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Technology News: May 2013

2/3 Technology
Students have finished building and testing their boats, and finished compiling the packets of work that they created during the course of the project. Boats will be on display at the Spring Curriculum Celebration. Great work, 2/3 students!
A finished 2/3 boat project. A finished 2/3 boat project.
4/5 Technology
Students have finished building and testing their vibrobots, and finished compiling the Keynote presentations that they created during the course of the project. These Keynote presentations show their project work from start to finish. Vibrobots will be on display at the Spring Curriculum Celebration. Great work, 4/5 students!
For now, check out the video below that shows one of the finished Vibrobots.

Middle School Technology
In April, students have been finishing their final design drawings and moving into building and testing their solar-powered vehicles.
A student finishes final design plans for his solar vehicle. A student finishes final design plans for his solar vehicle.
 
Students have a range of materials to choose from when building their vehicles, including foam, cardboard, foamcore, and plastic. The vehicles are starting to take shape for most students. See some examples below:
A student uses the hot-wire cutter to cut the foam body for his solar-powered vehicle. A student uses the hot-wire cutter to cut the foam body for his solar-powered vehicle.
A student's solar vehicle in process. A student’s solar vehicle in process.
A student uses the drill press to create axle holes for her solar vehicle. A student uses the drill press to create axle holes for her solar vehicle.
A student's solar vehicle in process. A student’s solar vehicle in process.
A student's solar vehicle in process. A student’s solar vehicle in process.
 
After getting the vehicles built, testing and recording data is the next step in determining the success of the design.
A student tests her solar-powered vehicle. A student tests her solar-powered vehicle.
Students measure light intensity and test solar panels. Students measure light intensity and test solar panels.
A student measures light intensity and records results on an iPad. A student measures light intensity and records results on an iPad.
Testing the voltage from a solar panel. Testing the voltage from a solar panel.
MS Tech Elective: Assistive Technology
The 2nd semester Assistive Technology elective is going very well.
Students have been finishing up their first project: one-button video games. They have been working hard on troubleshooting and fixing bugs in their games, getting them turned in through our Moodle online learning system, and moving on to the extension activity for this project.
Screenshot from a student's one-button game.
Screenshot from a student's one-button game.
The extension activity for this project is to build a prototype switch that could be used to play the one-button games. Students have been working with cardboard to build prototypes, and then moving on to use other materials, such as thermoplastic donated by a parent who works in Occupational Therapy.
A student works on his prototype switch. A student works on his prototype switch.
Students work with thermoplastic, using it to make custom molds from their wrist and hands. Students work with thermoplastic, using it to make custom molds from their wrist and hands.
Students work with thermoplastic, using it to make custom molds from their wrist and hands. Students work with thermoplastic, using it to make custom molds from their wrist and hands.
A student works on her prototype switch. A student works on her prototype switch.
A student's prototype switch, using a spring and thermoplastic. A student’s prototype switch, using a spring and thermoplastic.

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