On Thursday and Friday, CCE students became engineers! First, we introduced the engineering design process to students. Then, 1st and 2nd graders experimented with building hoop glider airplanes to create a design that would make their hoop gilder go the greatest distance. 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders were challenged to build a water balloon launcher that would send a water balloon flying the farthest. They were given a limited amount of time and could only use the materials given to them: masking tape, wire, rubber bands, paper plates, paper clips, string, and wooden sticks.
To introduce the engineering design process to students, we used this presentation:
You can find more information on hoop gliders and how to make them here.
We had so much fun doing this, and are looking forward to more engineering activities next year!
CCE 4th graders have been learning about Texas explorers in social studies. To show what they learned, we created a menu of activities for them to choose from. Here are some of the choices students had:
Once students had completed one activity for each of the five explorers they learned about, they put their work on their Weebly blogs. If asked for a password, it is cce2cce2.
Then, students created Thinglinks. They used a map of Texas as the background image, and put spots on the map to show where different explorers went. The spots link to the activity the student completed on that particular explorer. Here is an example of a Thinglink a student created:
Weebly is an app that we have used to create student blogs. We have used blogs for various projects, including writing blog posts from the perspective of someone who lived in the past, blogging reading responses, and publishing projects on explorers.
To learn more, see the App Snapshot below: