Many students spent the days leading up to Thanksgiving working on the “Chunkin Challenge” by constructing and testing their catapults and trebuchets. For most this was the first time they had ever built something like this. Students either purchased a kit to build from or participated in the “open build” category. Here are some construction… Read More Days 66 – 70: Chunkin Fruit
In keeping with the original (and simple) purpose of the Mosaic-180 tag, here is a picture of some of the day’s learning. Kaiden and Kevin are interested in flight and rocketry. As part of their Mosaic work they are making 2-liter water bottle rockets and are investigating principles of chemistry and physics (and hopefully some… Read More Day 65: November Sky
As always, there was so much going on today. Here’s a picture of the so-called “Trial of the Century.” You can see Mr. Schneider and Mr. Martin on the right and Rick, our trial lawyer mentor in the suit, next to His Honor, Judge Erlenbeck … and of course our stern and procedural bailiffs standing… Read More Day 64: Objection, Your Honor!
We tend to begin and end the week as a whole collective group – with team building and fun activities. Today Michael facilitated some fun activities that challenged our students to work together … as one. Right after they activity I bumped into these girls. I asked for an “attitude” pic and this is what… Read More Day 63: Got ‘Tude?
Meh to me as I failed to take pictures of student learning this week. I don’t know … someone yelled, “Squirrel!” or something. I have no idea why I don’t have images of the MakerSpace action, which is beginning to kick into gear as students explore power tools, catapults and trebuchets, and Arduino boards. I… Read More Days 59 – 62: Meh!
A foundational idea to the Mosaic Collective is beginning to gather momentum. It’s the idea of 20% time, made famous by organizations and companies like Google. Can you imagine dedicating 20% of your work time to personal curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation; operating only under the caveat that what you develop and create must benefit the… Read More Twenty Percent Time, Really, Seriously, Like Totally 20%
The science lab was buzzing today. In between working with students, who made appointments to meet with me (so cool!), I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on the impressive conversations that were taking place as students were assembled in small groups like the one in the above picture. Here’s some of the amazingness I overheard: What are… Read More Day 58: Protons are Protons, Not Quarks, They’re Protons … Duh!