Monday, February 29, 2016

It's a Farmer's Life for Me!

Today was the Sphero Tractor Pull.  Our winning tractor pulled 720g.  I recorded a stop motion video for your viewing pleasure and recorded the winning pull.
Stop motion from the ceiling.
video
720 big ones.  Grams that is.
Simple
A runner up
Repurposing an old pinewood derby car. 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Postponed the Pull

They needed more time for testing and prototyping.  We decided to postpone the pull until Monday.  I took some pics of some tests.
Kinda looks like a Dalek
The blue is foam.
There lead cup would flip over so they added supports.
Big wheels keep on turning........

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Water Robots

We are getting down to the wire.  We have two work days left.  There was a fair amount of soldering and packing motors.
Soldering the motor to the control cord.
That's one way to strip a wire Mr. Hayes.
The ladies do some soldering.
The seal of approval.
Packing the taped motors in wax.
Gloves are a must.
Packed and soldered motors.

Arena of Domination

During the snow day I went to get a piece of foam board for a robot arena.  Today in Discovery we built it.
Glueing and screwing
Taping
Gathering data using the arena.

Heavy Lifting

Testing was the name of the game before the big pull tomorrow.  So many designs. 
3D printed Webster Mobile
The top of a funnel
Two cups (thanks Aimee Dempsey for the donation)
Our new tractor pull arena.
The Lego class.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What do you see?

Testing, Testing, and more Testing.  Most were in full swing collecting data and modifying their first prototypes.  Cups are a theme but in no way the majority of how kids are solving this problem.



We took over the hallway.

Lego's off to the races.

I hope they are getting something from the Smartwater sponsership.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Looking Through Windows

Kids have started construction.  Designs are become realities.  Thursday is our tractor pull.  I am always amazed at student solutions to problems.  The simplicity of some designs and the complexity of others.  It amazes me that when you look at a prototype it's like looking through a window of their thought process.  
A cup with Popsicle sticks
Ox and wagon
Connects that were to heavy for the Sphero.

Tupperware and tape
The test
3D printing is always an option.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Auditors in Training

As part of second semesters Friday Project day students will answer the question "What will you make that will generate or conserve energy in your home, school, or community?"  So Dempsey and I created a form for kids to go to classrooms around the building and audit the energy use.  This will give us some data to think about as they brainstorm their solutions.
Taking Temperatures
To infinity and beyond
Calculating kWh
The counselors office 
What should I put?
Data input in the Cafeteria.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mentors and Motors

Today we had a visitor from Boeing, Marcos Chu.  He has volunteered to help us on our construction journey.  Today was also prep the motor day.
Marcos introductions
Wrapped motors in electrical tape.
A second motor.
The gentleman is a wrapper.
Drilling holes in the cases.
A group shot of the fellas.
The ladies hard at work.

Provocations

So Dempsey and I switched rooms because my room was already set up to  learn to code Sphero.  Kids then started designing, tinkering, and in some cases construction.  In Dempsey's room there was a box of lego's in the back of the room.  It was amazing to watch kids flock to them.  Then the questions started.

"Can I make my chariot out of Lego's?"
"I love Lego's!  Can I use them?"

As you may know I have two children at the Ambrose Family center where they are using a Reggio model of learning.  I have seen their teachers use provocations.  Today I inadvertently used them.   Monday I will show some finished models.

Provocations
~ Deliberate and thoughtful actions taken by adults to provoke or extend children's thinking
~ Starting points to encourage interest, involvement, creativity and thinking;
~ Something that sparks question, interest, ideas, theories, discussion  debate and engages the children's thinking



Planning
A google drawing
Tinkercad in the house
Also Tinkertoys
More tinkercad designs
A student designed ready to print model.