May 21, 2019
Today students were challenged to build a maze with a start, finish, and at least 3 obstacles. The maze needed to consist of paths for a marble to fit though. Students tried out each others mazes and enjoyed doing so.
April 30, 2019
In the lesson today students were to build their very own Classroom Helper. After looking around the classroom for items they can make out of legos, the students discussed with their classmates the ideas they had to make this classroom better. The items they made were out of legos and their imaginations ranged from making more staplers for the classroom to another computer and even a new and improved book shelf.
March 4, 2019
February 25, 2019
Today the students made their very own checker board. They worked as a team and used legos of all shapes and sizes to come up with 32 plates of one color and 32 plates of a second color. They discovered that a true checker board consists of 64 squares and although it was challenging for them to come up with it, they enjoyed the challenge.
February 4, 2019
Today students were to make predictions and use their imaginations as to what or who the new villain in the second Lego Movie may be. Students watched the movie trailer. Teacher asked for students to listen for key words about the new character. Male or female reference, hero or villain? Students began creating the new character’s home, vehicles, and family out of legos based on their predictions and what they know from the previous film. One thing they ALL noticed was the name of this new character’s home “Sistar System” possibly referring to a sister to the previous film’s main character. we shall see next week…..
January 28, 2019
Today the students were to spell their name out of Legos. It was the first day so they were challenged to engineer themselves the name tag out of Legos. Communication is a big part of engineering. This challenge to get them to communicate their name to other students through the creation of physical solution. The second challenge today was to build a raft. Our goal was to raise the rafts by blowing on them. Our tub was not big enough for the raft sizes that were built. But they did see if their raft can float. They built a raft and made predictions…..would their raft float or sink? Through raft building students were exploring balance and buoyancy, pushes and falls.
November 5, 2018
October 29, 2018
STUDENTS WERE TO BE CREATIVE AND BEGIN CREATING A CREATURE OF ANY SORT WHILE MUSIC PLAYED. WHEN THE MUSIC STOPPED THE STUDENTS PASSED THEIR CREATION TO THE RIGHT AND THEIR NEIGHBOR WAS TO ADD TO THE CREATION. THIS CHALLENGE INVOLVED COMBINING IDEAS. AT THE END OF CLASS, EVERY “MUSICAL MONSTER” WILL BE UNIQUE BECAUSE OF THE COMBINATION IDEAS. (IDEATION:THE PROCESS OF FORMING AND RELATING IDEAS.)
October 22, 2018
Haunted House: Students were to build a crooked haunted house. As we all know it is the home to the spookiest ghosts and ghouls. They were to add their own twist on their very own Lego creation and build a haunted house with their group. They had to use their coop collaborative skills and work together to make up the best haunted house they can imagine. They had to use their communication skills and come up with a haunted house as a team. They use their imagination and they were ready to share their creation aloud.
October 15, 2018
Seesaw: Today students had to build a seesaw. They had to make sure it was balanced was able to withstand the weight of a lego figure. We discussed buoyancy, balance, weight, and position.
October 8, 2018
Today the students made a machine to help “Mr. Bear” enter a building without a ramp or any handicap access. Mr. Bear is handicap and in a wheelchair. The students looked for a safe way to get Mr. Bear to explore the building without having to get out of his wheelchair.
September 24, 2018
RAMPS: We discussed gravity and force. Students were to build a ramp out of Legos. Students were challenged because they had to stop and think if the hot wheel provided will fly down the ramp and how far it will go? What can make the car go faster? Students made predictions, experimented, observed and Had fun.