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We Have Lift Off…

Ground control to Major Tom…here’s some rocket launching videos from Miss Freeman’s Grade 5/6 class.  View the launch line up here.

Racing Rockets

Next up for Miss Freeman’s class is rocket building.  Students are being Aerospace Engineers and designing the right amount of thrust to counter the drag of launching a rocket.

Students are using cardboard and paper to add to a water bottle to create a rocket. 

Hypothesis testing is the focus, as students determine the right amount of water in their bottle to ensure maximum pressure between air and water for succesful force upon launch.

Here the students are building their rockets, selecting appropriate cone design for the nose and fin size for the rockets.  They will then choose the right amount of water they think is right for their bottle.

Crash Test Dummies

Here are the test runs of the crash cars…you can watch it on You Tube by clicking here.

(For some reason the You Tube playlist won’t load correctly here in WordPress…if you have any suggestions to make it work, please let me know.)

ESQ Science exploration

Miss Freeman’s Grade 5/6 class has the Engineering Science Quest group in today to teach science concepts.  We are starting with Crash cars.  Students are designing their crumple zones on a tight budget.  With $20 they need to purchase straws, newspaper, popsicle sticks, cardboard and tape.

20 minutes of building later, the prototypes are nearing completion.  Now it is time to go and test out the car designs with water balloon passengers.

TheSpec – After the storm

TheSpec – After the storm.  Read this excellent and inspiring article about one of our own teachers, Mr. T. Hill.

Venture Day at McMaster University

Students are having an awesome day at McMaster University, learning about cleaning up oil spills, the DNA and genetics of fruit through experimenting with strawberries, as well as cultural activities about cleansing our spirit and weaving and braiding corn husks.

Zac Hawkins’ Plea for Classroom BYOD | Powerful Learning Practice

Zac Hawkins’ Plea for Classroom BYOD | Powerful Learning Practice.

Proud to make this my first WordPress blog post…I will not, can not be contained!!!

Inspiration happens.

Outside Looking In, Inside Looking Out

Education Everywhere: International School Success Stories and Global Collaboration | Edutopia

It’s always good to keep an eye on education both locally and globally, so we can learn from each other’s success and be sure not to make the same mistakes.  This series from Edutopia offers a glimpse into school systems and education across the globe.  Take a look when you’ve got a minute.

Pen Pals this Friday!

We Don’t Do it for the love, but it’s nice to feel appreciated.

Teacher Appreciation – Tip #1: Give a Teacher a Gift | Edutopia

This tip and many more.  I would also like to take this time to express my appreciation for all the teachers and educational staff that I work with.  What you do for our students/children is amazing and I truly, truly appreciate the time I get to share with you, be it on a daily basis or on scattered occasions, in the past, present, or future.  Your gift of your time is a great reward for me.