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
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
Several of the formatives lead us to believe that there was some confusion of conductors and insulators so.......
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
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Today Mr. Martin planned and taught today's lesson. He built 5 different circuits where the students could see and manipulate the wires.
A student called us over to show and explain to us about his combined circuit.
Friday, January 16, 2015
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
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.
The sock monkey is just a shell of its former self.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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.
Friday, January 9, 2015
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.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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.