Unit of Study Updates!
First Lego League
The FLL Research Project is an important part of the preparation for an FLL team. This quarter each team worked on its own research project. The teams’ projects corresponded with this year’s challenge topic INTO ORBIT. The challenge was to have each team identify a human physical or social problem faced during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution.
The Research Project consisted of the following parts: Research & Analysis of the topic, Finding a problem, and Developing an innovative solution. This quarter our main focus was designing a solution to the problem. The ultimate goal was to design an innovative solution that adds value to space exploration by improving something that already exists, using something that exists in a new way, or inventing something totally new. Our next step is to create a presentation to share our ideas with others.
NASA's Journey to Mars
After studying actual images taken of the Martian surface, students in the Journey to Mars UOS decided where they would land and build their colony. The age and size of surface features, along with other survival considerations, had significant impacts on their decisions. The students also investigated what would be the biggest challenges for survival and how they would work to overcome those challenges.
After gathering a large amount of information, it was finally time to begin planning and drawing a scale model of their colony. Following that, was the creation of their actual model base made from wood, paper maché, sand and paint. They will spend most of the 3rd quarter building their structures and writing descriptions and justification for what they have chosen to include in their colony. It’s beginning to look very futuristic around here!
Outbreak - the Science of Disease
Arduinos, Laser Cutters, 3-D Printing Shark Tank
During our second quarter, 5th graders mastered the vocabulary for family members and practiced participating in simple conversations about their families. A favorite topic of the quarter was Day of the Dead, in which we made sugar skulls and learned how family members are honored and remembered in Mexico. Students are beginning to make progress from the “Novice Low” level of language learning to the “Novice Intermediate” level. This involves moving from memorized word lists to using simple sentences about a known topic. (For example, saying, “I have two brothers.” Or “I live in Kansas City.”)