Tuesday, May 19, 2009

May 18-22--Build a better building (out of spaghetti?)

This week we have started the construction of our earthquake resistant spaghetti buildings. On the 18th and 19th we formed our companies and began to research and design.

Please check the website for the details of the spaghetti webquest. There is also some extra credit available--due by friday the 22nd.

To get some practice in building structures, play the game "Cargo Bridge" at http://onemorelevel.com/game/cargo_bridge

Be sure to check out the advantages of triangles over squares and rectangles.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May 5/6 Starting our projects

Today starts several days of research and project writing. We will be in the media center/computer lab and working on our poster and digital story. Both will be due on Wednesday May 13th for B classes, Thursday May 14th for A classes.

Don't forget your thumbdrives--we'll need them for the next two weeks.

Monday, May 4, 2009

May 4 Welcome back from Ask Testing

We are back into the game after the previous week of testing. We are starting our earthquake project--please check out the earthquake project webpage on my class website.

Today in class we used the earthquake shaker table to explore how buildings fail during earthquakes--remember, for extra credit you can build a model of a building with earthquake resistant technology, then test it on our shaker table. Please be prepared to explain how the technology works!