Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Woodstock Elementary Participates in Hour of Code 2017!

Our students just participated in the largest global educational event in history!

 Hour of Code, is an exciting international event that took place this year during the week of Dec 4th through 10th, or Computer Science Education Week. 

 In 2013, the non-profit partnered with other educational organizations and school districts to issue the first Hour of Code Challenge.  Since then it has been a growing movement, and this year alone over 500 million students participated.  Our students were counted among them.  In the younger grades, we do "unplugged" activities - which teaches the fundamentals of coding - but without computers.  Older grades get to choose from a variety of computer-based games and tutorials put together by, Kahn Academy, Google, etc.  

Second - Sixth Grade created LEGO building codes that they exchanged with their classmates to try to build the exact same LEGO structure - without looking!  They built them from their classmates' codes.

The older grades also did the LEGO coding activity in Library classes, and increased the level of complexity - writing in empty spaces that needed to be incorporating into the final structure.

Students receive a certificate of completion!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

First Grade Models - What Causes Day and Night

Of course I don't have any pictures of this doing this project with First Grade students, because we were too busy making our models.  Here is the example they followed. Really important to get an image of the Earth from the poles so that the rotation is accurate!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Second Grade Engineers Wind Blown Seeds

As part of our Life science unit, second graders have been studying what makes good characteristics for a windblown seed. We culminated this unit with an engineering task in which the students created their own windblown seeds.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

STEM Lab Donation

Thank you Maplefields for a $500 donation to the STEM Lab at the Woodstock Elementary School

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Students in The After School Club Explore The Carvey

Lucie deLaBruere - of Create Make Learn fame - was kind enough to loan us the use of her new Carvey - a desktop CNC-for a few months to explore. Knowing that I love to bring woodworking to kids-and bring new technology kids- it seemed like a natural merging of the two. We are just beginning to explore what this could look like in our STEM lab setting.

Fourth Grade Craft Stick Constructions

The Fourth Grade has been working on Popsicle Stick Constructions.  From trucks to Ferris wheels to jewelry boxes.  They have been learning symmetry, balance, adherence, and persistence.