I want to give you time to work on your Rocket Report (see the previous post) so we will do a short version of the Molecular Workbench exploration on Thursday. You can do either:
Click here to access the rocket report template on Google docs. (You need to be logged into your HTH email to access it). Make a private copy with your names in the document title and complete the report for you and your partner (maximum 2 people per report). Share your copy with Dr. Don along with each of your spreadsheets before noon Saturday.
TASK 1: Explore activities (hour 1)
You may choose to work on either two 25 minute activities or one 45 minute one (there are six in all).
25 min activities:
TASK 2: Explore interactivities (hour 2)
When you are finished with the activities, explore the "Interactivities" section of the website. The interactivities simulate various molecular process in biology, chemistry, and physics. Explore as many as you have time for. For each one you play with, write down at least one thing you learned from the simulation. Turn in your list at the end of the period. The more you explore, the more credit you will get.
To begin, click on the picture above to go to the Molecular Workbench website and then on the "Try Activities" button. Have fun!
Time to get your code on. Create a spectacular light animation for the rocket sculpture. You have 3 days. On Thursday, we will vote on the best one in each of the following categories:
If you couldn't attend class on Wednesday, September 16, you missed the first half of our Design Thinking activity. But happy day, you can catch up at home. Go to the design thinking crash course website and play the video that comes up. Follow along while completing sections 1-7 of the worksheet per the instructions in the video (see below for a link to the worksheets).
In class, we changed the design goal from improving the "gift giving experience" to either improving the "transportation experience" (for the morning class) or to improving "wealth distribution" (for the afternoon class). Please make this substitution for your session as well. Also, you need to do this with a partner. A parent or high school age sibling is fine. It should take no longer than 55 minutes but try not to rush through ahead of the pace in the video. Taking time to reflect on what you are doing is critical.
If you didn't get a copy of the worksheets, click here to download a PDF version you can print at home. Turn in your completed worksheets no later than Wednesday (Jan 13) for full credit.
On Friday, we got our Arduino on. You need to learn how to program an Arduino computer to turn on LEDs, control motors, and make sounds but you will need an Arduino to do this. You can get started by installing the Arduino programming environment on your home computer (either Mac or PC). The instructions are on the "Arduino Crash Course" page (under Labs/Electronics) along with links to 4 tutorials you need to complete. You can check out a hardware kit from Dr. Don with all the pieces you need to complete the tutorials. Document what you did to change each of the 5 example programs and give it to Dr. Don by Friday, Jan 15 for full credit.
Class assignment for Monday, Dec 14.
You've finished your book. You've collected some of your thoughts about how you liked it and what you learned from it. It's time to write a brief review suitable for posting to a book review site like Goodreads or Amazon. The review must be no shorter than 200 words and no longer than 1000. Here a link to a website that describes how to write a good review of a non-fiction book. It lists three items every good review should have:
Your "energineering" teacher is Dr. Don. He loves to learn how the world works and push himself to tackle new challenges. If you are a like-minded person, you will love this class. Even if you don't think you like science or math, I hope you discover that you are better at it than you ever realized.