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Are You Ready for a Challenge?

Each week we will feature a different challenge in the Learning Commons to stretch your imagination and have some fun! We will incorporate games, technology, and everyday items to add a bit of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to your day. Make sure to visit every week to experience something new!

 
Weekly Agenda
February

The Physics of Spinning Tops


Did you know a top has to defy gravity to spin?

It’s not magic…it’s physics! The force of torque must be applied to make the top start to rotate. Gravity makes it fall. The force of angular momentum holds the top upright because the spin is stronger than gravity. As the spin speed slows, the angular momentum gets smaller until it becomes less than the force of gravity and the top falls over.

The minimum spin speed (in revs, or revolutions, per second) for a typical top like this one to be stable is about 10 revs per second.

This week try it four ways!

  1. How long can you make a top spin?

  2. How many tops can you spin side by side?

  3. Can you hold a piece of cardboard with a spinning top on it to control and balance the top?

  4. Can you stack the spinning tops 5 high?

Need help? Watch the video: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Turbo+Tower+Tops+Toys&&view=detail&mid=44696B0BDCE55D23795444696B0BDCE55D237954&FORM=VRDGAR

January

Spatial Thinking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ready for a challenge?

Spatial Thinking is thinking that finds meaning in the shape, size, orientation, location, direction or trajectory of objects.

Quadrillion is a game of countless challenges and is based on spatial thinking.

Rules:

  1. Snap the 4 magnetic grids together. Any configuration with grids side by side are allowed. Grids can be placed in any order and with either side up.

  2. Fit the 12 puzzle pieces on the game board you just created. Pieces cannot be placed on top of the black or white dots (covered spaces). All other open spaces on the grid need to be occupied by puzzle pieces for the challenge to be solved. Puzzle pieces can occupy open spaces on multiple grids.

  3. All challenges have at least one solution. But it might not be easy!

See pamphlet for clues and starter boards.

December

  

Test your skills or learn a new one! Code a sphero to draw a snowflake in the sand! Show your masterpiece to Mrs. Longgood or Mrs. Fulton for a reward! After you master the snowflake, keep trying to draw other holiday or winter designs, and have fun!

 

   

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What's inside a computer? Nov 14-22

So, what is inside a computer and how does it work? This week we have a computer, monitor and keyboard open so you can see inside, find the different parts and discover what makes it work. Some tools are available for you to find pieces underneath, but please return parts to their original position so others can discover as well. See the booklet, “What's Inside a Computer” to help you find components and what they do.

Image result for inside a computer

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Launchers Nov 1 - 4

You get one cup, one orange pom-pom, one spoon, four craft sticks, two rubber bands, two feet of tape, and two feet of yarn. You may only use these items, you do not need to use all the items, but you need to use at least 2!

Build a machine of any style using two or more of the items above to dispatch a pom-pom. "Chunk your pumpkin" as far as you can and measure it. Tiles in the library are 2' x 2' and tiles in the hall are 40" x 40". Use the ruler to measure inches past the farthest tile. Report your distance on the record sheet and take a picture of you and your launcher. Share your picture with Mrs. Longgood or Mrs. Fulton.

You may keep your Launcher and pom-pom, but use it wisely!

Good luck and have fun!! 

For more information check out these websites!

How does a catapult work?

 How does a slingshot work?

Pumpkin Chunkin' videos!

Halloweeen Pop Art October 24-31

This week we have coloring pages in the library for you to enjoy! The pages are Halloween themed in the Pop Art style. If you would like, draw or create your own pop art using computer graphics. You may keep your picture or leave it in the library to display for Halloween.

Learn more about Pop Art Movement, Artists and Art here at The Art Story website.

After you colorand/or create your Halloween Pop Art, hone your Speed Stacking skills!

Click here and watch the introduction, Learn the 3-3-3 and Rules parts 1 & 2 before you begin competing.

If you want a challenge, try 3-6-3 stacking! Learn how here!

For more information, checkout the

Speed Stacks Official Website

Stack Fast Part 1 video at the ESPN championships

Amazing Steven Purugganan speed stacking champ

and the world champion visits Queen Latifa

House of Cards Oct 10-14

Building a House of Cards Game 1:

Put the cards in a pile with the numbers facing down.

Each player picks a card. They then get to take the same number of cards as the first card they picked. For example, Lisa picks the 3 of diamonds. She then gets to pick 3 more cards. She then uses those cards to start building her house of cards. Jokers give the player another turn and face cards pick 4 more cards. Keep picking cards and building a house of cards until all the cards are gone.

We just played until the cards were gone, then we compared all the different styles of card houses. If you wish to have a winner, the winner would be the one who built the biggest house of cards.

 

Building a House of Cards Game 2:

In this version each player begins with the same amount of cards. For a simpler version, you may want to give no more than eight cards per player to start with. Choose one player to be the “foreman”. The foreman’s job is to plan the construction of the house and build a model. The foreman builds a simple house of cards. The other players then have to construct a replica with their cards. This is a visual spatial and visual attention activity. It is also the foreman’s job to help and encourage with verbal directions. It is actually a fairly difficult skill to give clear verbal instructions but keep trying! Foreman, don’t point or do it yourself, use your words and keep encouraging the construction crew!

Building a House of Cards Game 3:

In this version you can use any cards, you will not be using cards with slits.

