Davis-Richmond Empower Newsletter

Mrs. Oster and Mrs. Dixon - November 2021

Current Modules

MAKE IT TO THE END - KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE

In the Make It To The End module, students will work to create crazy contraptions and chain reactions. Students learn about different contraptions by viewing videos, exploring books, and self-exploration. Students will learn about chain reactions and simple machines, using pulleys, ramps, dominoes, tunnels and tubes, and releases to make their chain reactions.

MAKE IT MOVE - SECOND GRADE

In the “Make it Move” module, students are introduced to not only the basics of coding and loops, but also how to implement the design process and think critically to solve a problem. This process encourages children to identify a problem, imagine and plan a solution, build and test their creation, and share their work with peers. In this process, things won’t always work as intended. The process is set up to expect students to test, fix, and debug their work, so students focus on continually making changes and improvements rather than on being right or wrong – a “growth mindset.”

GET ON BOARD - THIRD GRADE

In this experience students will focus on the SEL standards and competencies through playing games. Games will be carefully selected that teach students strategy, decision making, creativity, fair play, and taking turns. Students will need to practice good communication, conflict resolution, and managing emotions and behavior when dealing with wins and losses. Students may choose to design their own games, making up rules, designing a board, and using a 3D printer to create game pieces.

LIGHT IT UP - FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE

In the Light it up module students use the power of circuity and electricity to create works of art that move, make sound, or light up. Some examples of these types of projects may be digital jewelry, circuit boards, or greeting cards using paper circuits that light up or make sounds. Students experiment with building different kinds of circuits using a battery, LED, conductive tape and conductive thread. By testing and manipulating these components, students develop a more intuitive sense of how electricity flows through a circuit.

Upcoming Modules for December

Empower Monthly Challenges

Every month students will be challenged to use their Empower skills at home with their families. This is optional for students and families. Any student that completes an Empower Maker Challenge can share their work with their classmates and receive 5 Tiger Bucks for their work.

Monthly challenges are a way to EMPOWER the whole family to get involved and be creative! Pick one, three in a row or do them all! HAVE FUN

Empower Hero of the Month

What is Empower?

All students in grades K-5 will participate in the innovative and authentic new special called Empower. During two 40 minute sessions each week, students will work through a variety of different modules. Through Empower, students will gain strength and confidence through experiences where they can wonder, create, design, collaborate, connect, and imagine.


Learn more about Empower by scanning the QR Code with a smart phone.