The sixth grade field trip to the OMSI Coastal Discovery Center at Camp Gray in Newport, OR was a huge success. The class learned about marine mammals, coastal forests, water/wind/waves, cephalopods, shark ecology, marine birds and most importantly each other. Ms. Wenndorf and I experienced so many bonding moments between the sixth graders. From group skits at the campfire to kitchen party clean up, we all made memories on this trip we won’t soon forget. A tremendous thank you to our parent drivers/chaperones who made this trip possible – Heather Schock, Brian Vinkemulder, Rick with an H, Kendra Massari, Melanie Moss, Diane Dedrick, Eric Smith and Lee Haverland. We NEVER could have done this without you.
Design with Mr. Lenz & Mr. Seehausen
Our upper school students are lucky in that they get to come to the lab 3 days a week. We dove straight into teaching the upper school students the proper workflow in order to use our laser cutter. This involves learning Adobe Illustrator, a powerful and equally complex design program that is used to create projects the laser cutter can understand. Our 5th, 7th, and 8th grade students tackled Illustrator and learned the basics by designing personal bookmarks as well as class norms posters to hang in their classroom. Each student got to have their bookmark design “printed” on the laser cutter, and the top 4 class norms posters were voted on and “printed” as well. With this basic Illustrator skill-set, students have a great foundation for digitally designing their future projects and are ready to acquaint themselves with the other tools in the lab.
Our 5th and 6th grade classes also completed the egg drop challenge. Over two days the students came to the design lab and designed an enclosure that would protect an egg from a 10 ft fall. Having both done the challenge before, Mr. Lenz and Mr. Seehausen were impressed by the creative solutions that were prototyped in the lab.
Additionally, our 6th graders took part in a shoe project to learn about the design cycle. The students interviewed their partner and tried to understand what they were looking for in a shoe. Once the interview was complete, the students used the design lab and our mobile design carts to prototype a shoe for their partner. After one iteration, the students reconvened with their partner to see what they liked and disliked. With diligent notes on how to improve their design, the 6th graders returned to the lab and made final revisions based on their partner’s feedback.