Friday, December 18, 2015

3D prints for Christmas

One of Dempsey's students is restoring a bass guitar for a friend for Christmas.  He sent me the file yesterday and I didn't get to it until today.  I asked if he lived in the neighborhood and he said yes.  So I put them on my window sill after they got done.
Two trebles and a volume
They were gone when I left work.

Ready to launch

Today we added a paper ring to the bottom of our ballons, tied off the top, and filled them up to check for holes.
Tieing the top
Filling up
Installation in progress.
Ready to soar.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

If you build it......

It was a hectic build day.  Balloons are coming along.
Here is a timelapse from today.
Some took over the hallway.
Gluing two panels together.
Some have made larger balloons.
Some have decided to experiment with design.
Sometimes the ceiling and a desk are what is needed.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Learning to Fly

The Mayhem of construction 3 days before break.  Today we started building our hot air balloons.  Glue sticks and tissue paper filled the room.

A quick stop motion of construction.

A quick shot of the mayhem.
Making panels
Some spread out and made themselves at home.
Tissue paper rips.  They figured out how to make a patch.
Cutting out the shape.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Finishing up the Waste Project

Today was a busy day as kids are finishing up projects and making presentations.
A bird house
Cutting drainage holes for a worm bucket.
Wetting down the worm bedding.
Happy worms
Completed worm bucket with Red Wigglers in their new home.
A sculpture from plastic bottles.

3D prints from Day of Code

Some prints from day of code and beyond.
Variety of projects
A car
Mr. Hayes is rehabbing an old pinball machine.  There are two rings that are unavailable.  So he did the only thing he could. He made them.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Unleashing the Code

This is our second year for Day of Code.  Last year 7 teachers gave students an opportunity to choose from a variety of coding opportunities.  This year the entire school exposed kids to coding.  7th graders coded on Tuesday and 8th graders on Friday.  The best part to me is most teachers don't know how to code, but were willing to take a risk.  It was an amazing day filled with a variety of experiences.  Thank you to all involved for the patience, support, and taking a chance for kids. 
NXT robots through a maze.
The programming side of NXT.
Some ladies getting instruction on how to code the robot.
Code combat
Sometimes you just have to get get down and dirty.
Mr. Hayes's room and a lot of Sphero's.
A former Hixson Alumni (Harry) and a professional telling their coding stories.
Getting a different perspective with Google Carfboard.
The Library was a learning space as well.
Using the big screen to watch a video demo.
The tech room also got into the act.  This was the loud group all still coding.
Rocking some block programming.
Here was the quiet group.
I ran 3D printing with and here was a design someone completed during one session.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day of Code

The Day of Code is upon us.  Yesterday kids chose what sessions they wanted. Tomorrow they will code.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

What are they learning?

As part of the toy hack students have to find conductors and insulators in their toys.  I show a quick way to test with a battery and a Christmas light and they are off.
Here is the tester.  If you place an object between the light and the battery and it lights up its a conductor.  If it doesn't light up insulator.
Here kids turned their toy binoculars into a flashlight.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Fix is On

Toys are breaking.  Toys are repaired.  The circle of life continues.
"So if I reconnect this.  It works."
"My headlight went out. So I added a wire to complete my circuit."
"It needed more lights."
"How do I reattach this wire?"

Friday, December 4, 2015

Let's Get Making

Today was one of three reducing waste days left.  On the Friday we get back from break we will do another gallery walk.  Many are in full making mode.
This is a 2 liter bottle that will turn into a Yoda planter.
Planning where the vertical garden plants will be positioned.
Creating the planters and working out drainage.
Fundraising to purchase plants to plant around Hixson.
Creating posters for a recycling contest.
Drilling holes in a Vermiculture company bin.