Thursday, October 20, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Yesterday was my last day with my first round of 5th and 6th grade classes. Everyone set up their marble mazes to share with their class. Students had the opportunity to try each others' mazes, leave feedback, and self-assess their own work. It was awesome to see the variety of creations!
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Students in my 7th and 8th grades classes have been given the task of creating something that moves. They must incorporate at least one of the simple machines we studied and one element of the project must be 3-D printed. Today everyone seemed to need power tools!
Monday, September 26, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
My seventh and eighth graders started off the year with 3-d design. Using Project Ignite students learned the basics of Tinkercad. Their first task was to create a simple 3-D printed nametag using some of the skills they learned. I love how they each came up with a unique design. Here are the latest ones, hot off the printer. They will be touching them up with the Dremel tomorrow!
Friday, April 1, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Some of the third and fourth grade students come to Design Tech with a little experience using LEDs and coin cell batteries. In addition to learning about circuitry, one of my goals for them is to understand how the batteries power the LEDs. One of the first experiments we do is testing different colors and numbers of LEDs. So much fun hearing their predictions and "ah-has".
- I think that you can use more cool colors with one battery
- The red ones are brightest
- The white ones take all the power from the other ones
- Green and blue work together, but green and red don't
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
The week before vacation at Williston Central School is Theme Week. One of the workshops I am offering is Photo Booth Fun. I have lots of props, including a green inflatable suit as well as a spandex bodysuit. We are having a blast using DoInk to experiment with the effects for both photos and videos!
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
The third and fourth graders had fun with another design challenge today. A little creature named "Harry" visited our classroom and wanted to be placed where he could see the whole room. Each group was given a few materials and asked to create a perch for Harry to be able to see the whole classroom. I loved seeing them work through this together!