Each player gets the same number of cards. The game is to see how many cards you can use without the house of cards falling. Another version of this game would be to see who finishes using all their cards first.

We just played until the cards were gone, then we compared all the different styles of card houses. If you wish to have a winner, the winner would be the one who built the biggest house of cards.

Good tips on this video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhXe_dMfHSw

 Building a House of Cards Game 4:

You are challenged to build a house of cards that is strong enough to support an item without falling down. We will use a book instead of the banana shown in the picture. Who can build a house of cards which will hold the biggest book?

Put the cards in a pile with the numbers facing down.

Each player picks a card. They then get to take the same number of cards as the first card they picked. For example, Lisa picks the 3 of diamonds. She then gets to pick 3 more cards. She then uses those cards to start building her house of cards. Jokers give the player another turn and face cards pick 4 more cards. Keep picking cards and building a house of cards until all the cards are gone.

 How to make an awesome and easy house of cards video!

Dominoes! Oct 3-7

This week’s challenge is dominoes! This week we are just going to have fun with it and see who can build the longest and/or most creative domino track. To be entered in the competition, video your track and airdrop it to Mrs. Fulton or Mrs. Longgood. Follow this link to see how this week’s STEAM challenge relates to physics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y97rBdSYbkg

Marble Maze Sept 26-30

You are hereby challenged my to create a pinball-like marble maze game using a paper plate, some basic craft supplies, and marbles. Make it cool, make it unique, make it challenging! 

The object of the game is to create a maze by attaching strips of construction paper and pipe cleaners to a paper plate for your marble to go through as you tilt the plate different directions using your hands. Be creative. You may want to make the path for your marble more difficult by numbering the strips to create one path for your marbles, or you may want to create a nest for the marble to rest in at the end. Or you may want to come up with something else entirely.

The maze is yours to take home, however, please leave the marbles here at school. Please only use one plate this week. You may use the same plate to add to or create different mazes on throughout the week.

Take a picture or video of your maze and send it to Mrs. Longgood or Mrs. Fulton. You may win most creative maze for the week

Added bonus: You may play with the Mrs. Longgood's Frustration Ball for inspiration. This is a noisy activity, so please be mindful of others who are trying to work!

Supplies:

1 paper plate, tape, colored paper strips, markers.

Here are a few examples to get you started: ENJOY!


Speed Stacking! Sept 19-23

Speed stacking is an individual or team sport which involves staking specially designed cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. Speed stacking has many benefits: it uses both sides of your brain and body, improves hand eye coordination, helps with ambidexterity, and improves speed and coordination.

This week we will only compete with the 3-3-3 stack using 9 cups. Compete against yourself, or record your times to compete against others. Make sure to watch the videos first then, practice, practice practice!

Click here and watch the introduction, Learn the 3-3-3 and Rules parts 1 & 2 before you begin competing.

For more information, checkout the

Speed Stacks Official Website

Stack Fast Part 1 video at the ESPN championships

Amazing Steven Purugganan speed stacking champ

and the world champion visits Queen Latifa

Paper Airplanes! Sept 12-16

This week we challenge you to build paper airplanes and fly them! Your mission is to build a paper airplane designed to stay in the air as long as possible.  You may build your plane alone or with a team.

Before building your paper airplane, research the basics of aerodynamics and flight. Read the article "What Makes a Paper Airplane Fly?" on the table or in the attachment below. Do some of your own research on the web as well.

Building the Paper Airplanes

  1. ​Use up to four sheets of the 8.5"x11" sheets of copy paper found on the desk. You may not use any other type of paper, although you may choose to use one, two, three or four sheets.
  2. You may also use any of the following items. You choose which item(s) you use, if any.
  • one standard paper clip
  • three inches of tape
  • a dab of glue
  • three staples
  1. You may work on your paper airplanes for as long as you need.

Time in Air Test Rules

For the time in air category, each student throws his or her airplane while another student times the flights with the stopwatch on your iPad. Report the times in seconds and hundredths of a second. (Example: 2.45 seconds.) Each student has up to three chances to get his or her longest "time in air." Again throw the plane in the hallway between the gym and the Learning Commons from the starting line towards the high school office. Before logging your time, take your plane to Mrs. Longgood or Mrs. Fulton to verify your plane is in "legal" (see items you can use to build plane).

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Origami! Sept 6-9

Origami is the art of folding a piece of paper (typically a square) into something recognizable without using glue, tape, or scissors.

Before starting an origami project, read the basic folding instructions, and the instructions of your project before beginning to fold.

Challenge: If you are a novice origami folder, start with the Fabulous Frog and/or the Wonderful Whale. Instructions are attached below and on the challenge desk. If you are interested in completing other projects try the crane or something from these websites, or from the books found on display in the NHS Learning Commons. Enjoy and have fun!

OrigamiInstructions.com

Star Wars Origami

Simple Origami

Origami Flowers

Origami Animals

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Jenga! Aug 29-Sept 2

It's time for Jenga! Did you know the tallest recorded Jinga tower was 40 rows high? Most people are lucky to get to 30 rows before it falls! Why? And why does pulling out the two outside pieces on the bottom row make the structure easier to fall?

Challenge: As you play the game, see how many rows you can build on your own, or as a group. Then read 5 Things Jenga can tell us about Structural Engineering. Then see if you can build a higher tower using the structural enginering elements you learn. Log your tower height in rows on the sheet provided.

For more informaiton on structural engineering, check out these articles!

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