This week in PLTW, second grade discovered how to create and program a game board on tablets. Students collaborated by pair programming to create a scorekeeper game board that included two soccer goals, a soccer ball and two arrow buttons. They all really enjoyed using what they programed to keep score while they played Scorekeeper with their partner! Scorekeeper had students not only using their program to keep score but also working on adding and subtracting skills too!
The third graders have been learning about different types of forces and simple machines. This week began with students becoming familiar with the VEX IQ kits and completing a scavenger hunt to get familiar with the different parts. Students have started following set directions on their iPads to build three simple machines: inclined plane, pulley and lever. Check out Seesaw to see pictures of the simple machines your student has been building.
Second grade started PLTW this week and had so much reviewing how to code. We started the week trying to program Rosie the robotic dog with loops in our program. Then students transferred their understanding of loops to Scratch Jr. It was amazing how much they remembered from last year and I can't wait to see the games they'll create by the end of the module!
First graders just wrapped up their animated storytelling module. Students began the module learning how to use code cards to write a program for a robot dog to pick up her bones and get home. Then students learned how to use Scratch Jr. and coding blocks to create programs for their characters. Students finished the module by solving the problem of making an animate story. It was amazing to see what they were able to come up with! Check your student's Seesaw account to watch your student's animated story presentation.
So proud of the fourth grade car creations that solved the problem of protecting a real egg in a collision! Students used what they learned about potential and kinetic energy along with elastic and inelastic collisions to protect their egg. Their designs were creative and included seat beats, air bags and bumpers! Check out your student's Seesaw account for videos of their final collision!
This is my tenth year teaching and my second with Ann Arbor Public Schools. I spent the first eight years of my teaching career as a K-8 technology teacher. I joined AAPS last year as a Media Specialist and I am thrilled to be a part of PLTW this year! In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, baking and spending time with family and friends!