Lightbulb Investigation 2018 from Heather Waterman on Vimeo.
Students did a great job this year building their light bulbs from some wire, batteries, pencil lead, and a binder clip.
Students worked today investigating how to write more sophisticated code by using modules and using example code to design their own. By “breaking” code we’ve been able to analyze what are the essential pieces needed to do tasks like calculating Gravitational Potential Energy or velocity if only energy information is known.
We name our equipment after women in STEM, better than just Car 1, Car 2… and today is Dr. Mae Jemison’s birthday read more from her NASA biography here.
Students have a goal of developing a proceedure and data table (which must get approved before data collection can begin).
We had a late, but great, start to the year so far. We are finishing up our first unit “Balloon Pop” where students learn to work in teams, analyze data, and discuss the differences between precision and accuracy.
Today is last day of school. Another great year where I am thankful to work with such great students and colleagues.
I’ll be reading “Chasing Space” by Leland Melvin for my Summer Reading.
As per usual, the end of the year starts to fly by at an alarming rate. The students have done a great job with their final projects in telling the conservation of energy story through Rube Goldberg machines, calculations, and qualitative narration. This video is the trailer; full projects will be online next week.
Students have been working with resistors, finding out how devices that use them can achieve different results: temperature adjustment, bright or dim lightbulbs, electrical circuit protection. This also has allowed us to learn a different part of the multimeter.