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Grade 10 Climate Change Campaign

This year was the first year Grade 10 Science followed the NGSS Science Standards, as we have rolled out this new curriculum.  With this K-10 Science curriculum, we are lucky to be able to provide engineering experiences to all students every year to apply their science content to solve problems, learn new skills and think like an engineer.

For this project’s development, 3 Science teachers and 2 Ed Tech and Design teachers worked to plan, implement and coach students through this student-driven learning experience.

Students were to focus on a specific area of Climate Change and then create a media campaign to try to impact a specific audience.  Students also had to design & create (at least a prototype) of an engineering solution, product design, system or event for this specific audience as well.  Students worked for about a month on this project with check-ins along the way from all 5 teachers.  It was a successful project, but we want to make some changes for next year.  For one, the systems design was challenging for students and when their was no tangible product, some students struggled to go deep enough to show that they system was feasible or a viable solution.  Next year, we will have better examples to share with students, as this is the first project of its type in our program, so students are as accustomed to this type of design.

A really successful part of this project was the exhibition at the end of the project.  Students shared their campaign and learning with a large part of our community and it was great to hear the students articulate their learning and seeing how passionate many students had become.  We think that a few of these project will continue further as events or projects for clubs and CAS and we are excited that this project was a catalyst for these ideas.

G4 – Ballon Car Challenge 2018

Hello Grade 4!

Your Design Challenge for today is to create a car that travels the quickest/furthest distance possible using balloon power.

There three main considerations that will help you achieve the best speed & distance:

  1. Light weight
    Make your car as light as possible. Carefully plan and select the lightest materials you can find. Analyse every aspect of your car to make it as light as you possibly can. Don’t add anything to your car that is not necessary!
  2. Low friction and aligned wheels
    Ensure that your wheels are rolling freely. There should not be any glue, tape, clay or anything else obstructing the wheels because this will slow down your car. Your wheels should also be aligned. This means they are all facing the same direction.  If they are not aligned, your wheels will work against each other and slow down your car.

    Make sure you sketch and plan wheel designs before you start making them so you are sure that your wheels are a low friction design and aligned!

Examples:

Plastic bottle balloon powered car design

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Sketch for balloon powered car design

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Balloon car with CD wheels

 

Plastic bottle car design:

 

Cardboard car design:

 

More examples here!

Instructions/conditions:

  • You will work in a team of 3 people. Make a name for your team!
    • One person per team is responsible for taking pictures and videos
    • One person per team is responsible for sketching the design concepts
    • One person per team is responsible for recording all times and distances travelled by your car
  • Make a labeled sketch of how you think your car design will look and work
    • Your sketch must be approved by your teacher before you begin making your car
    • You should update your sketch each time you make a major change to your design
  • Use the materials supplied in the basket. You may use other materials available in your classroom (check with your teacher)
  • Test your car’s speed and distance on the space marked out in your classroom
    • Use the iPad timer and record your times/distances on the sheet provided
  • Each team is allowed one visit to either Mr. Jerry or Mr. Sam for technical support

We will learn about problem solving, teamwork, and the design process as well as potential & kinetic energy, friction and resistance, and measurement.

Groups

Mr. Manley 
Red 
Mr. Blohm 
Black 
Ms. Grant 
Purple 
Ms. Williams 
Orange 
Mr. Flanagan 
Blue 
Mr. Gregory 
Green 
Eva
Jasmine
Jay
Ethan 
Emily
Lynn
Everett
Koki 
Christina
Vanessa
Justin
Rayan 
Julie
Sarah
George
Michael 
Angelina
Amy
Raphael
Lucas 
Jessica
Antoine
Leo 
Aiden 
Darren 
Claire 
Isla 
Jungyoon 
Ethan 
Evan 
Anthony Hou 
Gideon  
Jerry 
Caroline 
Chloe 
Prachi 
Luke 
Matthew 
Thomas 
Olivia 
Elizabeth 
Madeleine 
Zoe 
Adam 
Anton 
Crystal 
Sophia 
Justin W 
Nate 
Cera 
Emma 
Tim 
Carina 
Apple 
Jayden 
May 
Joyce 
Bill 
Isaac 
Cheyenne 
Ethan 
Haeun 
Felix 
Max 
Justin S 
Camilla 
Abby 
Ann 
Annie 
Aryan 
Chelsea 
Daniel 
Ethan 
Jasmine 
Felix 
Jason 
Jennifer 
Jonathan 
Justin 
Mika 
Leo 
Richard 
Romain 
Serena 
Siwoo 
Tamy 
Vivaan 
Yi Jia 
Tina 
O’Malley 
Sam X. 
Michael 
Jojo 
Lucy 
Cooper 
Jian 
Sophia 
Justin 
Leo 
Honey 
Lucas 
Tao 
Addy 
Evelyn 
Sam I. 
Ben 
Qiming 
Scarlet 
Jason 
Monica 
Michael C. 
Aadi 
Anthony 
Joyce 
Sumika  
Christine 
Cherry 
Max 
Grace 
Ansh 
Jia 
Michael Z. 
Junah 
Emily  
Boxuan 
Kevin 
Sheri 
Milo 
Nathan 
Cindy  
Caleb 
Daniel 

 

 

Good luck,

Mr. Sam and Mr. Jerry

Grade 3: Lunchbox design & 3D printing

Over the last few weeks, several Grade 3 classes designed lunch box concepts for their classmates as part of their Culture Unit. Students had to empathise with each other in order to understand their specific needs, working together to provide testing and feedback throughout the process. Students calculated the surface area and developed a scale plan which they referenced during their time in the Design Lab creating prototypes. Each class then voted on their favourite concept and each of the three winning designs was 3D modelled and printed by Mr Sam or Mr Jerry.

This week we will be visiting the Grade 3 classes to award them with their models and demonstrate the process of modelling and printing the lunchbox concepts. Well done to all of the involved students and we look forward to future design & 3D printing endeavours!

How to model a lunchbox in TinkerCad

Watch the lunchbox being printed


 

Sam

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