Sunday, April 23, 2017

Statistics in Action

Students in Rith Carver's Statistics in Action course are partnering with Mural Arts to help the organization collect and understand data about community impact of their art installations.  Earlier this year, students visited the organization and heard from key players including Director of their Porch Light program and GA alum, Laure Biron.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Students Engineer Sea Glide Submergible Device with Mike Kelly

Upper School Engineers Off to Nationals!

On Saturday, March 18th, ten of GA’s Engineering (H) students participated in two robotics competitions: the SeaPerch Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Challenge and the SeaGlide Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge. Our team won so many awards! The biggest trophy was for the SeaPerch Overall and Contract Award. Other awards for SeaPerch included: 1st in the Pool Performance (and a chance to go to Nationals), 2nd in the Engineer’s Notebook, and 6th in the Presentation Category. There were over 30 high schools in SeaPerch this year, and our ROV was the only one to complete the new “Pipeline” Challenge!T hese honors have earned GA's engineering class an invitation to attend the national competition later this spring.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

4th Grade Student Engineers design Toys for African Monkey Sanctuary

4th graders were visited by Animal Defenders International (ADI) Education Director, Gigi Glendinning.  Gigi shared stories about several monkeys ADI rescued from harmful situations, and brought to Lakeview Monkey Sanctuary, in the UK. Practicing empathy, the students spent time thinking about the experiences and the needs of these primates; specifically, their need to be mentally stimulated.  They used the DESIGN THINKING PROCESS to create toys that will fascinate and challenge the monkeys.  The students worked collaboratively to brainstorm (or IDEATE) their sketches on paper.  The next step was to build a sculptural sketch, (or PROTOTYPE).  The prototype needed to go through multiple adjustments (or ITERATIONS), before it was ready. The students used tools such as drills, saws, hot glue guns, and clamps.  Some of the materials included rope, wood, cardboard, felt and tubing.  Every prototype was put to the TEST as students pulled, banged, dropped and played with their designs….just as if they were monkeys themselves! The children wrote letters, descriptions and project titles to go along with each toy.  They also recorded video interviews describing their work.  We plan to send all of the prototypes overseas to Lakeview this spring and look forward to seeing pictures or videos of the monkeys enjoying them!

Friday, March 17, 2017

7th Grade English Students Use Maker Space for Study of Symbols in Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit Symbols Project

Students in seventh grade English headed to the Beard Center for Innovation to create a three dimensional object using Makerbots and the laser cutter to create a physical rendering of symbols gleaned from a close reading of Fahrenheit 451. In making their designs students were asked to explain how the object connects to the big ideas in the novel.  Symbols were constructed from 3d printers and textual evidence was be etched on wooden boxes that were laser cut for component assembly..  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

5th Grade Paper Circuit Design Challenge

Fifth grade students in Lauren Vanin's class learned about how electricity flows though a circuit by engineering circuits on their own.  Experimentation and self-direction were key elements to this unit as students were not told explicitly how to build the circuit.  Using a project specific design brief in their design thinking process, students had to strategically place a light in their construction that highlighted the achievements of the person they studied.