Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Where does our food come from?

Dempsey had dirt delivered today the was donated by the Webster Groves Gardening Club.  The raised beds we received in a grant from Donors Choose.  We finished building and filling and the beds are now ready for plants.
A good day to dig.
Filling beds
Building beds

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cooking with Rays

Today we cooked.  This year we provided Ramen.  Some students decided to bring in thier own food.  A great day to end the year!
Ramen in a Pan
Lunch served soon.
Still a ways to go.
Bringing it!
Grilled cheese
Tastes so good!

Testing Full Steam Ahead

Today we tested cookers.
It's getting hot.
Let's see what this puppy can do.
A sweet design.
That's one use for an umbrella.
Trying to keep cool.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Constructing, Testing, and Modifying

Some have started to test thier solar ovens.  I love having conversations after they have gone through thier first rounds of testing.  

S: How can I make it hotter?
T: I don't know I have never made one.
S: What if I kept the heat in with some plastic wrap?
T: You should test that.

Sweet design
Heating up
We are hoping for weather like this Tuesday or Wednesday.

Friday, May 20, 2016

We Built a T-shirt Folder

We need to fold some T-shirts so a student built a T-shirt Folder.
Step 1
Step 2
Step 3
Step 4

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harnessing the Light

For our last project of the year we are designing and building solar cookers.  Students have started building. We are aiming to have a cookout either Tuesday or Wednesday.  Hope for sunny weather.
Insulation inculded
A student is in Florida on vacation.  Her partner wanted to Facetime.
Solar cooker?  Fashion Statement?
Cheap insulation

Sometimes a brush isn't effective anymore.

Helping a 3rd Grader

We got an email from a 3rd grade student a Avery.  He was designing a robot as part of his 20% time project and wanted to print it.
The Print
Fully assembled.
Ready to ship via-interoffice mail.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Energy Walk

Today Dempsey's class and my class shared the work that we have done on the question:  How can you create or reduce energy use in our home, school, or community.

Potato Batteries
A rain barrell

Nickel battery
CD solar panel
Solar Powered Phone Charger
Trying to create a solar panel
Fruit Batteries

What if we let them ask questions?

As part of the Energy project these students were interested in bringing solar power to Hixson.  They started to call different solar companies.  Several companies they talked to on the phone, and were told that it would need a significant amount of money.  Microgrid Energy said they would love to meet to discuss possibilities.  Before the meeting I heard comments of 

"I was up all night thinking about what I was going to say."   
"We wrote up questions to ask."
"I am so nervous."

Tuesday they had a meeting with Paul Marske from Microgrid.  It was incredible.  They were poised.  They listened.  They asked questions.  When Mr. Marske gave them an alternative to putting in solar panels.  They didn't become discouraged but rather excited about moving forward.  New questions arose.  New Ideas were thought.  Actions and next steps were planned.  

What if we let kids solve problems?  What if they change how we do things?  

The meeting
This is how the world works.
Thank you to Paul Marske for taking the time to meet.

Friday, May 13, 2016

A Trip Home

Today we took the crew to Springfield to see the Lincoln Museum and New Salem.  Here are a few shots from the day.
Lincoln Mask
A life mask, but it was shown to a sculptor and they swore it was a death mask.
I love me some Abe.
Dell's Popcorn
The original maker at New Salem.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Energy Projects

Prototyping is under way.  Here are a few examples.
They are testing a water wheel.
Building a stand for a Ruben'sTube. 
Checking out the voltage of a penny battery.
Said penny battery lighting an LED.  They ended up lighting 3 LED's.