Project Discovery Update for PTA eNewsletter

Posted by Laurie Sullivan at 2/1/2015

Follow Laurie Sullivan on Twitter @lsullivan for weekly updates from the Discovery Lab. Kindergarten – Check out the tweets from K teachers @KWBwelsh, @KirKkangas and @OwlsLewis showing the students in action in the Discovery Lab 2nd Grade – Did your child share with you the “Fortune Teller” he/she made to show how people & nature can be both helpful and harmful for endangered sea turtles? Students also completed a 3, 2, 1 Journal for the story of Cara the Sea Turtle. 1st & 3rd Grade – Students are having fun learning about computer programing while “playing” The Foos on the iPad. While engaging with the app, students encounter concepts such as sequencing, loops, conditionals, critical thinking and perseverance. 4th & 5th Grades – Students rotate through four centers related to engineering & technology. Students work at each center for two days in a row.

  • Students use iMovie to create book trailers related to the Engineering Design Process. Check out some of the students’ finished projects!
  • Using the interactive app EdPuzzle, students respond to a flipped lesson about bridges filmed in the Tiger TV studio with Dr. Sullivan’s niece Julia and a local retired high school math teacher. On Day 2 students engineer and test a load on a bridge built with KNEX.
  • Students log into their Discovery Education student account to access various resources to learn about engineering & bridge building. Students construct & test virtual bridges with Cargo Bridge 2 on Chromebooks & Birds Build Bridges on iPads. Relating to software engineering, students compare & contrast apps from the “Hour of Code”
  • Students work through the Engineering Design Process with retired mechanical engineer Dr. Stu Jessup as they build a cantilever to support a 4 pound weight.