February 22, 2017
Student Self-Reflection: Ideas36 Presentation at "Sparking Today's Learner"
Students in the IDEAS36 group were asked to create and present an “IGNITE” session about their project on sharing student voice at Surrey School’s Sparking Today’s Learner dinner on February 22, 2017. Students worked collaboratively with each other and with District staff, both digitally and in person, to prepare. This process resulted in a presentation that was extremely well received by all in attendance.
February 25, 2016
Physics 11 Final Project: Rube Goldberg
Background: Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist (New York Post) that became famous for drawing very complicated machines that performed very simple tasks. A typical Rube Goldberg device could not perform a job as straightforward as turning on a faucet without the assistance of pulleys, fulcrums, mousetraps, cables, and gears. By the time the cartoonist retired, the term “Rube Goldbergian” had been enshrined in the language to describe anything characterized by excess complexity. Every time something in the Universe moves, heats, cools, or explodes, some form of energy is transferred from one piece of matter to another. Since there are many different forms of energy, there are also a large number of ways to transfer it. This is the principle of Physics behind the Rube-Goldberg contraptions. This project is designed to let you demonstrate your understandings of those transfers by creating some of your own. Objective: To build a machine that uses a golf ball to a) pop a balloon b) ring a bell or c) turn on music
Rube Goldberg planning diagram.
Detailed diagram of our device with explanation of energy transformations and types of simple machines or devices that were used.
Artifact Source: Alyssa Becker, Surrey Schools
December 14, 2016
Escaping Fort McMurray’s Fire
Background On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta. On May 3, it swept through the community, destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Albertan history. It continued to spread across northern Alberta and into Saskatchewan,[consuming forested areas and impacting Athabasca oil sands operations until mid-June when rain helped firefighters to hold the fire. It may become the costliest disaster in Canadian history. Your task…explain the impact of the fire on the community, create a survival plan to escape the fire, and analyze some of the complex issues of evacuating a massive number of residents. Before you can work on a rich task you first need to demonstrate a minimum proficiency level in your basic knowledge of math content. In this case, the content I am looking for is decimals, percentages and proportions. You will write an open-ended learning standards test and I will conference with you after to give you feedback and what you need to work on . Once ready, you will start the rich task (above) Learning Standards:
- I can engage in problem-solving experiences that are connected to place, story, and cultural practices that are relevant to the community
- I can demonstrate and use my understanding of mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), decimals, percents, ratios, and area to solve problems
My Self-Assessment of Core Competencies
Artifact Source: Tinh Ngo, Surrey Schools
MEETING EXPECTATIONS - Overall great job on the assignment.
Your thought and calculation process were very well laid out. One improvement I would suggest is to make more clear assumptions about question 5. How many lanes were there? Is there a gap between each car? Overall great work on demonstrating knowledge of content.
In terms of communication, your feedback was very detailed. I like the fact that you related your childhood memories. I agree with you in that you need to slow down and talk to yourself about different steps in solving the problems.
You provide great insight on how a forest fire can impact so many different aspects of a community. What are some other things that you can do to help the victims of this tragedy?