July 16, 2018

Posted by Vickie Blanchet on 7/16/2018

K-2:  Chihuly Inspired Macchia

What is a Macchia?  And who is Chihuly?  The word "macchia" means "stain" and Dale Chihuly is an artist who specialized in colorful glass sculptures.  If you're ever in Seattle check out his exhibit, which is located right next to the Space Needle.  So, what does this have to do with our K-2 project?  Well, our students used colored felt pens to draw pretty designs on coffee filters.  Then, they folded their coffee filters over a plastic solo cup and secured them with a rubber band.  Finally, they sprayed them with starch.  This caused the colors to bleed, leaving a "Chihuly inspired Macchia."


Grade 3:  Jamie O'Rourke & the Big Potato

Today, our third grade students read Jamie O'Rourke & the Big Potato by Tomie de Paolo.  Then they were challenged to build a pulley that would lift their "giant" potato.  Here are the results:


Grade 4:  A Wolf Proof House

After reading the story of The Three Little Pigs, our fourth grade students were challenged to build a "Wolf Proof House."  While we didn't have a wolf to test them, we did try to blow them down with a box fan.


Grade 5:  Straw Boats

Our sixth grade students were challenged to build straw boats that could hold as much weight as possible after reading How Many Days to America? by Eve Bunting and Beth Peck as a way to understand the perilousness of the journey many refugees take fleeing oppressive regimes.  Here are their creations:


Grade 6:  One Plastic Bag

"What do we do with used plastic bags?" is a question to which people around the world have struggled to find an answer.  After our sixth grade students read the story One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul, they were challenged to REPURPOSE a plastic bag into something useful.   Flavi ressponded, "I couldn't get the plastic bags into a ball shape."  Aislin felt that coming up with an idea was the hardest part.  Oh, and "keeping the duct tape straight so that it only stuck where I wanted it to."

Here are their results:


Grade 7+:  Rube Goldberg Machines

This week, our grade 7-10 students have been learning about, designing and building their own "Rube Goldberg" machines as they learn about chain reactions.  On the first day they used a variety of materials to experiment with the concept individually or in pairs.