Do You Hear That?Posted by Lloyd Mitchell
Sixth grade continues to explore robotics! To gain a better understanding of how sound waves travel and are measured, we first used an app for measuring the room’s sound in decibels. We then used our robots to see how various different sounds are measured so that we could understand how to program the robots to successfully follow sound commands. Our initial trial run ended in a robo crash, but trial 2 proved successful! We are about to begin our culminating activity in our robotics unit – students will use their new sensor skills to program the robots to tackle a real world problem with automation. We look forward to seeing the results of our hard work!
Transferring Energy With A Disturbance – A Fun Disturbance For 8th & 2nd GradesPosted by Craig Knebel
The 8th grade is studying waves in science and learned that the scientific definition of a physical wave is a “disturbance that transfers energy through a medium.” In lab, the 8th graders researched the two main kinds of physical waves: transverse and longitudinal. They were then assigned the task of transferring energy in a slinky down the stairs. The excited disturbance of the 8th graders outside their classroom, led to some cooperative learning with the second grade…and several races!
Explosive Learning going on in 8th gradePosted by Craig Knebel
A friend told me recently that the only graduation speech he attended in the last 20 years that he can recall had a prize winning scientist advise everyone to grab something reactive and blow it up, to see how fun science can be. Well, the 8th grade at Unquowa was studying the reactive metals in column one of the periodic table, so why not test the book learning and drop Sodium into water and see if it indeed blows up. It does.
Winging It In Fourth GradePosted by Carlene Gordon
Our fourth grade scientists are currently studying the design process within a unit on technology and design. Students are learning that engineers often make models within the design process to evaluate design and make decisions. Our students were tasked with creating paper airplanes as models with varying wing designs. Students then took their planes for a test flight to see which wing design carried the plane farther. Results were evaluated and students formed a conclusion as to the best wing design for their applications.
It Tastes Great!Posted by Sarah Pollex
Is banana bread a healthy snack? When baked by Margot, Daniel, Greg and Chef Jessica, not only is it healthy, it’s delicious! For their nutrition project, the team analyzed a banana bread recipe to determine if it could be modified to make a healthy snack. They discovered how easy it was to make simple substitutions for flour and sugar, but would it taste good? From the preparation, to the baking and clean up, these grade 7 students were all smiles, especially when they added the chocolate chips. Yes, they kept the chocolate chips! When the bread was baked and shared with their classmates and teachers, their reactions were “it’s good!” and “it’s delicious!” Job well done Unquowa bakers!
Mixed Media Experiments with WeavingPosted by Krissy Ponden
The eighth graders have been working on an exciting and sophisticated project involving different media and critical thinking skills. Rather than weaving on a flat surface, they have been experimenting with weaving on branches and around corners to create unique framed projects. The students selected branches from Unquowa’s campus and cut and assembled frames in the makerspace to surround them. They had to apply their geometry skills to determine the precise cuts during the planning stage of the project, and then used saws, wood glue, and screws to assemble the frames. Some students chose to paint the wooden components, while others opted to retain the natural look of the materials. Finally, they crafted detailed and intricately patterned weavings that they attached in different ways to their frames and branches. Look for their finished projects on display in next month’s all school art show!