Nichols GT Scoop
January - April 2022
"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." - Albert Einstein
"Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating."
- Dr. Linda Silverman
This semester, our 5th and 6th grade GT students built upon their critical thinking and public speaking skills, and learned about entrepreneurship and economics through our Shark Tank unit. They created an invention or innovation and wrote a business proposal as if they were planning to pitch their idea to the entrepreneurs on the TV show, Shark Tank!
Students worked in collaborative teams (some worked individually) to:
* Brainstorm an invention or innovation
* Construct a prototype of their invention or innovation
* Generate an advertisement for their invention or innovation
* Enter the "Shark Tank" to pitch their invention or innovation
Their resulting inventions and innovations will be featured in our upcoming Showcase newsletter.
Arabella & Kori
brainstorm ideas for inventions.
Miles & Bentley
work on their business plan for their writing machine.
Leah & Scarlett
conduct research on for their invention on water filtrations devices.
Aiden & Cale
work on their business plan for their Shark Tank idea.
Elizabeth & Katherine
sketch out ideas for their sticker business.
Tate & Hendrix
discuss new product ideas.
The students created a prototype, or an actual first model of their invention/innovation. The prototype did not have to work – its purpose was to serve as a visual of their product/idea.
Marlen, Keidy, & Madilyn
design their Twist and Rinse dish scrubber gloves invention.
Max & Gavynn
piece together the prototype for their invention.
Stevie Rae & Jor'Dawn
design the prototype for their self dispense dog food bowl.
Ethan & James
design the packaging for their drink mix.
Haylie, Isabelle, &Sydney
are creating their prototypes for their projects.
concentrates on creating the perfect trading card holder prototype.
The students worked together in teams to solve several challenges. All teams received an equal box of materials with a limited amount of time to complete each task. Each challenge varied in difficulty based on the limited materials, time limits, and ingenuity of thinking outside the box. The students generated multiple solutions to challenges based on the criteria and constraints of the problem while learning how to work effectively as a team.
Going to Grandma's House
Martin & Angel
work their contraption through the woods to grandmother's house.
Leah, Andi, & Scarlett
create their contraption to move their corks and marbles to grandmother's house.
Maddox, Asher, & Knox
work their cork towards grandmother's house.
Tate, Daylin, Hendrix, & Liam
work through the course to get to grandma's house.
Isabelle, Haylie, & Sydney
move their cork towards grandma's house.
Jackson, Van, & Nate
work together to get their corks and marbles into grandma's house.
You Call This Art! Fast Challenge - 5th grade
Brylee & Andi
create their art piece during the fast challenge.
Kira & Bailey
create their art pieces for the fast challenge.
presents her group's art piece to the class.
Heriberto, Gustavo & Kenley
are ready to launch their peep to measure for distance.
Bella, Ethan, James, & Zayden
are prepared to test their super slinger for height.
Haylie, Van, Nate, & Isabelle
are prepared to test launch their super slinger.
Cinco, Julian, & Shaun
present their perfect birthday gift - a robot puppet.
Valeria & Natalia
present their perfect birthday gift - a rocket ship.
Eli, Alex, Emily, & Jazlyn
present their perfect gift - a puppet.
Katherine, Elizabeth, & Cale
plan their parachute design.
prepares to launch their parachute.
Jonathan & Josh
make modifications to their parachute.
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