First grade has completed their final Project Lead the Way module, Light and Sound this week. Students used the design process to sketch, build, test and reflect on a device that uses light and sound to communicate over a distance. Students worked in small groups to solve the design problem by creating a device that could communicate over a distance (across the classroom) using light and sound. They could only use two plastic cups, a metal water bottle, bandana, string, tape, mirror and flashlight in their design. Each group got a chance to evaluate and present their design to see if the light could reach the ceiling and sound could be heard across the classroom by the rest of the class. Students then finished the design process by explaining the strengths and weaknesses of their designs.
The second 5th grade PLTW module started on Monday and students will now be focusing on autonomous robotics and learning how to program them to complete various tasks. We started the module by researching at different autonomous vehicles and then completed an hour of code activity to review basic programming strategies that we will need when learning to program our robots.
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!