The Nebraska Robotics Expo will be held at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Westside would like to take 3 TEAMS to this amazing event!
Mr. Harold Sanchez, a Loveland parent, will be holding workshops on Saturdays in January to prepare for the event. All 4rd-6th grade students at Westside Elementary Schools are invited to attend. Even if a child decides he/she does not want to participate in the Expo, they are still welcome to attend the Saturday workshops.
Descriptions of the Robotics Expo events can be found by clicking the links below.
Please fill out the form to reserve your spot for the Saturday workshops. They will be offered on January 5, 12, and 26 (all Saturdays) in the Swanson Public Library (9101 W Dodge Rd, Omaha, NE 68114) basement.
There is only space for 20 participants at each workshop. Students will be working on teams. If a child wants to be part of the teams participating in the Robotics Expo, he/she should be prepare to attend all three workshops.
- 3:00-3:30 pm: General information about the event, and set up.
- 3:30-5:30 pm: Practice
- 5:30-5:45 pm: Clean up and closing
During each workshop, we will be practicing the activities. If possible please bring a roll (or 2) of painters tape to assist in setting up the games/activities. If your child plans to participate in the autonomous course (programming), it would be ideal for you to have a laptop computer (PC or Mac) with a USB port and the CEENBoT Commander software downloaded. The CEENBoT Commander software can be found here: https://www.ceenbotinc.com/updates
A student recently asked me if I knew the NATO alphabet. I hadn’t heard of it so I told him to send me an email about it and voila…We have our #66 Math Minute Post!
Here are a few ideas on how you can spend your Math Minutes…
CM (Charlie Mike): Means continue mission. Keep moving forward.
Thanks Alex from Swanson for this great Math Minute post idea! I love learning new things!
Everyone seems to have one and my 7th grader is sure he’s the only middle schooler without one! What is it? A smartphone!
How can you spend your Math Minutes this week?
- Print off a copy of this worksheet and then click here to watch a video about what smartphones are made of. Fill in the worksheet as you watch the video. Turn your completed worksheet in to your EY Coordinator.
- Read some of the statistics about smartphones on this site. Post a comment or question about a statistic that you found interesting. When posting a comment, include your first name only, grade, and school (i.e. Toby, 2, Sunset).
- Read about the rare earth elements on the sites linked below. Create a Pic Collage, a Keynote presentation, or choose another app to display the information you learned.
- Create a trading card of one of the rare earth elements.
image taken from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Smartphone_icon.svg
Can you KenKen®?
Watch this tutorial and/or this tutorial to see how to play. If you’d rather read the instructions, look below. When you’re finished, print out the puzzles and try to KenKen®! Turn in your completed puzzles to your teacher or EY Coordinator.
- The goal of KenKen® is to fill the whole grid with numbers, making sure no number is repeated in any row or column.
- If it’s a 3×3 puzzle, you only use the numbers 1-3. If it’s a 4×4 puzzle, you only use the numbers 1-4.
- The “cages” are outlined in dark black. The top left corner of each cage has a “target number” and a math operation (+ – x /). The numbers you put in the cage have to make the target number.
- Sometimes a cage is one square in which case, it’s a freebie.
Click here for a 4×4 Puzzle
Click here for a 6×6 Puzzle
There are so many cool facts about sharks to learn. There are a also so many rules for sharks to follow at school.
What!? Sharks at school?
Get out your notebook and dive into this mini shark lesson.
1. Please read this Wonderopolis article about sharks and take notes.
Please record at least 4 ideas and/or drawings from the article in your notebook.
2. Listen to the book Clark the Shark
Write down all of the rhymes that Clark creates in your notebook.
You should have at least 4 of Clark’s rhymes written in your notebook when you are done.
Create 3, 4 or 5 of your OWN rhymes that would teach Clark how to behave at school and follow school rules. Write or type your rhymes and share them with your teacher.
Aibohphobia: the fear of palindromes
What’s there to be afraid of? Palindromes are so cool! Whether the phobia is real or made up, palindromes are definitely real and this week we’re going to have some fun with them!
According to palindromlelist.net, a palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequence of symbols or elements, whose meaning may be interpreted the same way in either forward or reverse direction (i.e. mom, wow, racecar, 10501, etc.).
Did you know that any number can be written as the sum of 3 palindromes? It’s true! Check out this Numberphile video. Then, visit Christian Lawson-Perfect’s website to try it out yourself. A computer works best for this step. Leave a comment with the number you tried and the 3 palindromes that add up to your number.
Spiders are master builders, and the webs built by these tiny creatures can be used as a source of inspiration for scientists.
Start by reading this article at the Nonfiction minute. Record 5 details as you read. Article Link
Now learn more about the strength of the spider silk by reading this article from Ask an Entomologist. Record 5 details as you read. Article link
This webpage discusses how a business,Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, is setting its goals on genetically engineering a super strong fiber.Record 5 interesting details as you read. Webpage Link
Create an illustration, poster or infographic showing what you have learned. Include one or two products on your visual that would be made better with the technology you read about.
Who’s up for a contest?
Each week during the 2018-19 school year, a math contest will be posted on the EY Blog. There are several ways to access the contests. 1. Your teacher should have a poster in his/her room with a QR code you can scan. 2. You can go to the EY Blog main page and select Math -> 2018-19 Math Contests. 3. Click here!
- Each contest will be a Google Form that you can take on your school iPad. Although we have no way of checking, we would like for you to take no more than 20 minutes on each contest.
- Theses contests were designed for students in grades 5-6, but any student is welcome to participate.
- If there is more than one submission for any particular student, the score for that contest will not be counted.
- You MAY use a calculator, but please work by yourself!
- We will keep a running total of your contest points and award prizes periodically.
Good luck and have fun!
How Much is a Million? by David M Schwartz is one of many picture books I have on my bookshelf. It’s a great book to help students visualize what a million, billion, and trillion look like. A Million Dots by Andrew Clements is another one of my favorites. In the book, you will actually see ONE MILLION dots! Don’t believe me? You can count them yourself! Check to see if you have it in your school library!
I really thought I knew everything there was to know about a million, billion and trillion until I came across this Numberphile video. If you’re up for a challenge and making your brain stretch a little, then this Math Minute is for YOU!
- Print a copy (or have your teacher print you a copy) of this worksheet.
- Follow the directions on the worksheet. When you’re finished, turn in your completed worksheet to the EY Coordinator at your building.
- Post a comment below about something new/interesting you learned from the video.