Inspired By Robotics
We have a DonorsChoose project up "Inspired By Robotics" that is a combination of parent, teacher and administration ideas. It will supply equipment for robotics team competition, classroom integration of robotics into project based learning curriculum as well as provide equipment for small focus groups. This project supports Central Park schoolwide.
We have applied for a FIRST grant to help cover some of it based upon competition use of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits in FIRST LEGO League. At the same time, community members are encouraged to contribute to this project. Show your support for robotics at Central Park!
P2PTip: Rainy Day Activities
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P2PTip: Devoxx4Kids at DevoxxUS
Parent 2 Parent Tips are written by parents. They are not official announcements from SCUSD.
Devoxx4Kids a non-profit has a special session coming up. Join their meetup to register.
P2PTip: President's Week Wanderings...
What to do... What to do...
Dream Big, Girls Day at the Tech Museum is Monday, February 20th.
3D Printing With Parents - 100% Funded!
Hooray! 3D Printing With Parents is fully funded!
This is a Central Park parent-driven project up on DonorsChoose called 3D Printing with Parents. One of our parents suggested having a parent/child make night and donated funds towards starting it. Another parent donated a 3D printer.
Now we just need some supply donations to get rolling.
Even better yet, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has agreed to match every donation to this project because of its innovative nature in engaging students both in the classroom and with families.
MakerEd: Thinking About Thinking About Seymour Papert
A great article from MakerEd about the father of the Maker Movement that aligns with much of Central Park Elementary's philosophy.
Box Tops Due February 28th!
Get them in quick so parent volunteer Wendy Matsuda can get them all sent in for us!
SCUSD: LCAP Feedback
LCAP Feedback - Tell Us How We're Doing!
The Santa Clara Unified School District is seeking input on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Please take this survey to give feed back on the 2016-17 actions and guide our planning for the 2017-18 school year. The survey will be open from February 15, 2017-March 15, 2017.
LCAP Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/17-18LCAP
Encuesta del Plan de Control Local y Rendimiento de Cuentas (LCAP) - https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-18LCAPSpanish
Makey Makey For Dollar Match on DonorsChoose
School Launch Page: bit.ly/cpinspire
NEXT: Mon. Feb. 27, 2017
1st Grade Blog
First grade will begin an inquiry about light and sound when we get back from February break. We are going to be exploring and experimenting with a lot of fun hands-on materials including musical instrument design. We get to be scientists and engineers!
How can we, as physicists, create a way to communicate without using any spoken language?
These are the main ideas of our unit:
These are a few of our new vocabulary words:
Here are a few fun ways you can work with your child at home:
One more thing…if you have any toilet paper tubes, we could use them for some of our activities.
2nd Grade Blog
Hello 2nd grade families! Here’s what’s going on in our classrooms:
3rd Grade Blog
We are building life skills in order to be responsible citizens. Friendship is our September Life skill. We are working on learning what friends need and how to build friendships.
Students are learning to train their brain by turning negative thoughts into positive thoughts. They are learning that failing at something isn't a bad thing. When you make a mistake it gives you the opportunity to learn and try again.
We are learning how to read books and building stamina. Our next step is learning how to read with a partner.
We are focused on sorting, counting and writing numbers.
Passion projects are time for students to research and learn about a topic of interest. They will have time in class to work on these projects. Please contact your child's teacher if you are interested in volunteering during passion project time.
Fun Fridays are a way to introduce new projects to students by sharing your passions. Sometimes students find a new passion they never knew they had!
Please be prepared to bring in supplies you need for your project. Here are some projects which parents have done with students in the past.
- Finger knitting
- Growing plants
- Drawing lessons
Contact your child's teacher if you have an interest to share with our students.
Using some of the materials from our "Make Making Mobile" and "Coding for Kids" DonorsChoose campaigns, we converted a rolling bookshelf into a mobile cart for robotics.
This allows us to easily transport robotics equipment into the classrooms when needed for specific projects. The first classroom for robotics to roll into from the makerspace was Ms. Cary's 3rd Grade class.
Using the Dash and Dot robots from Wonder Workshop, the students were given Wonder League programming challenges that combined the study of Native American Indians in social studies with the conservation of natural resources in environmental science.
