As January is coming to an end the 2013 Jr.FLL season is wrapping up. This season I was fortunate to have the opportunity to coach two Jr.FLL teams; the community-based Allendale LEGO Kids and the school-based team Progressive Academy LEGO Ninjagos. While the two teams were quite different, with the Allendale LEGO Kids spending the last 10 weeks working on the challenge and having team members ranging in age between 7-10 and the Progressive Academy LEGO Ninjagos crunching through the challenge in about a week and with all the team members being 6 years young, they both had in common that their goal was to present their research and projects at the annual Jr.FLL/FLL Championship at NAIT.
In is interesting to note that these two teams were the only Jr.FLL teams to participate in this year's championship and as far as I know were the only Jr.FLL teams in Edmonton participating in the 2013 challenge. One can only hope that FIRST Alberta will increase the promotion of the Jr.FLL program in the future to improve its visibility and increase the number of community and school-based teams participating in the program.
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s challenge. I give you the visual story of the journeys of the Allendale LEGO Kids and the Progressive Academy LEGO Ninjagos Jr.FLL teams as they tackle the Disaster Blaster challenge, culminating in their participation, meeting and sharing of their experiences at the Jr.FLL/FLL Championships at NAIT on January 18, 2014.
Science classrooms are unique learning environments unlike any other classrooms. As a matter of fact, some things only happen in science classrooms. Here is a collection of event that happened in my own science classroom over the last school year. It's a growing list, so check back for updates.
Report from yours truly live-tweeting and navigating the melee at GETCA 2015 (Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers' Conference).
Can a pencil be more than just your average run of the mill pencil? The legendary Palomino Blackwing Pearl can take a student or teacher's writing to new heights. We have taken a batch of the Pearls for a spin and are blown away by how much writing and sketching can be transformed by this unassuming pencil.
Dr. Pineda's Classroom is going YouTube with the release of its first screencast on the exciting topic of calculating percents. Only time will tell if this is the start of something big and shiny or just a passing fad.
After several weeks working on setting up habitats for new classroom animals the big day finally arrived. The newest addition to our classroom include aquatic denizens in our new aquarium and a teenage bearded dragon with lots of attitude and no table manners.