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Thank you to all my students, I had a wonderful year, and I hope you enjoyed the class as well. I hope some of my 7th graders come back again (I have a lot of new ideas!), and I have nothing but fond memories and good wishes for my 8th graders. Please come back and see me, I miss you already.
Only a few weeks left! We started the computer science unit by taking computers apart and learning how binary code works. All 111111 of my students seem to understand. We moved on to how codes are used in history, and the ethics of hacking. Now students are working independently using a computer program called Scratch developed by MIT and they are applying their new coding skills to a final project. The end of the year will offer an opportunity to participate in a joint boat project with Mrs. Shook's Advanced Design class.
We completed the Circuits and Electricity unit. Students had a choice of final assessment, some chose a soldering project, others competed in a phone case design challenge, and others completed a 3D printing project. My goal is to offer more choice for students to 'show what they know'. This trend will continue into the next Computer Science unit and students will participate in a variety of activities based on their interests and needs.
My goal was to finish the electricity unit by the end of the third quarter and I almost succeeded. We will have one more week when we return from spring break and learn how to solder. After that we'll begin the next to units which are computer hardware, software, and coding.
Happy New Year! We have finished the Design and Modeling unit although I was disappointed that Autodesk has given us so many problems this year (again). We're beginning the Circuits and Electricity unit, another one of my favorites. The 'maker' movement is grounded in animating things and making things moved. I hope this unit will give students some inspiration in diving into electronics this year. We'll segue directly into computer coding since they fit so well together. I'm looking forward to seeing what students come up with.
As we near the end of the Design and Modeling unit, we actually begin one of the best parts. Students will learn the basic techniques and accepted practices for sketching, isometric, and orthographic drawings. This will take us into the world of designing parts using Computer Assisted Design (CAD) with Autodesk Inventor. Once students can design parts in CAD, they can export them for 3D printing and rapid prototyping on one of our 3D printers. I was fortunate enough to get a grant that allowed me to purchase a laser cutter and I'm hoping it will be here soon enough for students to begin using that as well.
We had a great kick off to the new year. We've started with the basics of the Design Process and students studied each step and then solved a real world problem complete with prototype. We'll be reviewing the history of measurement and exploring some ways that measuring used to be accomplished before everyone had tape measures and ultrasonic sensors. Next comes engineering sketching techniques for design and modeling.
Class Shirts available
The most amazing class on campus needs it's own amazing t-shirt. Students received order forms today for the class shirt or hoodie. They are black with with school logo in color on the front and the name of our class Applied Science and Technology. The back reads "Duct Tape Rules the World" in silver (what else?). Shirts are $10 and hoodies are $20 in adult sizes. This is not a class fundraiser it's just a fun thing to own and shirt design stays the same year to year. It's a classic. Order forms are below in the 'Files' section if you need a new one.
Welcome back for another new and improved year of STEM education at Mesa View. We have new units, new tools, new ideas, and new students to make a great adventure. This class requires a composition notebook, preferably with graph paper pages. If you have a notebook from last year and it is in good condition, it will work for this year too. I look forward to seeing my new and returning students. Get ready for the Design and Modeling unit to begin.