CLIC Clubs are going great! I am so impressed by how hard everyone is working. It reflects in the craftsmanship of the work students are creating as well as the uniqueness in thought.
Mechanical contraptions class is especially challenging since there are so many factors that go into getting the cam driven gears to mechanize the top friction gears. Every child's project is different so they can not just make it and it works. Careful thought has to go into each step. There is a huge learning experience when students realize they have to test, reengineer, retest, and probably reengineer again. It is the engineering design process in real time and the kids are loving it when
they get their machines to work. This week we are adding the characters or scenes that will be mechanized.
Basket makers are whizzing along making all kinds of shapes, adding beads, and finishing off the top this week. Students are going to learn how to weave a cover or flat trivet this week.
The last set of pictures is Mrs. Kelleher's 4th grade class doing expressive Landform pictures for Science. We looked at the art of Georgia O'Keefe for inspiration and then drew different types of landforms in water soluble oil pastels. We then blended the pastel with water to create dreamlike paintings. It was a great fusion of art and science.