Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What is an Oscilloscope?

It's a tool to measure sound waves.  When paired with a sound generator we can then see what changing the volume and the frequency of a sound does to the wave.
Discussing these changes.
Measuring a soft high frequency sound.
Tuning fork
Mr. Martin showed a video of scientist using sound to lift objects.  Here he uses a fan and a beach ball.

Stations Cont.

Finishing up stations.
Playing with a sound tube.
Timing how long the sound comes from tunning forks with different frequencies.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Sounds Like a Plan

We set up some stations today dealing with sound. 
Different sized beakers make different sounds.
Comparing mediums that sound can travel through.  
Making some straw clarinets.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Mrs. Gavin said she had some students who were interested in designing and 3d Printing during her Fibonacci unit in GEMS.  Sam (yeah that Sam) taught several students how to use tinkerCAD.  Here are their finished products.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Checks and Balances

When studying the constitution and checks and balances you should talk to an expert.  So Mrs. Tumminello on Quest and our own Mrs. Rachal invited two lawyers and an Appellate Judge to answer questions.
They started in three separate rooms introducing themselves and answering questions.

We then moved to the auditorium for a panel discussion.  Huge thanks to our presenters and our organizers.  It was a fabulous learning experience.

Monday, March 9, 2015

We've started Light and Sound

We introduced waves today and Mr. Martin got out the wash tub bass.  There is no charge for lessons.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Spinning a yarn predicament.

So I follow instructables on twitter.  The other day this: The-Unspin-Inator came up in my feed.  I approached a couple of students to build this for some yarn we have.  
They measured and drilled.
More measuring.
Few more steps to go.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Can we learn from play?

Kids took turns "playing".  I gave very few instructions during discovery and by the end of the hour everyone knew how to work the Sphero.  
Questions were asked.  Testing was completed.  
I can't make this stuff up.
I started making a container that could hold weight.  Forces and Motion here we come.

Monday, March 2, 2015

What if?

......during our Force and Motion unit we taught students how to program.  Meet Sphero.  It's a smart phone/ tablet controlled robot.  You can control the movement and the color.  There are numerous free apps that are used to control it.  Several apps that we have begun to play with are the Macrolab and the Draws and Drive app.  With the Macrolab you program exactly what you would like the Sphero to do and the order that you would like it to perform the tasks.  Draw and Drive allows you to have the Sphero move in the shape of whatever you draw.  
The unboxing.
We bought two for now to test and play.
So it begins.