Open HouseLast week the older students went on a field trip. This week for the younger students it was Open House time! For the AIM and Penticton grade 1/2 classes it was an opportunity to invite parents in to see what we've been working on. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to drop in! Both classes showed parents the recording work that we've been doing using Audacity. We also showed them the deciphering tools we have been using on the Crypto Club website.
In the AIM class we put the parents to work; partnered with a student they took part in the Straw Bridge Building Challenge. Each parent-student pair was given 15 straws and 25cm of masking tape. Their task? To make a bridge that spanned a 30 cm gap and was strong enough to support a coffee can. The can could be rested on the top of the bridge, or suspended below the bridge using string. The next part of the challenge was to see how many golf balls could be placed in the coffee can before the bridge collapsed. Everyone was successful in building a strong bridge! Caitlin and her dad blew away the old record for this challenge by building a bridge that supported 11 golf balls and 5 pairs of scissors. We ran out of golf balls, thus the scissors. Who knew we needed more than 11 golf balls?
|AIM students and parents with their straw bridges.|
Zip Line Building ChallengeThe ASPIRE class were given a new building challenge: design and build something to carry a ping pong ball from the top of a zip line to the bottom in 4 seconds or less. This challenge involved dealing with friction and balance. Students were quickly able to construct a vehicle to carry one ping pong ball. They didn't stop there though; they were very motivated to see if they could carry two or more ping pong balls. Watch the video below to see their results (link).
That's A Wrap!The Penticton grade 3-5 classes did final work on their radio shows. We also took the opportunity to listen to recently completed shows.
Upcoming EventsLast week of classes: May 12th - 15th
Parent Meetings: starting May 26th. Schedule with individual times will be sent home this week.
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