Monday, December 10, 2018

Technology and Innovation K-4

Fall Masthead 2018
Fall Masthead 2018
Fall Masthead 2018
Fall Masthead 2018
Fall Masthead 2018
Hour of Code Photo

Hour of Code

West and South School celebrated Hour of Code the week of December 3-9. Students visited the Hour of Code website where they were given the option to choose coding activities. Based on their level of experience with computer programming, students could code using Blockly software, or write a computer program using JavaScript. Coding is continuing in classroom spaces and with the Innovation Clubs at both South and West.
Click here for links to the Student Favorites from Hour of Code.

West School: November Innovation Challenge Photo

West School: November Innovation Challenge

Nearly half of all food that is meant to be eaten gets thrown away in America. It takes much longer for food in a landfill to decompose than it does in nature. Rotting food, in a landfill, releases greenhouse gas called methane which is unhealthy for Earth. Students at West School became Food Rescuers by designing inventions that will help eliminate food waste in the West School Cafeteria. There were some very BIG ideas including a drone prototype and some very practical ideas like proper advertising and a fun composting game. We look forward to implementing some of these ideas in the West School Cafeteria.

West School: October Innovation Challenge Photo

West School: October Innovation Challenge

Students worked in pairs to create a scale model of West school. To start, students were given a simple scale drawing of West School and used the drawing to create their own blueprint on graph paper. This challenge explored the following math concepts: measurement data, using a ruler to measure to 1/2 and 1/4 of an inch, and finding the perimeter. Once the blueprints were finished, the classrooms visited the Innovation Station to get their materials and build!

PE BreakoutEDU Photo

PE BreakoutEDU

West School students participated in a BreakoutEDU about Healthy Choices. BreakoutEDU brings “escape room” strategies to the classroom. BreakoutEDU is a game that has students thinking critically, problem-solving, troubleshooting, and working collaboratively. Students worked in teams to complete a physical fitness challenge and then used their brains to unlock boxes.

The Candy Corn Bandit BreakoutEDU Photo

The Candy Corn Bandit BreakoutEDU

The candy corn bandit visited South School 1st graders and led them on a scavenger hunt. The students participated in a BreakoutEDU to solve the clues. We practiced our growth mindset as we unlocked the boxes and discovered the final prize!


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