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April 24, 2019
Chelsea Mayer's Class - Green Screen Paper Plane Flying
And you’re there.
And that’s okay.
maybe there will be a gentle wind that pulls us together.
And then I’ll be here and you’ll be here, too".... Peter Reynolds
After reading I'm Here by author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, Chelsea's students took flight on paper airplanes. Watch the video to see Mr. DeWeese also take flight!
Angie McNamara - Skype with a Rocket Scientist
Mr. Thomas currently works at DARPA ( Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Mr. Thomas joined DARPA from DAQRI, where he served as the Executive Vice President for Global Operations. He also has held positions at SpaceX (Sr. Director of Dragon Production), Orbital Sciences (Director of Technical Operations), and Motorola/Iridium (Satellite Integration Engineer), where he has been involved with the design and management of a number of space programs. Spacecraft and Launch Vehicle work include the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and Falcon F9 reusable 1st Stage, the DARPA Microsatellite Technology Experiment (MiTEx) satellite, the Iridium low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation, the U.S. Air Force Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites, SpaceShipOne (that is currently in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum), and multiple Space Shuttle missions including Shuttle/Mir docking. Thomas’ military background includes 16 years reserve service as a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer supporting Naval Special Warfare SEAL Teams including a deployment to Iraq.
Google Expeditions by Betsy Campbell
For the Social Studies academic team, this was a great reinforcement of what they have been learning about Ancient Egypt. Going inside a king's burial chamber gave an insight that would not have been possible through books alone. They visited a pyramid worksite and could see the amount of work and materials that go into these colossal structures.
Sixth graders have been learning about the Renaissance and surge in art, including the new styles of art that developed as a result of the new humanist way of thinking. We were able to tour museum rooms to view many pieces. We could identify the Renaissance pieces and what Renaissance traits were portrayed in the pieces. I loved hearing the OOO's and AAAH's as we would go to a new area and they admired the beautiful scenes!
Lastly, when hardworking students were learning about Japan, and they finished a reading packet well before the bell, I could send them to Tokyo to view the city from above. They could easily grasp just how crowded the city is because so much of Japan is mountainous, a topic we had discussed recently.
Google Expeditions is a virtual reality tech tool that lets you and your class go on excursions around the world from the comfort of your classroom. The teacher takes the role of the tour guide and the students are the followers.
The Global Day of Design is one-day that focuses on using the Design Thinking process in school. Our goal for the Global Day of Design is to inspire a transformation in schools around the world to incorporate design thinking into everyday practice with our students from all levels, ages, and subjects.
Go to the GlobalDayOfDesign.com and get access to 20+ FREE design challenges that you can use or tweak/modify. Enter your details into the form at the bottom of this post and receive a Design Challenge for FREE.
You can also fill out this Google Form to include your class/school and students in the official count for The Global Day of Design.
Students will be able to use the design challenges and maker projects on GlobalDayOfDesign.com to create all kinds of things. Some of the design challenges include:
- Underground Civilization: Maker Challenge: Invent Your Own Underground Civilization (video)
- University of Arkansas: STEM Design Challenges Based on Children’s Books (Great for K-5)
- Stanford d.school: Back to KG???!!! – Middle-school students rediscover the fun they had in kindergarten
- Flappy Bird Generator: Make Your Own Flappy Bird Game (FREE)
- Drone Delivery: Maker Challenge: Don’t Break IT – Drone Design (with video overview)
- Stanford d.school: The Special Olympics – Students develop a sense of empathy for people in the Special Olympics
- Design Challenge: Invent Your Own Sport
- Tiny House Challenge: Maker Challenge: Design the Ultimate Tiny House (with video)
- MARS Challenge: Maker Challenge: Students Design their Own School on Mars (with video)
- Stanford d.school: The Classroom Redesign Project – Students redesign a classroom
- And More on GlobalDayOfDesign.com