Sphero SPRK+

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.

 

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Khan Academy

At times learning Math can be a frustrating experience for students. It becomes especially challenging in middle and high school. The Khan Academy is a non-for-profit organization that provides free education for anyone anywhere. The library of 2,700 videos covers K-12 Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long.

Sal Khan is a natural teacher and holds three degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard. If you have a child in middle or high school they would find the Khan Academy very useful. Below is a video I found that explains the mathematical concept of place value.

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Geodesic Dome

A geodesic dome is a spherical shell structure that was popularized by a professor in the United States named Buckminster Fuller. In 1967 at the Montreal World’s Fair a huge geodesic dome was built as part of the American Pavillion at Expo. In the lower mainland there is a large geodesic dome in Queen Elizabeth Park called the Bloedel Conservatory which opened in December of 1969. With lots of newspapers and masking tape we constructed a small geodesic dome in our classroom. It was made from 65 tubes of various lengths. The students were amazed at how strong and rigid the structure was considering it was made from newspapers. Three kindergarten classes visited our classroom to see our interesting structure.

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Study Jams!

This time of year we get a lot of rainy weather and students have to spend much of their time inside. Recently, I came across a website called Study Jams! It has been created for students and contains over 200 animated videos about Math and Science. Each lesson is taught by members of the Study Jams! crew which consists of Sam, Zoe, RJ and Mia. For example, you can learn about Multiplication, The Universe or the Water Cycle. At the end of each video there is a test with multiple choice questions. It’s free and you don’t have to sign up or create an account to view the videos. So, if your wondering what to do the next time it’s raining maybe you can learn all about Math and Science!

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Math Puzzle

Here is an interesting Math puzzle for you to try and solve. One thousand and one pennies are arranged in a row on a table. Every second coin is replaced with a nickel. Then every third coin is replaced with a dime. Finally every fourth coin is replaced with a quarter. What is the total value of the coins on the table?

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