This PBL curriculum called "Ojibwe: Life Connected to the Land" was designed in house with consultation from Dr. Ann Maria De Mars, the President of 7 Generation Games. Her company specializes in making educational games that teach Native American Indian history.
The first mission entitled "Constructing a Wigwam" challenged students to collect the supplies necessary to build a shelter for the Ojibwe. They lived in the Great Lakes area weathering the winter storms so they needed to gather bark from birch trees for their wigwam.
If the Ojibwe took all the bark off one tree, the tree would die. To conserve the trees, instead they took a little bit of bark off multiple trees.
Students programmed their Dash robot as an Ojibwe Indian on a 240cm by 150cm grid with letters A to E going up and numbers 1-8 going to the right. Students had to move Dash from position C1 to positions C3, C5 and C7.
Students had to practice their mathematical spatial reasoning to calculate how many centimeters the robot would need to move to get from the center of C1 to the center of C3 when each box on the grid was 30cm square. Would it be 15cm? 30cm? 45cm? or 60cm? Teams of 3rd Graders had to figure it out with their partners.
The Ojibwe clans each had an animal representing them based on the characteristics of the clan that matched the animal so we had students play different animal arounds.
At each square, students had to program Dash to turn on a red light, use a wait command for 1 second, turn on a green light, play an animal sound then move to the next tree.
Some students added creatively to their Ojibwe robot program by having their robot swing their tomahawk at the tree.
Then the Ojibwe robot must complete the same task at D5 and D7. An astute programmer could have possibly leveraged their knowledge of loops to complete the latter tasks.
After completing "Constructing a Wigwam" in mission 1, some students moved on to mission 2 "Harvesting Wild Rice". In this mission the Ojibwe must push a canoe through the water to harvest rice. While doing so, they must not accidentally hit the other Ojibwe who are harvesting rice in the water as well.
An additional mission called "Collecting Maple Sugar" was awaiting students however the bell at the end of the day was near. In that mission, students had to push the maple sap containers next to the maple trees on a specific side to ensure that the maple sap was collected.
In total we had 5 teams of 3rd Graders complete Mission 1 of the Ojibwe Life Connected to the Land. This mission was the same level of programming complexity as Wonder League robotics competition mission 1!
Robotics Team Blog
What a weekend!!!
This award was given to the Princess Ponies for their strong showing and hard work in all four categories of STEM Research, Design Engineering Notebook, Driver Skills and Teamwork Challenge.
The Princess Ponies also managed to tie for 3rd Place in the finals with their pink bunny robot named "Pinkies". During qualification matches the Princess Ponies held onto a 6th place standing.
Our Vexonators also had a great showing at the VexIQ tournament pulling off a 25pt double robot balance on the bridge in Teamwork Challenge. The cheers and applause echoed through the gym when they pulled off that feat!
Every member of the Vexonators was completely new to the VexIQ platform having only started working with it in October of 2016.
They also put together a fantastic STEM Research presentation on the use of robotics in medicine. They practiced their presentation on Saturday working at a member's home. Then on Sunday at the VexIQ tournament they did a rehearsal at their table to prepare.
This past Saturday, February 11th, we had 6 members of the Central Park STEAM Robotics Team take on the Future League LEGO Mindstorms EV3 FLL challenge. This event was hosted by Future League at the RobotXSpace of the ZDG Innovation Center.
Here members of Team Pokegears, Vexonators, Dash Girls, Cats Love Legos and Princess Ponies teamed up to move the shark tank from home base into the goal using the EV3 robot.
Our team had to use the port monitor to calculate the total length in distance. Then utilizing their knowledge of geometry, they divided that length by 360 to calculate the number of rotations required on the wheels to complete that distance accurately.
Then they programmed the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 including parameters such as motor power as a percentage, rotations, and stopping method to deliver the shark tank to the destination without the shark falling over in the tank from inertia.
Our students in both the 2nd Grade team as well as the 3rd Grade team successfully completed the missions!
Afterwards our team got to watch a championship level FIRST LEGO League team deliver their innovation project presentation. They also got to watch both an elementary and a middle school team complete the Animal Allies FLL Challenge.
Then our team headed to the foosball for a little teamwork of another kind!
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