Open House Science

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Earthquakes PBL Project

My class did our Earthquakes PBL (Something Based Learning) during our earthquakes unit. The class was divided into groups, or about four people, who made their project together. The project each group made was supposed to answer the Driving Question: How can we, as structural engineers, construct a two-story house in California for Tony Stark that will withstand seismic activity? My group made a model house that used popsicle sticks, clay, a piece of string, straws, and toothpicks. The popsicle sticks represented wooden planks, the clay represented cement, the straws represented beams, and the toothpicks represented supporting beams. I enjoyed doing this project because it was very hands-on.
Shake test

Atmosphere 30 Hands Project

The Atmosphere 30 Hands Project was about the atmosphere. Every student made a 30 Hands Project (30 Hands is an app), that talked about Global Warming, Climate Change, and other atmosphere-related topics. I liked this project, because we also got to use PicCollage.
Atmosphere 30 hands project

Invention Convention

For the Invention Convention, my class was given a choice between working in groups for this assignment, or going solo. I chose a group. Each group or single person had to make an invention or innovation that used renewable energy. My two partners and I decided to make a phone case that runs on solar power. We named it the Solar Case. We didn't have to make a working model, so we made a plain model out of an old phone case, tinfoil, cardboard, cardstock paper, and a bottle cap. The Solar Case helps solve the problem of air pollution by using a renewable energy resource to power a phone instead of energy from burning fossil fuels that pollute the air.

My Favorite Unit

My favorite unit this year was the Atmosphere Unit. I liked learning about the atmosphere and air pollution. I also liked learning about what we can do to reduce Global Warming and Climate Change. My favorite activity in this unit was the Atmosphere 30 Hands Project because I was able to explore a new app (30 Hands), use one of my favorite apps; PicCollage, and learn even more about the atmosphere. I also liked the atmosphere demos. There were eight of them, but I liked the fourth one best. I liked activity number three because I got to draw.