Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Journey of 10,000 views begins with...

I started this blog two years ago after going on a tour of Walter Ambrose Family Center.  Merlene and Marty described how we would get daily blogs via our child's teacher.  I thought it was a fabulous idea.  So I stole it.  I started with just pictures because I don't write so good.  It has been a tremendous reflection tool, along with a visual history of the happenings in my classroom.  Thank you for following along in my Journey (pun intended).

Charlotte was my 10,000 view.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Robots. Robots. Robots.

We took the kids to see the First Robotics competition.  Shannon's cousin has a daughter who was competing.  So very cool. 
The field.
The kid playing.
NASA brings a mobile fabrication station.  In case you need something in a pinch that you don't have tools to build.
One of the robots.  This years task dealt with recycling.  You had to stack four boxes on top of each other.  Then move them from one place to another.
A sorting hat, duh.
Future builder.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Optimizing the Experiment

After four attempts at burning a screen we finally have the process down.  In order to screen print you spread a light sensitive emulsion onto a screen.  Then you place your art work on top and expose it to light.  The part around the art work hardens due to the light.  The part where the artwork blocks the light washes away.  Now on to printing.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wooden Shoes

Here is the braided cloth to hold your foot on the shoe.
Trimming the base.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How does light interact with stuff?

Students are taking pictures around the room to show the difference between transparent, opaque, and translucent.
Then they are using an IPad to explain what happens to the light waves.
The picture is of the table.


It's that time of year again for printing T-shirts.  We are working on our process of burning screens.  We failed big.  However, since we controlled all of the variables we know what to change.  Science. Is. Awesome.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Maker Cart Upgrade

Dempsey and I had a visitor come to our 6th hour.  We had written a grant to the Webster Groves Foundation.  We found out that the grant has been funded.  We are excited, energized, and most importantly grateful for the support.  Thanks to Melissa McCartie for delivering the good news, Jerry Pinkner for all you do, the rest of the Foundation and the Webster Groves community.  Stay tuned for info on what we purchased.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Here are some of our finished videos.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Finishing Up

We are finishing up movies today.  I will post some movies tomorrow.
Some built filming rigs.
Cutting out props.
White Boards
I bet these ring stands and clamps have never been used for stop motion.

Monday, April 13, 2015

We Are Back

We have finally finished MAP Testing and can get back to your regularly scheduled programming.  We are beginning a project where students are using stop motion video to explain Target 3.  Students will describe how changes in energy cause changes in loudness and pitch of a sound.
That is a student made Ipad stand from makerspace.
An over head filming view.
An introduction.
How does the volume button and amplitude relate?
Whiteboards were the preferred medium.  Yeah dorky science pun intended.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ideal Workspaces

Friday while English continues to test I walked my 5th hour through design thinking.  The task is to design an ideal work space for your partner.
This is a desk I designed for a student.  It includes a fridge (lower left leg), a white board and pencil holder built into the top and a coaster dispenser.
Here is my desk.  It includes monitor, embedded microwave, swivel chair and a surprise treasure chest.
After design thinking, I got out all four Spheros and let kids play.

My Buddy Left

So Friday was Mr. Martin's last day.  
Martin, Dempsey, Tesla, and Me
As a parting gift Dempsey and I put together a survival kit.  It included only the necessities- hemostats, zip ties, screwdrivers, a clamp, a box cutter, wire cutters, a rubber mallet, his first hot glue gun, and of course a french press.

Thursday, April 2, 2015


Today I had 6th hour all morning.  English is MAP testing.  We are designing ideal workspaces.
Explaining ideas.
"Her bookshelf with a hidden bean bag room behind it."
"I'm really proud of the couch."
"He needs a helper.  So this is his robot.  He also likes the color blue."
"So this is his soccer arena.  The gate is for after the game is over.  It releases puppies so no one is upset if they lost.  I mean who doesn't love puppies."
An iPhone holder so you can watch videos while lying down.