Monday, October 12th – No school (3-day weekend)
Today in science: —
Tuesday, October 13th
Today in science: After getting assurance from each of the students present in class today that they had completed Brainstorming slides 1, 2, & 3 in their Engineering Journals (which Dr. M announced he would check tonight), Dr. M briefly discussed how to begin completing the Research slides. During that process, however, both E & F period students were asked to making an important notes entry into the back of the Lab Notebooks. The contents of this entry can be viewed in the Notes Portal.
At the end of the class period, Dr. M announced that students can also begin bringing their mouth models (or just the parts!) to class because this week we will spend much of our class time building, testing, and improving our models.
Homework: There is no science homework tonight, but some students have expressed a desire to continue working on their human mouth models at home which, of course, every student is free to do!
Wednesday, October 14th
Today in science: Although some students brought mouth-model building materials to class today, most students (or teams) were encouraged to complete the Research slides in their Engineering Journal BEFORE assembling their first prototypes. Nevertheless, some teams were so excited to begin building their first prototypes that they put their Engineering Journal work on hold for today. The excitement is real!!! 🙂
Homework: TASIS science teachers are not allowed to assign homework on Wednesdays, but some students have said they would like to continue working on their mouth model project, which of course they are welcome to do.
Thursday, October 15th
Today in science: At the start of the class period, Dr. M again emphasized that students should not begin building their mouth models until AFTER they have completed all of the Brainstorming and Research slides within their Engineering Journal (this is an important part of an engineer’s design process and some students were asked to put their building materials aside in class and return to their journal). Dr. M also gave students a small graphical presentation to provide students with the language scientists use when describing the different kinds (types, forms, etc.) of energy. Students are expected to use this short presentation to improve their Research slide about “Energy.” The rest of the lesson was designated a workshop day in which students tried to make forward progress on all aspects of their mouth model project. Dr. Merritt worked individually with as many students as he possible could throughout the lesson.
Homework: All students are encouraged to work for 20 minutes on their mouth model project regardless of which stage of the project they are at.
Friday, October 16th
Today in science: Students were given a workshop day in which they were asked to make forward progress on all aspects of their Human Mouth Model project. Dr. Merritt worked individually with as many students (or teams) as he possible could throughout the lesson.
Homework: All students are encouraged to put some concentrated effort into the different parts of their Human Mouth Model project before Monday’s science class. Regardless of which stage of the project they are at, this time should involve work BOTH on the Engineering Journal slides AND the actual model design, part selection, and/or model construction. Students were told in Friday’s lesson that the goal is for students to test their FINAL mouth model in class sometime during the next school week (Oct 19-23).