Friday, June 8, 2018

Paper Cities

The culminating project for science this year was to design a paper city using engineering knowledge. These paper cities were inspired by artist Maciek Janicki.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Roads for Hexbugs

During mentoring this week, the Electricianeers helped guide the Ladybugs to build a road with a bridge for a Hexbug. Hexbugs were designed to give children a positive experience with robotics along with having bug like attributes that make them life-like. 

These bugs have a mind of their own, so students worked to create barriers on their roads to keep the Hexbugs under control.

This is a version of a Hexbug.

Designing the road
Which blocks should we use next?
Sisters working together to build their road
Designing a small road
Let's see if our bridge works!
"Ours needs a ramp!"
"I know. Let's build the biggest road!"

Friday, April 13, 2018

Painting the Benches

Our class auction project is coming along! The theme is Harry Potter creatures. 

We are painting:
Fluffy-the three headed dog
Niffler-a creature with a long snout
Phoenix-large swan sized scarlet bird
Basilisk-giant serpent

Painting Fluffy

Painting Fluffy and the Phoenix

Painting Niffler

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Build a bench: Part 1

Let's put our students to work! 
Our class auction project is to design two benches. The first part was to prepare the lumber for painting.

This project focuses on teamwork, cooperation, and communication skills. 

Students moving the lumber outside.
More lumber moving!
It takes teamwork to move a table which will act like saw horses.
Measuring the lumber to cut the boards in half. Students learned that each board was
2 in by 4 in by 8 ft. So to cut it in half we would have to cut on the 4 ft mark.
Pulling out the staples and labels on the boards.
Cutting the boards was a new experience for most of our class! It was great to see them try a new skill.

New experiences are important to encourage further explorations. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Dr. Seuss Day

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss Day! Across the country, thousands of people participate by bringing together books and students. 

What better way to celebrate than to read with our 1st grade friends?

Dr. Seuss wrote at least 44 books in his lifetime.

Did you know that Dr. Seuss would have been 114 years old this year?

Dr. Seuss books are full of different messages. 
For example, he encourages children to be open-minded in the story Green Eggs and Ham by telling the reader to try something new, you might like it. 

At the end of the day, students voted in our class "cutest stuffy" contest. The winner was the husky!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Defend the Fort: Part 2

Defend the Fort Part 2: Defense Supplies

Each student was given a budget of $3,000 and costs of items to decide on a plan for defending our fort. Then the class voted on which plan would defend our fort the best. This plan would then be used to create our defense plan. 

Costs of the defense supplies

Our class created an attack plan on the Magnetists class using their map to determine where we would enter. These plans were evaluated to see which class was victorious.
Electricianeers classroom map

Magnetists classroom map

Outcome of the mock classroom invasion:
(the outcome was written like a battle story and described the battle)

Attack on the Electricianeers allowed 2 victory points for the Magnetists.

Attack on the Magnetists allowed 6 victory points for the Electricianeers.