Eighth Graders recently used Beebots programmable robots to explore vectors in physical science class. The teams of students were given a grid mat, a Beebot, compass rose direction cards, a meter stick, and a recording sheet. They were then given time to explore by programming the Beebot to follow the paths and record the distance and displacement. They did three trials and recorded the paths of the Beebot, as well as the distance and the overall displacement. Then the students were asked to come up with their own conclusion about vectors. Lastly, they predicted possible paths that would prove their conclusion and tested them. It was a hands-on learning exploration which reinforced the concept that order of individual distance vectors does not effect the overall displacement vector. From here the students will continue to explore the relationship between vector representation and physics concepts such as representing velocity with vectors. Moving away from measuring distance on the Beebot mats, the students will learn to use the Pythagorean Theorem to calculate the magnitude of a displacement vector.
Middle Schoolers Explore How Education Works
The Exploratory Program for Middle Schoolers at Principia School in St. Louis provides choice, variety, and balance, challenging students to try the untried and to expand their educational horizons. Delivered in a flexible format that allows for small group and individual work, most classes are electives and include students from all three grade levels. There’s […]
Open Window School Eighth Graders Join Google Hangout with Dr. Hugh Herr
Open Window 8th graders recently received a special invitation to join a Google Hangout with MIT’s “Bionic Man” Dr. Hugh Herr. This was one of many opportunities these students received as a result of having their mobile app named “Best in Nation” in the 2014 Verizon App Challenge. Dr. Herr was one of the country’s […]
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Aspen Academy’s Spanish Muralist Club
Aspen Academy’s Spanish Muralist Club encourages student artists to explore Spanish history through their creative talent. This semester, our students learned about Mexican artists, Posada, Clemente, Kahlo, and Rivera, and the effect that major historical events had on their individual styles. The result was their elongated Dia de los muertos ‘esqueleto’ that was displayed at […]