Wk. 16 Newsletter: 4th-6th
4th graders worked on a new simulation in which they analyzed different forms of energy converters. They created new systems and identified what type of input energy was used and what type of output energy occurred. In Makerspace, students continued to work hard on their paper circuits. Shout-out to Enkhjin and Siri who collaborated together on a project. This was a challenging topic for some students, because when their system wasn't working, they had to troubleshoot several different options for what may have gone wrong.
- 5th Grade- Students were able to start coding on Apple's platform called Swift Playground. Students will be tracking their progress on a project guide, which will allow them to move at their own pace. Our goal will be to create a world and create a storyline that matches. If a student has access to an iPad at home they will be able to move farther along. Unfortunately, the program is not web-based or available on Android devices. If students wish to practice during recess, they just need to see me for a pass! Room 111 received an introduction to the app but we had to cut our time short due to our monthly incentive.
- 6th - Rm. 107 finalized their testbeds and begin analyzing the inputs and outputs of their system. One group progressed into Activity 4 to create a toy, without the use of any parts of the brain or remote controller. While stumped at first, students ultimately designed a toy car! Students will create a presentation on what they designed when we return from break. Students in Group A were also able to present their robot presentations.
6th - Rm. 109 prepared their paper chains for display and students were able to critique them during a gallery walk. Two groups got into an interesting debate when one group questioned the accuracy of another's group chain length. The group in question was able to remeasure their chain and realized they made an error. Shout-out to both groups for catching the error and accepting that mistakes happen.