Word of the Month
the work of designing and creating large structures (such as roads and bridges) or new products or systems by using scientific methods
person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures
a person who specializes in a branch of engineering
a person who runs or is in charge of an engine in an airplane, a ship, etc.
Author spotlight on Frans Vischer
Meet author, illustrator and Disney animator Frans Vischer! Click on his name to read his short biography and learn about some films he's worked on and more. Here he is pictured with his cat and star of his picture books, Fuddles (below). Click here to watch the Fuddles book trailer.
I am excited to announce that we will be Skyping with Frans Vischer in February! Check back for a video of our Skype and for some fun pictures of our time together. (Thank you Mr. Vischer. I can't wait for you to meet our fabulous students!)
Click here to watch the book trailer for Fuddles
A Very Fuddles Christmas
Click here to watch the book trailer for A Very Fuddles Christmas
Fuddles likes to share his adventures with you and adds new posts often. I shared a short video of our kindergarteners enjoying the book's trailer and Fuddles put it on his blog! See if you can find it. (hint: Feb 18th)
Test Animation for Frozen
Click here to see the short animation clip that Mr. Vischer worked on for the movie Frozen. The kids loved seeing Olaf! (Thanks for sharing this with us Mr. Vischer and for allowing me to share all of this here.)
Mr. Vischer at work
He drew Fuddles for us using a special computer and stylus.
Mr. Vischer was able to give us a sneak peek on some drawings he is working on for his new Fuddles book!
Test Animation for Frozen
What college did Frans Vischer attend?
Pictured above is Ms. Greenan and some of her 4th grade students showing off their Lego designs from the 100th Day Lego Challenge.
Click on the "To the RESCUE!" button below to watch them tackle a Lego problem that inspired some pretty clever and creative solutions.
President Business left a dangerous fuel cylinder perched on a cliff above a small town. Armed with paper, tape and 10 lego bricks, can our students engineer a ramp to safely move it way? Click on "To the Rescue" above for a video and see below.
Hydrofoil Lego Challenge
Sorting, Patterning and Letter Building Exploration with TK-2 (see pictures below)
Lego Fun Facts
- LEGOs were first created in Denmark in the 1940′s.
- The word Lego comes from the Danish phrase “leg godt” which means “play well”. It is also loosely interpreted in Latin as “I put together”.
- If all the Lego blocks ever produced were evenly distributed to all the people in the world, each person would have 62 bricks.
- About 18 bricks out of every million produced fail to meet the standard required.
- Lego factories recycle all but about 1% of their plastic waste per year.
- About 36 billion LEGOs are produced every year, or 1140 elements per second.
- The Lego Learning Institute has developed play sets for a large variety of learning levels, including preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and university.
7 year old girl writes to Lego and gets a response. Find out more by clicking here.
Click here to see some amazing Lego creations.
Just For Fun
All this talk about engineering and design reminded me of Caine's Arcade.
Mrs. Letford introduced me to this fun website where you can build with digital Legos. Check it out. (You will need to access it through the Google Chrome web browser for it to work.)