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  • Divide students into groups of three or four.
  • Ask students to use legos, three rubber bands, and a plastic spoon to create a catapult
    capable of flinging candy corn a certain distance and with accuracy.
  • Half way through the lesson, begin allowing students to test their designs with
    a previously created "target", from a set distance. We used half of the length of the 
    classroom and a target size roughly 2' by 2', with a smaller target at the center of roughly
    4" by 4".
  • Encourage students to redesign if their catapult does not initially work.
  • COMMENTS: Students enjoyed this activity, but only one group was able to make it
    on the target by the end of the lesson. Providing students with more of a variety of
    materials would be interesting.

Weeks 5 & 6: SAM Cameras

  • Divide classroom into four groups of ~six students.
  • Ask students to brainstorm the types of sever weather events they had studied in class, 
    and focus on one of those events to create a stop-motion video.
  • Students were asked to create a stop-motion video with SAM Animation that was meant
    to serve as an educational video to a third grader.
  • COMMENTS: Activity took two weeks, with a half hour presentation between the two
    classrooms in the second week. Students enjoyed the activity, but often lost the focus of
    creating an educational video, in favor of a funny video. We only provided students with a 
    white board and marker, but feel that the videos would have been more creative and 
    interesting if we had provided them with a variety of material props (Legos?).

Week 7: Designing for Abby, the Dachsund

  • Divide classroom into four groups of ~six students.
  • Ask students to brainstorm the types of activity all dogs have to do each day.
  • Tell students about the materials we will be providing them, and have each group
    develop a design to be approved before providing materials.
  • Allow students to make a wheelchair using one large PVC pipe, popsicle sticks, tape, and
    cotton balls. 
  • Present preliminary designs to class.
  • Ask students to brainstorm the materials they would want, to redesign a wheelchair for Abby
    next week in STOMP.
  • COMMENTS: More materials should be provided, even in the preliminary week. Due to lack 
    of available materials, many of the designs looked exactly the same. Students were not
    as serious about redesigning their wheelchairs for the next week as expected. Most groups
    believed their designs were the best and were reluctant to change anything, even when given
    the option of "ordering" their materials. 

Spring 2012 - with Anna Person

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