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In September we constructed solar ovens that were put to use on a sunny day. A HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to Renee at Newberg’s Pizza Hut for donating the boxes for this project
From Soozie McDonald. Hoping the link will work this time!- This is the sign up to help with the 4/5 Holiday Party.
Our students were privileged to be part of a virtual video chat via Google Hangouts with Andrew Buckley, a journalist from the Cape Cod, MA area. Mr. Buckley is very knowledgeable about the history and geography of Cape Cod, and more specifically the Chatham, MA region. Recently a beach to the south of Chatham Harbor experienced a breach due to erosion, and it formed a new waterway. This all happened on April 1st, and it has been aptly named Fool’s Channel. Our focus in STEM right now is Geology, and specifically on the cause/effect relationships of erosion, so this was the perfect opportunity to learn from a resident expert about a real-time event. We had planned on our virtual chat on Friday, but our wind storm and power outage forced us to reschedule to today. It all worked out well in the end, and it was a great learning experience for us all.
Our students having been learning about energy since returning from winter break. This week we focused on the renewable energy source- wind. Students used the engineering design process to design, build, test, and improve wind turbines. Vernier energy sensors were used to measure voltage data. Students analyzed their data and evaluated their constructions.
Our fifth graders have been reading about early cultures of Mesoamerica (Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans) in the Amplify reading series. Throughout the unit, students chose to read and research indepth about the cultures’ architecture, farming methods, or social classes. They paraphrased their notes and wrote paragraphs for each Mesoamerican group. Students now are in the final stages of the project and are creating Codex books (a certain type of Mayan book)to demonstrate their learning.
Students are conducting test runs with their NXT robots for the upcoming Line Follower Challenge.This involves some careful manipulation of variables such as sensor settings, light sensor placement, speed, and and turning.