Friday, April 8, 2016

Diving Deep with the 6th & 7th Graders

In Architecture and Design, taught by Mr. Fritch, students are designing houses to learn the meaning behind the broad word ‘architecture’.

In Mrs. Grissom's A and B day art classes, students are creating mandalas - a symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist religion meaning ‘universe’ and ‘center’. They are now finished, and you can go see the display on the wall between B204 and B206.

Another cool deep dive is Mr. Manalo’s Music Creation class. The students are currently creating music to match a movie scene. They are also finishing up learning the cup song. This creative deepdive takes place in B204 and B206.

The B day Ceramics class is shaping their lumps of clay into birdhouses. They are using slab techniques to achieve the massive shape. At the same time, students are indulged in personal projects. This all takes place in Makery B213.

In Mr. Asmus’ Exploravision classes, they work on taking a thought, and transforming it into a prototype, and then to a product. Groups are working on writing their essays and designing their prototype about their idea. But groups that are further ahead are working on their sample web pages to display deep learning and research.

In PLTW 6th grade students are learning how to model Orthographic Projection -  representing a three-dimensional object in two dimensions - with building blocks. They are also starting out on autodesk inventor, design application for creating 3D digital prototypes on the computer.

7th grade PLTW takes place in makery C204 taught by Mrs. Gonzalez. They’re currently learning about different circuit components and how to solder, as well as engineering skills. Their next project will be soldering a night light circuit board.   

Last, but certainly not least, Mrs. Eveleth’s School News Team! This class is in charge of getting news out to the rest of the school and the rest of the world.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tour of the D39C Cafeteria

Some of you may think, is the school food imported? Is it frozen? Is it brought to school by a truck? Well here’s one thing for sure. It is made fresh by the food and nutrition cooks.
Four student reporters went down under to the cafeteria to look behind the scenes of the cooks making food for us. They showed us how they prepped it and got it out into the food court.
The two of the coldest places in the kitchen are the freezer which is -10 degrees and the other would be the fridge. They use them for the hot dogs or other meats that will be ready by the next day.  Two of the news group members went inside, finding out that it was so cold.
They also have ovens. Not one, not two, but seven ovens just to cook your food! The ovens are fast heating and it could take ten minutes to cook the pizza.
After all the food that is served to you, and you thought that it was imported from a truck that ships it to the cafeteria! The reality is, they don't just heat up the food and serve it, they actually cook it on site. Maybe this helps change your mind on the food here at Design39. We should appreciate the cooks and what they do to make our food. Thank you to the 39 Cafeteria workers for spending your time to make our food.

The Truth About School Lunch

Built up by various TV shows, school lunch has received a ‘controversial’ reputation. By the Collaborative’s request, we went out and found the truth about school lunches. They wanted to understand what the students at D39C really thought about the overall lunch experience. Do you want to know the startling results? Click the video to find out.IMG_7201.JPG

Doodling and Zentangles!

Do you doodle when a class is boring? If so, than Doodling & Zentangling is for you. This new Exploration, has captured the attention of the Design 39's 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. This relaxing art class is more than drawing, it’s “yoga for the mind”. In Doodling & Zentangling, you test your creativity to fit inside a 1” by 1” square and see where your ideas take you. It’s not sketching, it’s zentangling! You may be wondering what’s in the name, zen-tangling. “Zen” is a relaxation zone you generally reach with meditation. “Tangles” is an adapted term for rectangles, a square is a rectangle, and you doodle inside the square during this class. Hence the term, Doodling & Zentangling. To learn more, click the video.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Art D39C's Resident Art Class Explores Various Forms of Creation

PLTW Skimmers! 6th Grade

6th Grade PLTW

By: Kate, Hannah, Dheeraj, and Caeden

The 6th graders at Design39Campus are in a Deep 
dive called Project Lead the Way taught by Mr. Bret Fitzpatrick. A Deep Dive is a class where students can learn more about a certain topic for 90 minutes a day. In this class they are making paper skimmers, and by the end of the week, they have to get their skimmer past the 60 ft mark to pass the class.
These students have been working hard on getting there skimmers to pass that mark and even beating the school record, which is 120 ft. The students make their skimmers by folding and cutting paper in a certain way. Then they add 2 vertical stabilizers on the sides and a scoop on the bottom. The stabilizers stabilize the skimmer while it is in “flight”. The scoop controls the airflow under the skimmer to create lift to allow the skimmer to “float” across the floor.

We interviewed four students and they told us a little about the class and the skimmers, the way that these skimmers can work will blow your mind. Check out the video above to get the inside scoop on what's going on in the 6th graders Project Lead the Way class at Design39Campus.