Saturday, March 4, 2017

Week 25 Wrap-Up

What a fantastic week of STEM Lab discovery and achievement! This week the lab hosted: Ms. Tran's Kindergarten, Ms. DiPersio's 1st grade, Mr.  Arzola's 2nd grade, Ms. Bailey's 3rd grade, Ms. Grimaldo's 4th grade, & Ms. Lavergne's 5th grade,

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Ms. Tran's LitterLess Ambassadors created a new poster series and filmed a PSA to encourage everyone to "Feed the BIN!". They went out and did a fantastic job on their campus clean-up! These Green Heroes are a constant source of Panther Pride and a wonderful example of our Leader In Me philosophy at work.

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In the STEM lab, 1st grade and Kinder were very productive in their classes! They accomplished so much that they earned a Free Build Friday! We also had our first Course I graduates! Arlene from Ms. Thormodsgaard's class and Jorge from Ms. DiPersio's class have successfully completed all the puzzles and challenges. Congratulations to these Panther Programmers!

2nd & 3rd grade worked on a set of Scratch challenges designed to introduce them to the range of possibilities in the "looks" and "motion" blocks. They also worked on customizing sprites and synchronizing movements and changes with message and equation blocks.

4th grade worked through a Scratch Tips lesson to make their own video game and also completed the cardboard challenge arcade! They reused egg cartons, tape roll centers, plastic cups, cardboard boxes, plastic sporks, and cereal containers to create a range of very creative arcade style games. They invited Ms. Allende's Kindergarten to come for a play day on Friday. The games were a huge hit!

5th grade worked their way through the Mini Milk Carton Automata project and completed the first set of challenges on the Scratch Task cards!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Week 24 Wrap-Up

This was a short week due to the early dismissal day on Wednesday, but a very productive one! The STEM lab hosted Ms. Hernandez's kindergarten, Ms, Brown's 1st grade, Ms. Mosquera's 2nd grade, Ms. Guzman's 3rd grade, Ms. Aguilera's 4th grade, and Mr. Torres' 5th grade.

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Ms. Hernandez's Eco-Schools Green Heroes created a wonderful PSA this week. They met (via YouTube!) an icon of my childhood, Woodsy the Owl! We borrowed his theme song for the video and their new poster series! They choose Ms. Brown's 1st grade to be their buddy class to do their campus clean-up and help spread the word about their anti-littering activities.

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In the STEM lab they worked very hard on their course and are really doing well!

Ms. Brown's class made excellent progress in this week! Everyone who had finished with Stage 14 got to work with the BeeBots. They all did such a good job, that the class was able to enjoy a Free Build Friday also!

2nd-4th grade completed two Scratch challenges - one where they created a project using every on of the "looks" blocks and another where they experimented with customizing sprites and creating additional costumes.

5th grade spent their STEM lab week working through each phase of the design process to create their mini milk carton automata