Students in Mr. Jacobs's POE course have been working on doing less work. Students created vehicles that would be propelled by a launch mechanism. They also created catapults with the goal of hitting a target rather than launching something as far as they can.
Our IED students are building rockets to launch on compressed air rocket launcher made from PVC pipes and a sprinker valve. The rockets can be launched at up to 100 P.S.I. Students researched rocket designs and built their own from scratch. Here are some of them in action.
Our CEA class had some visitors! Ms. Crowley, the teacher of CEA, assigned her class to build house models (or facades) of various types of housing examples (modern, Victorian, colonial, etc). The 12 models were presented to a panel of 8-9 judges who were given evaluations with a rubric to complete. A first and second place model were chosen. The students and Ms. Crowley did a really terrific job…here are some pics:
The last top left is of the two winning designs: Moises Farias (International style house) and Gabe Rodriguez (Victorian style house).
IED students were given a challenge. Using only an 8.5 in x 11 in sheet of paper and two 1 in x 1 in x 1 in cubes, construct a free standing bridge so that no paper touches the table. Within those constraints, the goal was to have the greatest distance between the cubes. Students came up with some very clever ideas. Below are some pictures of their work.