also to move during the assessment.  This picture deals with comparing a series to a parallel circuit.
Today we moved on to Target 1: Students will be able to describe the interactions of alike and unlike charges.  We set up 9 different stations that students will rotate through dealing with like and unlike charges.  
Looking at the affects of magnetic fields.
Students who tested out of target 1 working on projects.