First Session of 2018-19

For our first session of the year in math we started with introductions. We then moved to discussing high school entrance exams. The class took their first 30 minute test prep.

In the HackShop we started with an icebreaker/building community game called Red Ball. We talked about the meaning and importance of Computer Science. The class watched a kid president video and set their goal for year. The meaning and differences of white, black, and gray hat hackers was explained. Lastly, the students took the white hat hacker pledge and completed their first exit slips.

 

Makey Makey

Over these past few sessions of STEM, 8th graders started working with Makey Makeys to have an introduction to programming. One project that the 8th graders have been working on is creating a holiday Christmas card. With this project the students used the Makey Makeys and scratch to make an interactive programmed Christmas card. Another activity the students the students are currently working on is using the Makey Makeys and scratch to create some type of game controller that will be able to work with online games. First, the students need to think about an idea, write the code in scratch, and then create a game controller out of the provided materials(card board, foil, tape, glue). Overall this experience went really well for the 8th graders because they were able to gain the knowledge of programming.

Kinetic and Potential Energy

Today in 6th grade they continued to work on kinetic and potential energy. They had a experiment of getting a toothpick, with metal wrapped around a small part of it, to balance on different parts of their face and hands. They were so happy trying to get the toothpick to balance and eventually everyone got it. After this they worked on multiplication with big numbers,in math, and they were very impressive.
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