This week, students our FLL Jr. students began to discuss what they will build for their Inspire model, this model shows the how we get and use water for a variety of purposes. Some students are exploring how we get water for hydro-electricity, some are exploring how we get water we use in our kitchen, and some students are exploring the water we use when we flush a toilet. In order for students to make their models, they need a good understanding of HOW water gets to our homes, so if times permits please watch the following videos with your students this week:
In addition to starting the work on their Inspire model, students began to work with coding a WeDo Model, but we hit a snag with our Bluetooth and only had ONE tablet that would connect, apparently Lego products are not backward compatible and will ONLY function with the newest version of Bluetooth, so the tablets that we ordered for this event had to be returned and I had to make a Costco run for new tablets…..This week we will be adding the sensors to our robots and kids will alternate working on their Inspire Model and programing Milo. Make sure to come in and check out the drag and drop coding your kids are doing with Milo, he’s A LOT of fun!
First Lego League (4-5) students started to program their Ev3 Mindstorm models and have ALMOST completed their challenge board…it’s starting to get exciting…..Parents I HIGHLY suggest you pop in a little early this week and check out our robots!
In addition to working on the robots and challenge boards, students will start planning the research aspect of their project. This week, ask your students to complete the following for homework:
Ask your child to think about a water problem they would like to investigate and solve. They might select a problem in one of these areas (or add your own):
- Finding potable water
- Identifying and removing contamination
- Using water to produce food
- Finding problems with pipes buried in the ground
- Transporting or storing clean water
- Disposing of wastewater
- Controlling industrial or agricultural runoff into natural waterways
- Using water responsibly in manufacturing
After your child selects a problem, the next step is to find out about the current solutions. Encourage them to research their problem using resources like news articles, documentaries or movies, interviews with professionals working in the field, ask your local librarian, books, online videos, websites or make an excursion to learn more about your topic and bring their information with them to our meetings…..rewards may be given for students who bring in awesome research!
Parents, please make sure to send your child with an afterschool snack on Thursday……they come in hungry and hungry kids get HANGRY (Hungry-Angry)! Also, take a moment and fill out the Enrichments survey sent out via Kenbrook listserve, this will be used to help us plan activities for next year.
Finally, a BIG HUGE thank you to our Ford parent Balaji Ramaswamy who said he would be willing to mentor and to all of the other parents who volunteered aunts and uncles! We can now apply for the FORD grant for at least one team, its not a large amount of money, but as I am sure you ALL KNOW Legos are expensive so every dollar counts!