This summer I will be running two, week-long robotics summer camps for students ages 9-14 at a local Edmonton school. In these exciting and innovative camps young LEGO aficionados will be working in small teams using their creativity and problem solving skills to design, build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to solve a specific challenge. At the end of the week the robots will compete in a tournament followed by a grand celebration of our accomplishments.
This camp will be a sort of miniature and accelerated version of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program providing the participants with a solid foundation in LEGO robotics and programming, paving the way for greater things to come (e.g. participation in the various FIRST program).
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.