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17

Oct

While you are waiting for our next installment of AWESOMENESS, please enjoy watching Soo Sunny Park create a real space beyond my imagination.

thekidshouldseethis:

Artist Soo Sunny Park's Unwoven Light, filmed by Walley Films.

Seeing a Styrofoam cup stuck on a fence one day got Park thinking about the chain link’s properties of being both rigid and porous, of acting as a boundary while retaining an appearance of openness… 

Explains Park, “Like a net, the sculpture is a filter that is meant to capture the light that is already there and force it to reveal itself. Now we can see it, the light, in purple shadows and yellow-green reflections that both mirror the shape of the fence and restructure the space they inhabit.”

Related watching from Rice University, a physicist’s perspective on Park’s shimmering, iridescent piece, featuring Jason Hafner, Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy and Chemistry at Rice, and a time-lapse of the installation:

Related watching: iridescence and more art installations.

via It’s Nice That.

16

Sep

sumnerscholars:

Welcome Back Everyone!

We have had a lot of changes at The Sumner. The city of Boston put another homeroom in our school. There was no space left, so they put it in the computer lab. This means I am traveling to each homeroom to bring our scholars their technology. The great news is we will be adding iPads to our technology options.
We have started the year with a project from Scistarter.com. All students have now become Citizen Scientists. This means, they doing science experiments proposed by a scientist online, then they collect the data and send it to the scientists.
Our first project is Are US State Quarters Fair Flippers?. This little experiment helps us explore our 50 states, working with other people, coins, multiplication, division, predictions, probability, and collecting data. The most fabulous thing about this lesson is the work we do in the classroom is not only practice for what we do in the real world; it actually IS work for a global science project.
Check out Scistarter.com and let me know how you have become a Citizen Scientist.

(The top images are in a 1st grade classroom. The bottoms images are in 3 grades classrooms.)

Welcome Back Everyone!

We have had a lot of changes at The Sumner. The city of Boston put another homeroom in our school. There was no space left, so they put it in the computer lab. This means I am traveling to each homeroom to bring our scholars their technology. The great news is we will be adding iPads to our technology options.
We have started the year with a project from Scistarter.com. All students have now become Citizen Scientists. This means, they doing science experiments proposed by a scientist online, then they collect the data and send it to the scientists.
Our first project is Are US State Quarters Fair Flippers?. This little experiment helps us explore our 50 states, working with other people, coins, multiplication, division, predictions, probability, and collecting data. The most fabulous thing about this lesson is the work we do in the classroom is not only practice for what we do in the real world; it actually IS work for a global science project.
Check out Scistarter.com and let me know how you have become a Citizen Scientist.

(The top images are in a 1st grade classroom. The bottoms images are in 3 grades classrooms.)

14

Jun

Computer Club and I made a quick Keynote about writing a book using Boom Writer. They will present to all the 4th and 5th graders next week. Some of these kids are reluctant writers, and some of those kids one the writing challenge!
Everyone had a great time on Boomwriter.com!