Thursday, January 25, 2018

Weekly overview - week of 1/1/18

During this unexpectedly short week back, students returned to their exercises using the Arduinos. They are learning to use various components (and combinations of components) in order to a) better understand the capabilities of the Arduinos and b) better understand how each component works in order to use them, potentially, with the robots that they’ll be building in the near future.

On Wednesday, Sarah (one of our wonderful parents) took the class on a tour AVL Automotive to show us how engines are tested and data is collected. Sarah, along with three other SK parents, will be advising teams of students as they start building their robots.

We also returned to Player Piano. In pairs, students are focusing on one specific chapter in order to identify key plot developments, character developments, themes, and settings. They will present their chapters to the class next week.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Weekly overview - week of 12/18/17

Over the course of this short week, students started designing in Tinkercad, a web-based CAD program that allows them to create 3D designs. They then turned their digital creations into physical objects using the Makerbots (3D printers). This first assignment asked them to create keychains with their names in order to practice manipulating figures on three axes.

In pairs, students presented their slides on their assigned electronic components, such as photoresistors, servo motors, and piezoelectric speakers. They taught their classmates about both the science of how the component works and its practical application.

We ended the week with a super fun bowling party with the 5-6s (see below).

Have a safe, healthy, and joyful break. To a wonderful 2018!