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Thank you for visiting the blog. You should find the most current information about what is going on in our class below. Due to copy write agreements with PLTW, weekly descriptions will be breif.  To find out more details about what is going on each week, log into your PLTW portal and click on this weeks challenge.

 

 

 

Week of December 3rd-7th:

 

This week will wrap up our Puzzle Cube PLTW challenge.  Please remember that SketchUp is a program that you only have access to at school.  Make sure you use your time wisely to complete all your tasks this week. 

**If you will not be able to complete all your tasks you need to plan on coming to Success Block on 12/13 to complete any unfinish tasks.

 

 

These are the questions we will adress as you design and create your puzzle cube:

 

  • EQ1.1  How is a design process used to effectively develop a design solution that solves a problem or addresses a design opportunity?
  • EQ2.4  How does using a CAD application benefit an engineer?
  • EQ2.5  Why is it important for an engineer to be aware of the criteria and the constraints when designing a project?
  • EQ2.6  How does documentation play a critical role in each step of the design process?
  • EQ2.7  How can mathematical modeling help designers understand a design?
  • EQ2.8  How can computational thinking be applied when developing an engineering solution?  

On Wednesday 12/5, we will take a break on our projects to celebrate Hour of Code Week and learn about this awesome STEM website that teaches computer coding. You can access this website at home as well.  It is a lot of fun.  www.code.org

 

 

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Tiny House Tour of Homes. . .

Here are some pictures from our tiny house competition and pictures of the winners.  Leah S. and Emma B. tied with Jadhir A. and Michael H. for 1st place.  The tiny houses had to be created to scale, could be no larger than 1000 square feet, and must include 3-d furniture. Students had to apply  problem solving skills, research skills, design ideas, construction techniques and their personal creativity to complete this Problem Based Learning task that incorporated their STEM skills.  The winners received trophies created on our 3D printer. 

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 26- 30

This week will will continue working ont the Puzzle Cube PLTW challenge.  We have moved on to Challenge is Challenge 2.2.  We will be building a puzzle cube (similar to a rubic cube).  This is a fun challenge that really requires you to think.  We have now built our puzzle cubes and and moving on to learning how to use SketchUp. This is a CAD program where students will learn 3d modeling skills.  So that they desing their own 3D creations and 3D print real soon. 

 

These are the questions we will adress as you design and create your puzzle cube:

 

  • EQ1.1  How is a design process used to effectively develop a design solution that solves a problem or addresses a design opportunity?
  • EQ2.4  How does using a CAD application benefit an engineer?
  • EQ2.5  Why is it important for an engineer to be aware of the criteria and the constraints when designing a project?
  • EQ2.6  How does documentation play a critical role in each step of the design process?
  • EQ2.7  How can mathematical modeling help designers understand a design?
  • EQ2.8  How can computational thinking be applied when developing an engineering solution?  

 

  

*** For more details on this challenge log-in to your PLTW account and look at Challenge 2.

 

        

 

November 5- 16

This week will will start a new PLTW challenge.  This Challenge is Challenge 2.1.  We will be building a puzzle cube (similar to a rubic cube).  This is a fun challenge that really requires you to think.  

These are the questions we will adress as you design and create your puzzle cube:

 

  • EQ1.1  How is a design process used to effectively develop a design solution that solves a problem or addresses a design opportunity?
  • EQ2.4  How does using a CAD application benefit an engineer?
  • EQ2.5  Why is it important for an engineer to be aware of the criteria and the constraints when designing a project?
  • EQ2.6  How does documentation play a critical role in each step of the design process?
  • EQ2.7  How can mathematical modeling help designers understand a design?
  • EQ2.8  How can computational thinking be applied when developing an engineering solution?  

 

 

 

*** For more details on this challenge log-in to your PLTW account and look at Challenge 2.

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October 15-  November 2, 2018  - TINY HOUSE TOUR OF HOMES FRIDAY- NOVEMBER 2. 

 

The  week of Oct 15 is conference week and classes will be shorted.  With our shorter(smaller) class times we will take a break from our PLTW unit and talk about small living and tiny houses. You will learn about tiny houses, life essentials, and space design and incorporate your building, measurement, construction, problem solving, critical thinking, and life science knowledge to construct a 3-dimensional model of a tiny house that is personalized to your taste.  Then you will use your knowledge of marketing techniques recently learned in your LA class to create a Real Estate Listing Flier for your tiny house. You must aslo carefully document the design process and explain your thinking behind your design plan.  You can either choose to work alone or with a partner to complete this design challenge. The picture below is not the exact project but an example of how a final product could look.  :)

 

 

 

 

The week of October 29 is the week we will be finishing our projects.  Please pay close attention to the daily progress to make sure you are able to finish the project on time.  I can not wait to post so pictures of the final project on the blog next week.  You are all doing and AWESOME JOB being creative and apply your skills to this project.  

10/30: Tuesday- Work on real estate Flier for Tiny house.

         Success Block Session to work on Tiny house project

10/31: Wednesday- Halloween Themed STEM Challenge (we will not work on our projects this day)

11/1: Thursday- Final day to work on Tiny House project.

