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APS AZ Science Center back to school fair 2012 October 29, 2012

Posted by Nancy Foote in Engineering challenge, math, math challenge, science, Uncategorized.
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Here are the presentations from the APS AZ Science Center back to school fair

Maximizing Quality Instructional Time:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bzl-gjHbBZMyQXh1c2swSk11Mzg

Podcasting:
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bzl-gjHbBZMyVWFCSzdXaW5uUmM

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One man’s trash …. engineering challenge February 5, 2010

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Engineering challenge.
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Pick up 5 pieces of trash from anywhere.  You can even dig in the garbage can!  When you’re done, come back here and read the rest of your task.

You can use scissors, tape and some sting — and the trash you just collected.  Make a fish that will float.

Centennial students – take a picture of your fish and email it to me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com for bonus points.

100 coin challenge January 29, 2010

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Engineering challenge.
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Put 100 coins on the table.    Make the widest structure that you can that stands at least 1 inch tall with the coins.  Every coin must touch another coin and try to have the fewest coins touching the table.   Measure the width and send your results to me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com.

When you’re done, check out this.

Wednesday Engineering Challenge January 14, 2010

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Engineering challenge.
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This week’s engineering challenge is to make a puppet using the following materials. You must use all of them and your puppet must have at least 3 moving parts:

24 inches of string
4 straws
2 objects of your choice
4 paperclips
4 index cards

Markers may be used in construction. Scissors may not.

Email pictures of your creation to nancyfootehigley@gmail.com.

Wednesday Engineering Challenge – Arches! January 6, 2010

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Engineering challenge.
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You can use the following:

a bag of large marshmallows

a box of toothpicks

2 pair of tongs
Build the tallest marshmallow arch you can using the materials above.  You may not touch the marshmallows with  anything but the tongs.

Centennial students:  take a picture of your creation and email it to me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com.  I’ll post the best on the website and give you bonus points.

Have fun!

Wednesday Engineering Challenge 12/09/2009 December 9, 2009

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This week’s challenge is a little harder and it requires a few more materials but it is lots of fun!

Put the following items on the table:

3 drinking straws

6 toothpicks

3 large bandaids

3 round plastic lids (size doesn’t really matter — I used the tops to bottled water)

18 lifesavers (or cherrios or fruit loops)

small apple

Your task is to raise the apple off the ground as high as possible for as long as possible. You may use scissors during “construction” but may not use them to elevate the apple. Remember, the focus is the thinking part so if you don’t have the exact materials, don’t worry about it, just go with what you have. It is supposed to be fun and require no planning!

For bonus points, Centennial students please email a picture of your creation to me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by 8 PM on Sunday 12/13/2009.

Wednesday Engineering Challenge December 3, 2009

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Gather up your pennies (you may need more than 100). Put one piece of aluminum foil measuring 12 x 18 inches on the table in front of you.   Add two straws.

Make a boat from the supplied materials (note: you cannot use anything besides yourselves and the materials provided — you cannot use scissors). Then, fill your sink with water. Put pennies in the boat until it sinks or flips. Count how many pennies the boat can hold. Send me the pictures and the results and you’ll receive bonus points.

Centennial students, send your pictures and results to nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by Saturday December 12, 2009 at 8 PM, (thanks Alexia!).

Wednesday Engineering Challenge November 25, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Engineering challenge, math challenge.
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For Week Two, the challenge is: put a handful of paperclips on a table and make something with them.   You can bend them, twist them or leave them alone.

Don’t forget to take a picture and email it to me no later than Sunday, 11/29.