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April 24, 2019

Chelsea Mayer's Class - Green Screen Paper Plane Flying

"I’m here.
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!

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Angie McNamara - Skype with a Rocket Scientist

Angie McNamara's sixth-grade students had the opportunity to Skype with Mr. Paul "Rusty" Thomas. Mr. Thomas holds a Master of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue University. He graduated in 1986 from Mt. Vernon Senior High School. He credits the MVSHS Wildcat teachers, basketball and track coaches, and administrators (especially the administrators that set up the mainframe computer classes) with the key foundation that he has used in his aerospace and military career over the last 30 years.

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

This tool is awesome! I was able to set up all the phones and also searched for and downloaded new tours. As students visited locations, I could virtually direct them toward a particular site and then ask them guided questions about what they were viewing.

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.

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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 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 to create all kinds of things. Some of the design challenges include:

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