Knex’ting to the World

Knex’ting to the World —-Zoe Carpenter My 8th grade students learned about Newton’s Laws at the beginning of the year. To help them review for the California Science Test (CAST) I used the Knex Forces, Motion, and Energy Educator’s kit. The students were excited to be the first to use these kits as well as…

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Inspiring School Murals

Summary: Rincon Middle School, “Inspiring School Murals,” 2018 Here is a summary of the 2018 “Inspiring School Murals” grant at Rincon Middle School: 1) What we did well: Planning for the RMS grant called “Inspiring School Murals” began in August with the Graphic Design Club. The project expanded when they decided to collaborate with our…
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1718 Feeney Grant Evaluation

2017-18 Innovation Grant Evaluation Cindy Feeney Rincon Middle School   Sensory Seating in the Science Classroom   Summary   Initially, I purchased eight each of three different sensory seating devices (inflatable wobble cushions, memory foam wedge cushions and foot bands) which provide limited movement while seated, and are designed to promote increased attention, improved posture…
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Mrs. Carpenter’s Class Continued

Two more groups were building cars which would be set loose down a ramp.  Their forward progress would be measured.  Different size wheels would then be attached and the experiment repeated and recorded.  Then weight would be added to the vehicle and the experiment repeated.  Wish I could have stayed for the whole experience to…

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Rube Goldberg is Alive & Well

Mrs. Carpenter's 7th grade students were studying cause and effect by being given a huge container full of "stuff".  Their assignment was to cause at least 3 different things to happen in order for a certain effect to occur.  2 different groups worked on this project in 2 different ways.  I didn't get to stay…
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MakerSpace Thank You Letter

Escondido Education Foundation: I want to thank you again for funding my “STREAM learning through makerspace” project.  The students have been very excited about coming and creating. My guess is that I have had about 250 different students taking advantage of the makerspace. I had no idea it would be so popular. We are open every…
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FAB LAB at North Broadway

The EEF recently visited the FAB LAB at North Broadway.  Teacher, Marcie Kurka, runs her FAB LAB every Friday.  Using Rube Goldberg's ideas, there is a cart with all sorts of items.....string, rubber bands, popsicle sticks, etc.  Students are given tasks and work in small groups to accomplish the task.  The day we visited, students…
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Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Escondido Education Foundation hosted a tour of Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences on Thursday.  We were greeted by representatives of the 4 “houses” (Think Harry Potter and Hogwartz).  These student representatives explained the competitions between Fire, Ice, Sky, and Water.  At this point in time, Fire is ahead but Metal is hot…

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