Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sixth Grade Finishes a 3D Printing Unit

 Using Tinkercad, their assignment was to make a car or a container - with a lid that fits.  

First Grade Uses Model Eardrums to Study the Ear

 Students used a cone to represent the ear.  Their classmate tapped the cone so kids could hear what that sounds like.

They then added a plastic cup "eardrum." and their classmates again tapped the cone.  They all reported that the sound was louder with the "eardrum."

 They then colored model pictures of the structure of the ear in their science notebooks.

Friday, April 22, 2016

KID'S CHEMISTRY- Kindergarten Tests for A Chemical Reaction

Two white powders- one flour - one baking soda. Which one bubbles with vinegar?

I added blue or yellow food coloring to the vinegar for the wow effect!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Video of our Bridgebuilding Team!

 Sixth Grade Students - Ian Goldberg, Nixon Malik, Evan Kurash

who took 2nd Place for the Middle School Division!

Special Thanks to Mr. Fisher!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Woodstock Elementary School Sixth Graders Take Second Place in Bridge Building Competition


Bridge Building for VT Tech Popsicle Stick Competion

link to digital movie of Bridgebuilding

Sixth Grade students, Ian Goldberg, Evan 

Kurash and Nixon Malik competed in the Vermont Technical College's Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition. The only materials allowed in this competition are Popsicle sticks, Elmer's Glue, toothpicks and dental floss.

 Mr Fisher helped us a lot with lessons on structure and stability.

Finally putting the deck on!

 After months of designing and construction, we went to the competition to see our bridge "fail" at 205 lbs of pressure.  This was a good performance, and earned us second place in the middle school division.  It also gave us lots of great ideas on how to make our design even better next year.
Congratulations Evan, Ian and Nixon!  Great job!

Here is a video of it breaking.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Using our new Vernier Temperature Probes to Experience a Chemical Reaction

Baking Soda and Vinegar
When added together undergo a chemical reaction.  One of the key indicators of a chemical reaction is temperature change.  The students are determining whether it is an exothermic or endothermic reaction.

We were awarded a $900 grant from VASE, the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering, to buy five Vernier temperature probes, and five Labquest Minis (the digital probe interface) These are great because they can be used with chrome books and you can see a temperature change graph in real time.

First Grade Light Studies - Transparent, Translucent and Opaque

First Graders constructed 3 different lenses through which to see the world, one of clear plastic, one of waxed paper, and one of solid paper.  We are learning the vocabulary of light and how it interacts with different materials.