May the force be with you.

Kindergarten is completing a project-based lesson from PLTW where three friends must move a load of rocks from one side of the yard to another in order to build a swing-set there. We studied pushes and pulls, as well as examined Mr. Giunta’s rock collection, and designed/built/tested/evaluated model rock movers. This was our first collaborative engineering challenge in the Science Lab, and the kids did great!







Rooted in engineering.

First Grade students have been studying basic needs of plants (sunlight, air, water, nutrients (soil)) using an Engineering Is Elementary lesson, “A Gift from Fadel”. Each student designed and built a package to transport a plant (or seeds in soil) safely to be gifted to someone of their choice. Check out the results below!







International Schoolhouse of Pancakes

The Tritt Tiger Foundation purchased TWO PancakeBots this year to help our students learn about 3D printing. Fifth grade was excited to be the guinea pigs for Chef Giunta and Chef Pascual!

Students studied liver cells and onion cells with Mr. Giunta using microscopes, learned the PancakeBot Painter software with Mrs. Pascual and drew their cells, cooked them up in the Science Lab, and labeled pictures of their cells in the Technology Lab. Below is a time-lapse of a plant cell, and at the bottom is the explanation of an animal cell!

Congratulations Science Fair Winners!

Elizabeth Perkel, Bridgitte Butler, Noa Irizarry, Cora Anne Davis and Haley Elwood represented Tritt Elementary at the Cobb / Paulding Regional Science Fair on February 9th.

In our best showing yet, each girl earned a medal: 2nd place for Elizabeth, and 3rd for each of the other girls. A special shout out goes to Suzie Tierney who came down with the flu and wasn’t able to join us.

Save the Date: STAR PARTY

The 3rd Annual STAR PARTY with the Georgia Tech Astronomy Club is coming up on February 13th. This is a bring-your-own telescope event, but the college students will bring some of their equipment to share as well.

We’ll be setting up on the Tritt field starting at 6pm, with a kick-off presentation at 6:30pm and observation until 7:30pm. This is not a drop off event, parents are expected to stay with their students.

In the event of cloud cover, a decision will be made the morning of February 13th on a GO/NO GO for launch.

Their early work is so derivative of the avant-garde movement of the late 1980's.

To cap off a semester full of learning all about engineering, Kindergarten designed and built their own painting tools (a structure) that could create a variety of lines and shapes (its function)! Keep in mind that the testing phase, our paintings, was to experiment with our tool, not necessarily follow best practices from what they’ve learned with Mrs. McFerrin!

You might be able to use a little water to clean off their painting tools, but I recommend having them think of ways to improve on their design and to create a new one with items from around the house! Take a look at their designs and paintings below!

Smith / Colley:

Bower / Eshelman:

Garrett / Swift:

Wall / Rinehart:

Gillespie / Smith:

2019 Science Fair Results!

Our 5th graders worked hard on the Science Fair for the last two months! Take a look at all of the projects below!

Lupiani: 1st - Haley Elwood, “Apple Oxidation”; 2nd (tie) - Suzie Tierney, “Is Lie Detection Possible?” and Elizabeth Perkel, “What is the most effective way to wash hands?”; 3rd– Hannah Nothdurft, “The Rose Knows”

Gardner: 1st - Beck Chaney, “Best Foot Forward”; 2nd - Josie Hutchinson, “What type of soda causes the most damage to teeth enamel?”; 3rd – Hunter Foree, “Can daises survive on other liquids?”

Blick: 1st (tie) – Cora Anne Davis, “Jelly Bean” and Regan Gilbert, “What is the best way to reduce bacteria on your toothbrush?”; 2nd – Finn Roche, “Which liquid makes a plant grow faster?”; 3rd – Ava Chao, “Which sippy cup leaks the least?”

Dino: 1st – Noa Irizarry, “Listen, I promise you’ll smile”; 2nd (tie) – Beatrice Hartwig, “Are you sure you want to eat that cheese?”, and Krish Patel, “Vita-Plants”, and Masha Kozhanova, “Salty Alum Crystal Growth”; 3rd (tie) – Claudia Martin, “Rise Up”, and Carter Whitley, “Wood versus Fire”, and Ivy Yera, “Flour Power”

Pizzuto: 1st - Bridgette Butler, “Which household item has the most bacteria on its surface?”; 2nd – Bryson Markus, “Does your drink rot your teeth?”; 3rd – Max Kalina, “What is the best way to hard-boil an egg?” and George Hoeller, “How hard is your favorite candy?”

Stone: 1st - Avery Blackmon, “How do sugary drinks affect your teeth?”; 2nd (tie) – Ashley Anne Braun, “Effects of Flour” and Abbey Bensman, “Eggs-Periment”; 3rd – McKenzie Ellis, “Which hamster is smarter?”

The following students will be representing Tritt Elementary at the Cobb Regional Science Fair on February 9th: Bridgette Butler, Cora Anne Davis, Haley Elwood, Noa Irizarry, Elizabeth Perkel and Suzie Tierney.

Register NOW for Spring FAST classes!

