Woodland students began their week by working with Farmer Jim and learning about how to care for chickens…including collecting eggs! They made apple sauce and of course found creative ways to eat the warm sauce. One group of hikers hiked the Sugar Loaf Trails and experienced stellar autumnal views and interesting rock formations, while another group hiked around the trails at Woodland and experienced waist high grasses followed by a snack of hot tea and popcorn. Teamwork was prevalent during Choice time as fort building continued with hammer and nails, building a wooden floor, and the addition of a vinyl tarp to serve as a roof. The excitement over biking continued during Recess and Choice as this week, students added the element of ramps and jumps into their play. Games were played during Numeracy and poems and stories were written duriing Literacy.
During Journey, the younger groups explored creating code through group games and challenges. Students then worked in small groups to put together their own 'Milo' robot. After assembling Milo, students learned how to use the WeDo programming blocks to create code for their robot. They were elated to watch Milo respond in anticipated and unanticipated ways in response to their block code programs. The students then received a challenge to design and build their own Woodland Lego robotics playground. The designers took a field trip to a local playground to study structures and gather ideas, they made designs on paper and then created their designs with Lego bricks. Their final challenge was to choose one part of their structure that they wanted to move, build that part, and then, using the WeDo tech, create a program to animate their structure.
The older group incorporated their knowledge of WeDo into a project on animals. Each student chose and researched an animal, the choices ranged from grasshoppers to bison. The students explored the local library, website and World Wildlife Foundation videos to learn more about their animals. After gathering info, the group moved on to Legos. They built their animal, created a habitat and chose a realistic task for their Lego animal. The challenges chosen included grasshoppers eating toxic plants and snow leopards leading their babies into the den. The project culminated with programming of the Lego animal to carry out their task as well as a poster representing their research. The Robotics Journey culminated with a community event showcasing student work.