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!
If you see sixth grade mathematics students hoarding business cards in their lockers it is because they are knee deep in the construction of a Menger Sponge. A giant, 3-dimensional fractal built entirely out of creased business cards, the Menger Sponge is a year-long 6th grade mathematics project that picks up where the 5th grade Rubiks cube curriculum leaves off. Following themes of algorithmic process and requiring generous helpings of patience and persistence, the Menger Sponge continues to show students that there is more to math than crunching numbers. Each final product will consist of 2,400 cards and appear as a massive cube nearly 2 feet in height, width, and depth! Stay tuned to hear more about the development of the project…
Students in Upper School Performing Arts had a very energetic and creative master class in Drama! They read a synopsis of a play, Willy Wonka, and then put on the ENTIRE show in a one minute pantomime. Their creativity in designing their scenes showed that they clearly understood the sequence of the show’s plot and could pick out the most important elements to highlight for the audience. There was lots of laughter and risk taking on stage! What a great success … and terrific practice for our Spring musical!
The year is 5018. Archaeologists have recently unearthed a city hidden for thousands of years following a massive volcanic eruption in 2018. Remarkably, the inhabitants were able to escape, but their houses remained preserved, a snapshot in time. It appears that children had painted pictures on their bedroom walls that told stories about their lives: what they liked to do, what they enjoyed, and what their days were like. This is the scenario that sixth graders imagined when they created their own fresco paintings in visual arts following an investigation of the history of fresco painting and how much of what we know about daily life in the ancient cities of Akrotiri and Pompeii is from images preserved on walls. The students are also writing their own creative stories from the point of view of the archaeologists making this new discovery and interpreting the images they uncover.
6th Grade continues to progress through their robotics unit! We are studying sensors and programming the robots to use them so that they can work autonomously. We began this project by asking the big question of what makes a robot autonomous? As we looked around the room and thought about the broader world, we realized just how many different sensor based items there are.
We have tackled a touch sensor that triggers commands when pressed, a light sensor that allows us to teach the robot to follow lines and a ultrasonic sensor that uses sound waves to calculate distances from objects. The students’ understanding of sensors will be critical for their next robotics project – looking at real world issues and problems and developing solutions using robots. Stay tuned!
The Girls 5th & 6th Grade basketball team opened the season on January 3 with a 36-7 win over Bi-cultural Day School. The girls dominated all aspects of the game including scoring, defense and rebounding. Over half the team contributed to the score and Grade 5 point guard Ryley Tate-Padian scored double figures. Come cheer on this powerful team of girls…Go Gators!