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Sphero Lesson 2.0 and 3.0

For our second and third class for spheros, we taught our “Students” how to make a circle getting bigger and a figure eight. We also added challenges like colors, sound and speed differences for them to do. After we finished all our challenges for them, we played sphero community games, like Pong, Fortune Teller,  Animal Toss, etc.  Our students had so much fun that they were bummed out when they had to leave. Overall I think that these classes have made a great amount of progress than when we first started teaching them.


Sphero Lesson #1

On March 8, my group (Mason, Rick, Me) and I taught Mrs. Boyer’s class and Mrs. Cooper’s class about Sphero. Each group had been assigned to teach a certain amount of students. My group had to teach Charlotte, Beatrice, and Sandy in Mrs. Cooper’s class, then we had to teach Nate, Jonah, and Lola. The lessons were really hard because people didn’t understand certain things. We had to start with the basics, like what the Sphero is, and what programming code does. In the middle of our lesson with Mrs. Cooper’s class, someone kept on hogging the Ipad and didn’t really let the other people get to code. For Mrs. Boyer’s class, it felt to us that someone was trying to teach us than trying being taught.  Overall I thought that it was a very fun experience to teach other kids in my grade.

Rube Goldberg #6

Now that my group and I finished our Rube Goldberg machine and recorded the success, we finally got to relax a bit. The only problem is that I am nervous about sharing the video to the whole class. My group and I worked very hard to make the machine. It was hard to meet up because most of the time someone was always busy. Overall, I think our group did okay compared to other groups, because we barely got to meet.

Rube Goldberg #4

For our Rube Goldberg, we managed to finish the sketch on Google Docs online. Mason and I used hangouts to video call each other, so we could communicate more quickly and more efficiently, than just using the comments to chat about what we are going to include for our Rube Goldberg. I think that it will take us a long time to record a successful run for our machine, because it is complicated.

Rube Goldberg #5

For our Rube Goldberg meet, we finished the machine, and recorded the successes and fails. My group (Mason, Rick, Me) and I met for only 3 times and we got a success recorded. When the final step was successful, we extremely happy because it took lots of tries to record a successful run-thru. Overall I think this project is really challenging because you have to cooperate with your group and decide what to include in your machine.

Rube Goldberg #2

For our second Rube Goldberg meet, we discussed our sketch and what part of our machine was going to look like. I think this project is really hard to do because it may be hard for your group to meet. My group (Mason, Rick, Me) and I decided that since we can’t meet too often, we will try to make the most of it in one meet.

We included different materials in our machine. We included Dominoes, Tubes, Cardboard Paper Rolls, Mini Hoop, Car, Marbles, and etc.

This project is really hard because our machine might fail multiple times, and we have to record our successful attempt.

MLK, jr. Speech

For Martin Luther King, jr.’s speech, I thought that his speech has been realized because King’s speech played an important role for ending segregation and gaining rights for the black people. If King didn’t make the speech, people might have ignored him if he wasn’t doing the, “Nation’s most historical moment”. King was talking about how the black people still didn’t have freedom, and how they will gain freedom by protesting and boycotting.

I thought that the most important part of Martin Luther King, jr.’s speech was when he said, “I have a dream, that one day little black boys and little black girls can join hands with little white boys and little white girls, I have a dream!” I thought that this was the most important part because it represents how segregation can be “cured”.

I think that Martin’s speech changed the world by “Using love against hate, not using hate against hate”. His speech probably changed lots of people’s mind about segregation. I think that the speech has been realized because lots of people heard about it, and agreed about his speech.

Rube Goldberg #1

For the Rube Goldberg project, my group (Mason, Rick, Me) and I met at Mason’s house on Sunday, January 8th. We discussed how we are going to build our Rube Goldberg invention. But first, we had to do the sketch, and it was really hard to think of what to do because we had to draw all of it out. I think that there are going to be lots of failures for our invention, and not that many successes. My group and I work together pretty well because we have creative ideas and get things done quickly.