In class we used different coloured yarn and popsicle sticks for an art activity. At first, the students were only going to make one each, but they had so much fun, some decided to make four. We have them displayed on the bulletin board by the gym. If you get the chance, be sure to see their beautiful artwork.
This week the students participated in two Science AL!VE workshops. One workshop was titled Engineering Olympics and students used popsicle sticks, straws and masking tape to build their own bridges. The bridges were loaded up with weights until they collapsed and the students became so excited watching how much weight their bridge could hold.
I was also teaching the class about the Tacoma Narrows bridge which opened on July 1, 1940. During its construction, workers noticed the bridge deck began to move vertically during windy conditions, so they nicknamed it ‘Galloping Gertie’. On November 7, 1940 it was a windy day and this caused the bridge to sway violently and the concrete started to crack. Eventually the bridge collapsed due to aereoelastic flutter. There was no loss of human life. A single car was on the bridge and it belonged to Leonard Coatsworth. Inside of his car was his cocker spaniel ‘Tubby’. Professor Farquharson, who was involved in the design of the bridge, tried to rescue ‘Tubby’, but the dog was so terrified that it bit the professor. In university engineering and physics classes the Tacoma Narrows bridge and its design is studied by students.
We are fortunate to live in a province with so much natural beauty. Sometimes when I’m out hiking and exploring, I’ll take some video with my drone. A drone is an amazing piece of technology, but it must be used responsibly. Can you see the fishing black bear in the video? What’s your favourite part of the video? Do you like the music? In the lower right hand corner is a button you can click to see the video full screen.
In class the students have been learning about coding. We use the Sphero SPRK+ robot to foster creativity through discovery and play, all while laying the foundation for computer science. Students learned to program their Sphero SPRK+ to successfully navigate a maze we created using masking tape and the carpet in our classroom. How did you like using the Sphero SPRK+ in class? Did you find it challenging to create the code for your Sphero SPRK+? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Congratulations to all the students in Division 13 who presented their speeches in class. It’s clear that students spent a lot of time researching, writing, memorizing and practicing their speeches at home. It takes courage to get up in front of a group of students and deliver a speech. Public speaking is a skill that will serve you well in life.
Four students were chosen to share their speeches during the Public Speaking Festival in the gym. This involved standing on the stage, using the microphone and speaking in front of a larger audience which included judges, teachers, parents and students. Well done.
Megan – The Five Second Rule
Hazel – Why There Is No Such Thing As Girl Things Or Boy Things
Grayson – Firefighters
Amalie – Mohamed Salah
Our class went indoor rock climbing this week. For some students it was their first experience and for others they had tried the activity before. Students wore a seat harness and were belayed as they climbed. This is an activity where students learned about their own limitations. We had a two hour session and many of the students climbed right to the top of a number of different routes. The indoor climbing gym also runs camps for students during the Spring and Summer breaks.
Andy Goldsworthy is an artist from Scotland who creates art outdoors using brightly coloured flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pinecones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns. After learning about the artist, the students worked in partners to create their own art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. I was impressed with the creativity the class demonstrated during this learning activity. Below are some photos of their work.
This would be my perfect day. I would wake up at 8:30 a.m. and have breakfast. For breakfast I would have pancakes and bacon. After breakfast I would go ride my bike with my brother. We would ride all around the neighbourhood. After my bike ride I would have a Nerf gun war with my brother. After the Nerf gun war we would have lunch. For lunch we would have sushi. After lunch me and my dad would go swimming at the pool. We would have lots of fun. After the pool we would go down to the Westhill lacrosse box and play lacrosse with my family. After that we would go get a dog and bring him home. After we get the dog we would go to Apex and jump on the trampolines. After that we would have dinner. For dinner we would have my mom’s pizza. After dinner me and my family would go bowling. After I would have a friend over for a sleepover and watch a movie. We would stay up until 10:00 o’clock at night and play soccer in my basement and then we would go to bed. That would be my perfect day.
This would be the start of my perfect day. I would wake up and start walking to the kitchen, then for breakfast I would have pancakes with Nutella. After that I would go outside and ride my bike then go back inside of the house. For lunch I would have pizza and then my mom would take me to dance for three hours. Then when we got home we would get a hamster then we would eat dinner, we would have tacos. After that I would watch tv and my friend would come over for a sleepover, first we would watch a movie then we would make popcorn with chocolate, pretzels and m&ms. After we eat that we would go to bed and that’s the end of my perfect day.
My perfect day would start by waking up in a great mood, I would have an omelette for breakfast. After breakfast I would have a bike ride with my sister. Then I would go and draw in my room. I would draw a big mountain with a train under it. After that I would draw a map of the area around my house. I love to draw. Then for lunch I would have sushi. Then after lunch I would invite my cousin to come and play with Nerf guns. Then we would go inside and play Lego. When he left, I would play board games with my family. After we played a board game, I would play a game on my dad’s computer. When I finish playing the game on my dad’s computer I would read a book. Then me and my family would watch a movie. Then I would go to bed. And that is how my perfect day would end.