Directive: design a piece that could be given to a loved one during the holidays. Students were allowed to look at websites like Instructables for inspiration, but if they chose to download a template they had to modify the design in a significant way.
View the results:
Following Grade 4’s Stem the Gender Gap field trip to NASA, we launched the Wind Tube project. In groups of 6, students built a wind tube using wood, plastic, tape, and a fan. Next challenge = build and test flying structures!
The students in the Grade 8 Design Elective were given the following directive: In teams of two, create a Halloween sculpture that interacts with the world.
Materials used: Hummingird Duo (arduino, motors, and sensors), cardboard, tape, paint, air drying clay, vinyl, tulle, leaves, paper cups, hot glue
Here are some of the results:
(8th grade) NASA Experiments just landed yesterday safely in Texas from Space! Their experiments were launched from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in New Mexico up 121,516 ft (23 miles=37 km) above the Earth as part of the Cubes in Space Program. Their experiments had to fit it a cube just 4 centimeters by 4 centimeters!
“The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Remote payload from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Launch Site at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The JPL Remote mission is the third of six planned launches during this year’s fall balloon campaign in New Mexico. JPL Remote is an upper atmosphere research experiment that will help us better understand stratospheric chemistry and the stability of the ozone layer. The payload took flight on a 29.47-million-cubic-foot scientific balloon that, when fully inflated, is roughly the size of 99 blimps.
“I wish I could take your class!”
– eighth grade parent
It’s going to be a great and very creative semester! Check out the sides:
“Wow, mind-blowing! Can I attend Hamlin as a fifth grader!”
– anonymous fifth grade parent
With a year of coding and robotics like this who wouldn’t want to be a Hamlin fifth grader?
When the chair people for the eighth grade dinner dance came to me asking if I could help them troubleshoot their idea for creating a gallery of student images – I immediately thought of some seventh grade students and our Riveter Lab tools which I knew would be up to the task.
The problem was given to seventh grade students who took the challenge! They added to the challenge some cardboard, their creativity, our laser cutter, and a little spray paint … and VOILA! An beautiful effect – walking through gorgeous photos floating in the air – was created.
Of course the chairs in their kindness recognized the hard work …
On Thursday March 31st the @RiveterLab hosted the 5th grade class and their parents as they launched into their final trimester of science. This trimester will see the girls exploring Design & Engineering heavily so what better way to launch than a m@k3r event!
Students and parents had the opportunity to build with TinkeringLabs Electric Motors Catalyst Kits, explore our collection of Little Bits, Build and compete throwing “PowerUp” paper airplanes, and play the video games they created in Scratch using controls they also designed using MakeyMakey. It was a really fun night of learning for students and parents alike!
40 of 44 girls attended our event and these students were accompanied by 29 Moms, 21 Dads, 17 Siblings, 1 Uncle, 2 Grandparents and 2 Babysitter/Nannies … that’s a total of 112 people that attended our Maker Event!
An event like this doesn’t just happen; the tireless work of Mr. Wilsey, Ms. Brisson, Mr. Lengel, and the entire Building & Grounds team needs be recognized – as well as the commitment of so many parents to come out and support our program. Thank you all.
The grade 5 students are excited about STEM night in a couple of weeks. In programming class, we have been coding Scratch games and building Makey Makey controllers. Our controllers are constructed using various materials such as playdough, pennies, wire, water, and more. Here is a preview of the girls busy at work. Hope to see you at STEM Night! It’s on March 31 @ 5pm!