Archive of ‘6th Grade Tech’ category

When we came back from break, we started to built our flashlights! First we had to blue print our designs. We got this sheet tat had boxes on it all across the page. We had to measure the pieces and graph them on the paper. Then we had to make sure the measurements were correct. Then we made our final blueprint. We added all the parts and connected them. Then we added wires and circuits to the final plan. Then we are ready to start building!!!!!

The Circuit Game

A few days ago we finished our switches so on Monday we played a game with our finished  circuits. Basically, we connected our switches to a breadboard with some alligator clips and a small LED light. We connected them so when the tinfoil on my circuit hit tinfoil, the alligator clips connected them so when they touched, the small LED light turn on. We got into groups of 4. The first two jobs were to flip piles of cards. As you know a deck of cards has half red cards, and half black cards. The two people split the cards evenly having no idea which colors they get because they shuffled them. The people don’t look at the cards. On the count of three, they both flip the top card. The next person’s job is based on the color of the cards, press each of the switches so the light goes on. The last person’s job is to record any mistakes the person who does the circuits make. Now you know how to play the game, so go play.

Pendants!!!

For the past few days, my class and I have been making pendants. We have been bending wires into shapes. First we took a long wire and bended it into a circle with a loop to put the string in. Then we had to make a design inside of it using at the most 5 wires. I chose to make a basketball because it is simple, and basketball is my favorite sport. I made little wires into the shape of a basketball. Then I went to go solder my pieces together. First you take the rod and get the wire hot. Then you take the other piece and melt the wires together. I out my pendant on a copper string and cut it so it’s a choker. I can’t wait to wear it more!!!

Pajama Program

A few days ago, the founder of the pajama program came to class and taught us about the program. She told us how it originated. She was just a normal woman with a normal job. But one day she wanted to read to children who didn’t have homes, so she went to a shelter for children. She thinks bedtime is a crucial part if children’s growing. They need to get enough sleep and be comfy. It was one of the best parts about her childhood. After she read the children at the shelter a book, they all walked out of the room. Genevieve (the founder) followed them out of the room. The children led her to a small room with a sofa, maybe one bed, and a floor full of blankets. All the children found a spot in the room to sleep. Genevieve wondered were all their pajamas were. They went to sleep in their clothes, so Genevieve left. She asked if she could come back next week and read to them again. The people at the shelter said yes. Next week she brought more books to read to them, and she brought pajamas for all of them. She thought, at least they can be comfy while sleeping. Throughout the weeks, she went to different shelters with pajamas and books. People started dropping off pajamas at her doorstep everyday. Eventually her boss found out and she got fired. Now her full time job was to work on giving children a good bedtime experience. Her company has expanded through the years, and now has given millions of children pj’s.

BREAKOUT OR DIE

Dear Reader,

                 I just started a new quarterly. I’m really excited because everyone loves Mr. Calvert, and loves what we do. We have had three classes, and the first was nothing special. We went over the safety rules. Blah Blah Blah. It was good I guess so we don’t get hurt. But yesterday we did our first activity. We played Breakout!!! It was so much fun. We were separated into two teams and raced to see who could finish first. Were were given three locks we had to unlock. We were given about 4 or 5 clues. The first lock we opened before the the other team so we were ahead of them. Then a few minutes later they opened their lock. The second lock no one could get. Then I looked at a clue and just guessed a word that was on the clue and it opened. We only had one more lock besides the bonus one. The other team got the look shortly after us so whoever unlocked the third lock first, won. We were about to open the lock, but then the other team, opened theirs and yelled “we win!” My team was about to open the lock, so I was kind off sad. Anyway, both the teams tried to open the bonus lock but no one could do it. Then a boy from the other team guessed something, and it was correct. Luckily the bonus didn’t Giuseppe a team any extra points. While we were opening the locks, Mr. Calvert was timing us to make sure wee did it in 20 minutes. I think we got around 15 minutes, so technically, we’re all winners!