is Youth Art Month, a national celebration promoting the value of art, the
creative process and quality art education. For this occasion, the Abington
Public Schools Art Department is currently exhibiting artwork from students in
grades one through twelve throughout the Abington Public Library. The
show offers the viewer a broad range of art work in many different media and
expressions. The exhibition of over two hundred works will continue
through March 31st. The art teachers
will host a “Viewing Afternoon” for the students, their families and the
community on Thursday, March 16 from 4:00 – 5:30
MARCH IS NATIONAL
Come view the
creative efforts of students from the Abington Public Schools
I wanted to share some photographs to highlight all of the great things happening in room 104 during the past two months. I am consistently impressed by the variety of creativity displayed by the students. Below are examples from: Grade 7 - Invention/Product of Technology Project Grade 8 - Egg Car Project Grade 8 - The Pringle Package Challenge Grade 8 - Finished examples of The Newspaper Silhouette Project Grade 8 - Students working on the Cubist Collage Project
I am fortunate to work with so many creative and talent students every year. This year is no different and I would like to congratulate Lidia V. and Cecilia L. and celebrate their talents. Both students were awarded Gold Keys at this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The winning entries, both self portrait drawings, are displayed below. Awesome work, I am proud of you.
Below are the instructions for the Egg Carr Project in case you have lost the one I provided in class.
CTD Class – Transportation Technology: Engineering Safer Automobiles
“The Egg Car” Project
is due on __________
can all agree that automobiles have forever changed our lives.However, with all of the many benefits and
conveniences there are some negative impacts.First on the list would be safety for the occupants during crashes.Since cars can travel at great speeds the
need to design and build safe vehicles is a crucial task for engineers.Today’s automobiles are safer than ever due
to improvement to seat belts, air bags and state of the art chassis.
For this homework assignment you will explore automobile
safety engineering by designing and building a vehicle capable of keeping your
passenger (one raw egg) safe during a crash.Put on your thinking caps and start designing.
and build a vehicle capable of transporting and protecting one raw egg during
three impacts with a concrete barrier.
Constraints for building the vehicle:
You may use any material to build your vehicle
except foam, Styrofoam and/or bubble
wrap.Milk cartons, juice bottles
and small boxes make great car chassis.I will provide wheels and axles.
You will receive extra points for vehicles built
out of materials that would get thrown away or can be recycled.
The vehicle must roll freely down the ramp.No braking devices.
The vehicle should not exceed 22 inches in
length and 12 inches in width.
You may add a bumper, but no foam bumpers please.Creating
a unique bumper can earn you points.
You may use tape, glue, nails, hot glue guns,
screws or any other fastening device to assemble the vehicle.
I will supply the egg on test day.Try and see if you can make part of the egg
visible from the outside of the car.
Specifications and constraints
for protecting the egg.
These are the only
materials you are allowed to use that can touch or protect the egg.The
challenge is to use only these materials to protect the egg.Combining the materials is allowed.
Rubber Bands (any size)
Paper (however, no tissue paper or paper
towels) and/or cardboard
A rubric will be used to assess the five areas below:
Creative problem solving (Is your vehicle
creative and unique?)
to 40 points
Construction (Is everything put together well?Does it roll down the ramp)
Up to 25 points
Egg Safety (Did your egg survive all three test
to 15 points
Completed self-assessment sheet turned in on
Up to 10 points
Use of throw away or recyclable material throughout
Happy Fall everyone. Although we only started school a few weeks ago we got right to work in CTD class. Since students are in class for only 30 classes a year, time is a precious commodity. Grade 7 started the year learning about the development of technology and the positive and negative impacts of technology on our daily lives. We watched an interesting TED Talk from Hugh Herr. He is a scientist at MIT working in Bionics. I've included a link below if you are interested in watching the video. It is a worthwhile investment of your time.
Next for Grade 7 was the Structure Unit. After learning about loads, forces and the different types of structures we began our problem solving challenges. First up was "The Squeeze Is On". Students had to build a structure capable of supporting a heavy load, however they could only use paper, straws and tape. The next challenge was "Building Up". Students had to design and create a tall structure using only one sheet of 12"X 12" paper and six inches of tape. I've included some photographs below of the results. Currently the students are finishing up The Balsa Wood Towers. I will post later about the results. Grade 8 started the year learning about Communication Technology Systems and how the different parts work to help humans send and receive messages. Our first problem solving project was "The Pringle Challenge". Using the steps of The Engineering Design Process students had to design and construct a package that would protect a single Pringle potato chip from harm during impact testing. Currently the students are working on constructing Balsa Wood Bridges in class and should be working on their "Egg Cars" at home (Due Monday). I've posted a few pictures of the "Pringle Challenge" and some bridges being constructed below. I will post photographs of the Egg Cars soon.
(The Scream, by Edvard Munch - 1893) but no need to SCREAM because it will be the start of a great new school year. I hope everyone had a great summer and you were able to do some fun things with your friends and family. For me it's been a wonderful summer of travel, creating some artwork and lots of construction work around the house, but I am looking forward to meeting new students, seeing my teacher friends and starting the new school year. However, it will be hard to be give up the flip-flops, shorts and t-shirts. If you are wondering what supplies are needed for Art and CTD class, please see the list below: Art Class - pencils and one pocket folder. CTD Class - pencil or pen to write with. As you can see, not a lot of supplies need to be purchased as I will provide most of the supplies. Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you on Tuesday the 30th.
Below are a few photographs of the work created by Frolio students currently hanging at the Abington Public Library. We are grateful to the library staff for their help and support with the annual Youth Art Month Exhibit.
Additionally, we were invited to exhibit student work at the Southfield Winter Farmers Market in Weymouth. Below are a few images of the work created by middle and high school students displayed at the event.