Steady Paws MD with Mr. Giunta: In this 12-week course students will investigate biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering.  We’ll study how infections spread, create 3D printed models, solve biomedical design challenges, dissect animal organs, and of course, make fake snot. Does your student have a steady enough hand to get the job done? Classes will be every Monday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 between January 14th and April 22nd, with no class on 1/21, 2/18 or 4/1. Grades 4th and 5th. Class size is limited to the first 20 students to enroll. Minimum class size is 10. Cost is $200 per student.  Payment should be made by check to Blue Jay Education LLC. REGISTER HERE

Green Paws with Mr. Giunta: This 12-week course will provide students with the opportunity to explore student-driven STEM topics and to help keep Tritt Elementary Green! This hands-on class will spend time outside gardening, hiking, examining stream ecology, and creating awareness for the school’s environmental efforts! We’ll also make crafts like bird nest boxes, and goo for those rainy day blues. Games will teach students about food chains and habitats. What kind of paw print will your student leave? Classes will be every Thursday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 between January 17th and April 25th, with no class on 1/31, 2/21 or 4/5. Grades 2nd – 3rd. Class size is limited to 20 students. Cost is $200 per student, which includes all materials. Payment should be made by check to Blue Jay Education LLC. REGISTER HERE.

Green Paws Junior with Mr. Giunta: SOLD OUT! This 12-course class will provide students with the opportunity to explore student-driven STEM topics and to help keep Tritt Elementary Green! This hands-on class will spend time outside gardening, hiking, examining stream ecology, and creating awareness for the school’s environmental efforts! We’ll also make crafts and play games that will teach students about food chains and habitats. What kind of paw print will your student leave? Classes will be every Friday afternoon from 2:30-3:30 between January 18th and April 26th, with no class on 2/1, 2/22 or 4/6. Kindergarten – 1st Grades. Class size is limited to 20 students. Cost is $200 per student, which includes all materials. Payment should be made by check to Blue Jay Education LLC. 

If you build it, they will come.

On the first day of Science Lab this school-year, our First Graders were introduced to a unique problem - Mylo, Suzi and Angelina are lost in the woods! Ever since the kiddos have been studying light & reflection and sound & vibration in order to figure out how to create an emergency signal to get the attention of the rest of their party. We’ve traversed the Tritt Nature Trail to get in the right mindset, and this week the students invented a communication device with only what was packed for the hike….





McElwain / Woodall:


I'll HUFF, and I'll PUFF, and I'll.....

Kindergarten students have been using fairy tales to learn more about engineering. In the pictures below, students constructed houses (our structure) that can stand up to a garage fan blowing on them (our function).

Aside: The thumbnail picture for this post is that of the endangered Red Wolf, which isn’t big or bad!







The "Egg"le has landed!

After developing a mission to mars, 4th grade students were tasked with designing / building / testing a Mars lander. The best scientists in the world have only been successful every 2 out of 5 times with their own Martian mission. Would our students do any better with their egg-stronaut?






Monday's Martian Landing!

UPDATE: Insight successfully landed on Mars!

As 4th grade continues their study on space, NASA is getting ready for to land on Mars. This Monday the “Insight” lander should touch down on the surface of the planet. While we send missions to Mars more and more often, interplanetary travels is no easy task. In fact, out of the 47 missions to Mars to date, only 2 out of every 5 are successful! The most amazing thing about landing on the planet is that it is all done by computers! Mars is so far away that engineers have to code the lander to work autonomously, or all by itself! Take a look at the videos below for more about this process, and what the lander will do if it touches down successfully!

Science Fair Updates

Hey 5th Graders great work on your Science Fair proposal forms! The hardest part is defining the problem!

  • If you turned your form in before the November 2nd, then I have already approved, provided feedback, made copies and returned.

  • Everyone who turned one in on the 2nd, I’ll have yours back to you Wednesday morning. Go ahead and proceed with your topic, and I’ll let you know any concerns I had then. Use Tuesday the 6th wisely, get some work done!!!

  • Anyway turning their from in late should leave it with my sub on Monday, and also proceed as if it were approved. We’ll touch base when I get back.

General pointers:

  • Sources - For your final project you should reference at least 3 sources as a part of your background research. This should be used to form your hypothesis, or prediction of what will happen based on what you’ve learned.

  • Variables - Great job on identifying those! The control was something a lot of you had trouble with, so that is on me! Most of us have talked about it individually or as a class at this point, but generally, you want to compare your experiment to something. For example, in the affect of sunlight on plant growth your control would be a plant in full (or recommended) sunlight. In our goo lab, the control was the standard recipe of 1 oz water, and increases / decreases in that amount would let us compare stretchiness.

  • Common Projects - Many of you are experimenting with plants. That is great! It might make it hard for you to really impress the judges however, unless your project really stands out. You could definitely get knocked on the creativity category though. Just something to think about!

As always, email me with any questions, or feel free to come by the lab between 7:20-7:50 AM with your teacher’s permission! ONE MONTH UNTIL PROJECTS ARE DUE!!!

Engineering & Design Writing Contest

EngineerGirl Writing Contest is Open! Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem-solving.The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction. We want stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.We want stories that inspire EngineerGirl readers to think, “I want to be able to do that” or “I can do that.”

WHO: Students in grades 3-12.

WHAT: Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem. 

WHEN: Submissions are due Feb. 1, 2019. 

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2nd grade is keeping it cool!

Our 2nd graders are wrapping a 9-week unit on the properties of matter. We looked at the three states (solid, liquid, gas), reversibility and irreversibility, and conductors and insulators. We capped off the quarter by designing / building / testing our own coolers made from household items!