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.

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?

Burns:

Eichler:

Kappel:

Miller:

Swift:

Don't Panic!

In 4th grade we've been studying the geology of planets/moons/asteroids, and used what we learned to create our own planetary bodies with oil pastels. 

Next up we are designing our own mission to mars. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory developed a card game that requires the kids to choose their own rockets/communication devices/machinery/scientific tools, keeping in mind cost ($250 million) / weight / power constraints. You can play the game yourself at home using this link: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/marsbound/

Compounding the problem...

Fourth grade just wrapped up their Project Lead The Way unit on forces and simple machines. Each group was required to build a compound machine model that could lift a tiger 6" and set it safely in a place. The hardest part: they only had 25 minutes!

Wender: 

Eichler:

Kappel:

Miller:

Swift:

Blick: 

Wahsega. Wow!

I was super fortunate to be able to join the 4th grade students, teachers and parents on the trip to the Wahsega 4-H Center this week. Students learned about astronomy, pioneer life, survival skills, stream ecology (my favorite), and wildlife; and had fun playing games, dancing, hiking, and singing around the campfire. I can't wait to reference these times we spent together throughout the school-year as we dive deeper into each subject! 

Not so simple...

How do you rescue a tiger who has fallen into a moat around his enclosure? In 4th grade we are using this PLTW lesson to learn about simple and compound machines. Using VEX kits teams will build their own solutions! 

Here is Mrs. Wender's class building levers: 

And Mrs. Blick's class building pulleys:

There's a party over here...

... and there's a party over there. Some of our partners from Georgia Tech will be here with telescopes to share, but you are encouraged to bring your own and they'll help you set them up! Dress warmly! Parents are required to stay. All are welcome, but this is a 4th grade party! 

Every Kid in a Park!

In 4th grade we have been studying one of my favorite things, the National Parks. After researching / reviewing climate, Native American history, European exploration, and previewing ecosystems the students will use Green Screen by Do Ink and Aurasma to create videos about their chosen NPS site. 

Fourth-graders and their families can visit all of the NPS sites for free this school-year through the "Every Kid in a Park" program. The students are taking home their passes before the holiday break, and I hope you all can explore some of our local parks (Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield, or Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site). I'll be out west for the holidays and hiking around both Death Valley and Joshua Tree. 

Mrs. Kappel's Class is Grrrreat!

Our fourth graders explored simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and pulleys. They investigated the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi go on a field trip to the zoo and are faced with the design problem of how to rescue a trapped tiger. Using our VEX kits students then applied their knowledge of forces to devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process. 

Mrs. Wender's Class is Grrrreat!

Our fourth graders explored simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and pulleys. They investigated the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi go on a field trip to the zoo and are faced with the design problem of how to rescue a trapped tiger. Using our VEX kits students then applied their knowledge of forces to devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process. 

Ms. Miller's Class is Grrrreat!

Our fourth graders explored simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and pulleys. They investigated the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi go on a field trip to the zoo and are faced with the design problem of how to rescue a trapped tiger. Using our VEX kits students then applied their knowledge of forces to devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process. 

Mrs. Swift's Class is Grrrreat!

Our fourth graders explored simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and pulleys. They investigated the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi go on a field trip to the zoo and are faced with the design problem of how to rescue a trapped tiger. Using our VEX kits students then applied their knowledge of forces to devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process. 

Mr. Eichler's Class is Grrrreat!

Our fourth graders explored simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and pulleys. They investigated the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi go on a field trip to the zoo and are faced with the design problem of how to rescue a trapped tiger. Using our VEX kits students then applied their knowledge of forces to devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process. 

Mrs. Blick's Class is Grrrreat!

Our fourth graders explored simple machines such as wheel and axles, levers, the inclined plane, and pulleys. They investigated the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi go on a field trip to the zoo and are faced with the design problem of how to rescue a trapped tiger. Using our VEX kits students then applied their knowledge of forces to devise a way to rescue a heavy zoo animal while keeping it safe throughout the process.