            Success Block Session to work on Tiny house project

11/2: Friday- Tiny house tour of homes.  MAKE SURE PROJECT IS COMPLETE

 

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Week of October 8, 2018 

  

This week we will continue working on Project 1.4 Investigating the Inside.  This is one of our PLTW modules.  You will work with your group each day to complete a mechanical dissection of a puzzle cube and then create modifications for student who has cerebral palsy.  Please access your PLTW portal for specifics of what we will be doing each day.  Our goal is to present our modifications to the class with your group on Friday or Monday.  Please make sure you are working dilligently with your group to be ready for our presentation.

 

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 Week of October 1, 2018 

  

This week we will begin project 1.4 Investigating the Inside.  This is one of our PLTW modules.  You will work with your group each day to complete a mechanical dissection of a puzzle cube and then create modifications for student who has cerebral palsy.  Please access your PLTW portal for specifics of what we will be doing each day.

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Week of Sept 17, 2018 

 

This week we will work on measuring with accuracy and precision.  Students will learn how to use a variety of measuring tools in this unit.  We will be applying the measurement skills we learning last week to build, construct, and test a skimmer.  This week schedule will include shortened classes and an alternating daily schedule due to CoGAT and ITBS testing. 

Monday & Tuesday-  Skimmer Launch and Reflection day

Wednesday-  Design and Models used by Disney Ingineers Activity

Thursday & Friday-  Deminsioning and sketching objects to scale

 

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Week of Sept 10, 2018

 

This week we will work on measuring with accuracy and precision.  Students will learn how to use a variety of measuring tools in this unit.  We will be applying the measurement skills we learning last week to build, construct, and test a skimmer.  This week schedule will include shortened classes and an alternating daily schedule due to CoGAT and ITBS testing. Our Skimmer Project will be something that we work on all week.

Video tutorials for Skimmer Project

 video skimmer launch.mp4 

 video main body panel(2).mp4 

 video air_scoop_fins.mp4 

 

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Week of Sept 4, 2018

 

This week we will work on measuring with accuracy and precision.  Students will learn how to use a variety of measuring tools in this unit.  We will practice measuring both virtually and using hands on methods.  For more information log into your PLTW portal and click on lesson 1.3.

Tuesday-  Introduce Accuracy and Precision with measurement activities & Cornell notes .

Wednesday-  Measurement tools tutorials and guided practices with guided notes booklet (virtual learning activity)

Thursday & Friday-  Hands on Measurement practice.

 

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 Week of August 27, 2018

This week we will continue to apply sketching skills to our latest Project Lead the Way Challenge .  Students learn various sketching techniques that they will use to document the design process.  We will wrap up the week by submitting complete Isometric and Multiview sketches and completing our learning reflections.  .

Tuesday & Thursday-  If you are having difficulty finishing your AFO reflection that we started last Monday, PLEASE come in during Succcess Block on Tuesday or Thursday this week so that I can help you.  The reflection is due by this Friday, August 31.

 

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 Parents. . . If you were unable to attend Open House here is the PowerPoint that we discussed.  Open House 7th PBL2017.ppt 

 

Week of August 20, 2018

This week we will continue to apply our collaboration skills and problems solving skills to our first Project Lead the Way .  Students presented their AFO's last week.  We will wrap up the unit this week by completing our learning reflections.  And then start our next big challenge the Puzzle Design Challenge.

Monday & Tuesday-  Learn to use Microsoft OneNote and utilize it to type and submit AFO reflections.

Wednesday-  Introduce types of sketching.

Thursday & Friday-  Practice Types of Sketching.

Week of August 13, 2018

This week we will continue to apply our collaboration skills and problems solving skills to our first Project Lead the Way task. Students will design and build an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) for a person who has cerebral palsy. 

The big questions for this unit are. . . 

- Why is communication of design ideas with teams and with stakeholders important throughout the design process?

- How is a design process used to effectively develop a design solution that solves a problem or addresses a design opportunity? 
- What role do team norms play in making a collaborative team more successful?
Monday- Complete AFO construction
Tuesday- Test Model. Make any revisions to your prototype. Prepare your presentation.
Wednesday- Present final product.
Thursday- Group Work Rating.  Complete reflection questions individually.
Friday- What is it like to have cerebral palsy?  Video clip and article analysis. This will build background info for your next big challenge.
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Week of August 6, 2018

This week will apply our collaboration skills and problems solving skills to our first Project Lead the Way task.  

- To get into your Project Lead the Way account, the website is my.pltw.org.  You were given a username in class that should be glued in your agenda AND written in you PLTW Design Notebook.  The password is PALMER7.  Please do not change your password.  

- After we learn about out first challenge we will design and build a foot orthosis for a person with Cerebral Palsy.  

Things you will learn during this unit. . .

1.  What is Cerebral Palsy?
2.  What is a foot orthosis?

3.  How can I work effectively with my group to design a product?

4.  How can I use the design process to create a final product?

*** You are welcome to bring in your own supplies for building your foot orthosis.  Supplies will be provided but if you bring in other supplies you can let your creativity run wild.

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August 1-3:

We will spend this week learning about problem solving techniques and how to effectively collaborate with our peers.