Over the last few weeks students have been working on simple and compound machines. The project for this unit was to create a compound machine that accomplished a task of their choosing. Some common compound machines are a bicycle, a can opener and a wheel barrow. Students created an engineering notebook where they had to record three different design ideas and sketch a model. Once they had their ideas they could begin to build, test and modify their compound machine. Here are some pictures of the final projects.
Hello Lumen Parents,
Your son/daughter has been given a unique opportunity to participate in the Friday evening, December 2, Fezziwig’s Festival portion of the Dickens of a Christmas weekend. It is a great way for us to be active members of our community. Lumen will be offering ornament making, storytelling, caroling and serving hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies from 5:30-8:30 pm. As we prepare for the evening, we are in need of a few things to make the event a success.
- A couple of large coffee pots that we can keep water hot or apple cider.
- Students and families to bake cookies.
- Other items needed if you would like to donate are: jugs of apple cider, hot chocolate and marshmallows.
If you can help in any way please email Sherry Leverance at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all of your support.
Quarter 2 seminars are under way.
Who is Jim Crow?
Students have begun reading To Kill a Mocking Bird. They are exploring how the main characters experienced growing up in the South through the lens of culture, class, and awareness of race. Comparisons and contrasts between the 1930’s and today will also show how different things can be or should be.
Students are reading non-fiction articles exploring the rise in ISIS and how it has gained such a foothold in the Middle East. They are also looking at what conditions lend themselves to radicalizing individuals as well as how they can become radicalized. In addition, the students will come up with a solution to this growing crisis both domestically and abroad.
Where shall we put the toxic waste dump?
Students are exploring how politics, economics, race, and class affect environmental decision-making about everything from dumps to incinerators to high capacity wells. In addition, the students are exploring national and international environmental case studies, and then choosing local/regional controversies as individual, group and class projects.