As the 2018-2019 school year is coming to an end, we are starting to wrap up HackShop. We began class with a quick brain break to get everyone energized and engaged. The STEM intern director, Ms.Beemsterboer, came to discuss the intern position and application process to our 8th graders/incoming freshman. Students then proceeded to complete and improve their portfolios by fixing paragraphs and adding images. Sadly, today is the students last session working in HackShop before graduation.
As the fifth graders wrap up the year, they began constructing their final parachutes. Each of the materials were given a price and their budget was $10. Their goal was to build not only a safe parachute, but also one that was on or under budget!
Today we had a very active session. Immediately we began class by students continuing and correcting their portfolios. We then took the class to Holy Trinity’s Robofest to explore and learn about the different robot creations. When the students returned back to the classroom they continued the challenge until the surprise celebration with pizza and cake!
Before beginning class the students created farewell cards for the 5th grade teacher of the STEM program, Ms.Casey. LaKeisha, our high school prep intern, began class with giving the students a task of researching their desired school. In HackShop, we reviewed coding, using code.org, to start our final project. Teams have split and students are now working individually on their personal portfolios using the Timble software.
The scholars started to work on their bridges. Thehh created some bluprints and got them approved. Some started to work on them right away, while others chose to practice. One of the bridges was never created before here in STEM. So, it’s exciting to see what happens. After that, they created a solar system with mints and strings. It was a solid day for the scholars.
This session was the day when the scholars were ready to test their spaghetti bridges from the last session. Although they were faced with the challenge of limited spaghetti, they crushed expectations, and most bridges held an exceedingly amount of weight. The heaviest load that a bridge had taken was about 9,250g. From testing their bridges, they can learn from any mistakes so that their next bridge can hold even more weight. Now, the scholars are ready to start their next project, which is a truss bridge made out of popsicle sticks.
We began our session with another high school prep activity. Our STEM interns came and talked to the students about high school preparation. The interns gave tips, shared experiences, answered questions, and overall calmed their nerves for the next big step. After activity, students went into teams and began challenges. While some continued working on their Easter holidays cards, others went onto next challenge of remixing a starter project. In this challenge, teams have to “remix”, change coding, of a starter game in Scratch which is similar to the Hack the News challenge.
Today, students began class with a high school prep activity where they learned how open Master Locks to help them with their future lockers. We had a brief discussion about the final project, creating a portfolio, and played our constructing our community game where students were asked their hopes and fears for high school. Teams then retrieved their laptops and got to work. While some teams finished up last week’s challenge, others began the next challenge of creating an Easter holiday card in scratch. After diligent work, the class had a 5 minute brain break. We ended the session with the students completing their creative holiday cards.
The fifth graders played the Over and Up Squares math game, where they had to plot ordered pairs. They would get points for plotting coordinates and making line segments and squares. They also learned about projectile motion and air resistance by using a simulation. Using their knowledge about air resistance, it will aid them in constructing their parachutes!