Remixing a Starter Project, Session 14

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.

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Easter Holiday Cards, Session 13

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.

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Spaghetti Bridges

The scholars are back! Today, they started to build a bridge made out of spaghetti. We had a surprise guest, Harper. She explored the classroom helping everyone out. She learned a lot about bridges and created some things of her own. They had to measure how much weight their spaghetti bridges can hold. They all had a blast creating their bridges. They are excited to test it out next week. Now, the weather is getting nicer, so no one is going to freeze.

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Project Day and Special Guests

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In today’s STEM class, everyone got in their project groups, and continued working on their houses and spreadsheets. Towards the end of the day, 3 construction managers gave a lecture on their jobs and what it is like to be a construction manager, the class asked interesting questions. It was really an awesome moment.

 

 

 

 

The Plant ( Field Trip )

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In today’s STEM session the kids went to “The Plant”, an abandoned meat facility turned into a nonprofit building focused on vertical inside farms and shops. During our visit we explored the different floors of the building, seeing old smoke chambers that have been transformed into bathrooms and coming across a indoor pond with turtle. At the end of exploring the building, we returned to the classroom and made our own indoor vertical farm with a filtration system, a cool experience.

Using Scratch, Session 12

We started our morning with a constructing our community game where students were asked a series of questions about their game controller design with different partners. A Scratch tutorial was given to help students with their next challenge. Teams then made adjustments and completed their game controllers. Their game controllers were tested and the teams received feedback and suggestions. During break, the class participated in two brain break games, brain wires crossed and Rock Paper Scissors dragon. Teams started their next challenge of exploring and making a Scratch animation.

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BitSpace!, Session 11

The 8th grade class had a field trip to BitSpace this session. BitSpace teaches students to build using hand/power tools, 3D printers, design software, game development, and much more. Our STEM scholars participated in the software part of BitSpace. Students had the task to create their own obstacle course game in the software Unity. Teams switched computers and tested each other games once done. Everyone was so creative with making their obstacles courses and had a fun experience learning game designing.

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