Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
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.
We are hoping for weather like this Tuesday or Wednesday.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
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.
Sometimes a brush isn't effective anymore.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
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.
A rain barrell
CD solar panel
Solar Powered Phone Charger
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?
Friday, May 13, 2016
Today we took the crew to Springfield to see the Lincoln Museum and New Salem. Here are a few shots from the day.
A life mask, but it was shown to a sculptor and they swore it was a death mask.
I love me some Abe.
The original maker at New Salem.