Latin class brings Ancient world to life. / Upper School

This week in the Upper School Maker Space, Ms Countess and her Latin classes utilized the Maker Space for a 3rd quarter project. Students are exploring the Ancient world by recreating many examples of scientific creations, may of which we still use today.

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Example of a project: “Ancient Physics and Mathematics of Archimedes: Students should explore the scientific creations of the ancient world. These should include Archimedes screw, Archimedes claw, heat ray, improved lever, block and tackle pulley systems, improved catapult, odometer, the planetarium or orrery, and the antikythera mechanism. Students consult with the science department.”

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Faculty using the Maker Space are supported by the Maker Space Program Coordinator Mr Antonio-Barnes.

Friends School DI Stars, finding GOLD! /Lower School

“Friends School DI Stars” is doing the fine arts challenge for the second year. It is a group of seven 4th graders at Friends who are working together to “solve a challenge”, in their case, writing and performing a mystery story with 3 possible endings set in a historical time period. One clue to solving the mystery must be a “Techniclue”, meaning basically “science” broadly defined. The group did some research and chose the historical setting of the California gold rush in 1849. They hope to use the Maker Space to design and build their scenery, props and “Techniclue”. The tournament is February 27. All ideas and implementation must be done by the kids with no interference from adults. The iteration process has already begun– yesterday one team member experimented with materials to make gold panning equipment. Another designed a river and riverbed, two started making (fake) gold nuggets, and a trio worked on creating a tent.


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The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.

Good luck! Upper School Robotics competing this weekend!

Wish teams Quake and Aftershock good luck this Saturday. They return to the arena for a second chance to make the finals. Both are working hard everyday in the Maker Space to make final adjustments, push redesigns and make much needed improvements to the robots.

FTC Qualifier

 When: Saturday, Feb 6, 2016

Where:River Hill High School, 12101 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 (map)

Description: FIRST Tech Challenge teams (age 12-18) compete for the right to advance to Maryland FTC Championship. Come see the action and learn how to get involved. All FIRST events are free and open to the public. The best time to see the action at FTC Qualifiers is typically in the early afternoon from about 1:00 – 4pm, though times may vary at specific events.

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Maker Club hosts Tinkercad Session-Upper School

Monday marked the successful beginning of the Maker Clubs student led teaching sessions on Tinkercad and the Printrbot 3-D printer.  10 students and 3 faculty across two divisions attended the session. Freshmen, Pace Schwarz, and Jack Smith walked the group through the first steps of navigating the program with helpful tips and tricks. Design problems and future project ideas were discussed. Be on the lookout for the Upper School Maker Clubs second installment in the series, “Trouble shooting and preparing your designs for print”.

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