What's Happening in CLIC
STEAM Clubs are starting a challenging unit on pneumatic and hydraulic powered contraptions. This is a continued discussion on the power of water. We are learning about how air and water are different in the way that air can be compressed and water can not be compressed. By using syringes and plastic tubing we are utilizing this concept to create powerful machines.
This week we are finishing our paper animal mouths that children had to figure out how to animate using pneumatic (air) power. Once that task is figured out, we will move on to learning how to build hinged machines out of wood that will be powered by hydraulics. (water) Even filling the syringes and tubing with water is a challenge. This project is going to be extremely challenging and frustrating, but the rewards will be great.
My goal for STEAM Club is teach children science concepts by doing. I want them to learn how to build and use tools. Most of all, this club is for children who want to work hard to make something work. I leave projects open ended so that children can be creative with how to execute the project. At the start of the year, many children are not used to not having things not work right away. These projects are tough and I want the kids to understand that it may take 25 tries to get their project to work. These are not failures but valuable lessons in how to go back and make things work. This is hard for many kids since they expect perfection on the first try.
Art Clubs are working on a unit on portraiture. We have been creating frontal portraits using the mathematical proportioning method. By approaching drawing a face into an approachable method that will work every time, students are given a life skill of breaking an overwhelming task into small pieces. We do a step by step method of drawing the face in sections using guide lines and shapes and lines to make sure everything is in proportion. Although all faces are different, share common symmetry in our proportions. The first day, many children were anxious and overwhelmed. Once learning the method, they are masters of portraiture! The work they are producing is stunning.
We will moving on to a unit on animal portraits in sculptural form. We will be sketching animal portraits that will be transformed into paper pulp sculptures. The goal is take the method of proportioning from the human portrait lesson and apply it to creating three dimensional shapes in a sculpture.
CLIC during the school day
This week, 5th grade classes will be coming to CLIC to do hands on science experiments that will be focusing on mass, volume, and density. We will be learning about the importance of these concepts in real life applications. From designing submarines or loading freighter ships to understanding how the seasonal temperature changes support life in a pond, the properties of water are important in understand for everyone. It's going to be a fun lab using common materials that hopefully, your children will come home and show you at home!