Two students in WeDo Robotics decided to build and program an Earthquake Simulator, and they made a video which I am sure you will enjoy. The shake model used in the project uses a piston to push and pull the test plate. The motor power level of the program determines the amplitude of the earthquake generated. The students modified their program to simulate stronger or weaker earthquakes.
Invention literacy not a literacy of communicating ideas with words or abstractions. It means understanding the objects in the world and being confident in creating new ones. Invention literacy is 21st century literacy.
||This week’s video was shot on Friday, March 17th, but these pictures are from the Tuesday class.|
In Bits & Bytes, students were challenged to Invent a Throwing Arm, that is, build a launcher that turns on the servo motor at the press of the button. In WeDo Robotics, Olivia and Juliana both finished buidling and programming the Snapping Alligator. This build involves a crown gear system that moves a belt on a pulley, that opens and closes the alligator’s mouth.
We are wrapping up our focus on spreadsheets and graphing this week. In this week’s first video, 6th graders are doing an experiment, measuring carefully and recording data before they make a graph using Google Sheets.
Our second video features 4th graders using Tynker on iPads. Tynker’s Physics Engine allows children to make fun games using properties like bounciness, collisions, and gravity without having to manually program all these complex interactions.
Well, we are happy to announce that we have learned a lot about machines and gears and forces and motion, and we are even happier to announce that we have finally completed our video!!