Sunday, March 25, 2018

2X the Fun - Invention Convention PLUS Science Fair

This year, the Seabury Navigators got to choose between presenting an Invention Convention project or a Science Fair project.

Invention Convention participants:

We have been studying inventions and the kids are familiar 
with the invention process and invention vocabulary. 

This is the "Cool Tip," a silicone cover for a hot glue gun. 
Many students and parents could relate to the problem of hot glue gun burns 
and the need for this practical but profound solution.

She made a variety of prototypes, cutting apart 
and using her mom's cake and cookie decorating tips.

She says, "When I make this product to sell, I will make the prototype model clear 
so that you can see the glue coming out." 
#innovative   #greatpotential

It was difficult for this boy to pick an invention to feature.
He came up with so many problems and so many solutions!
He ended up choosing a flying car complete with solar panels.
#waveofthefuture  #jetsonsherewecome  #closerthanwethink

A journal is a requirement for the Invent Washington State Competition. This journal needs to include receipts of items purchased for the project.

The Safe Tire is a tire with an interchanging tire tread. 
His prototype shows how easy it is to adjust the tire using Velcro. 
#whowouldvethunk  #wellthoughtout  #presentdayleonardodavinci

The benefits?
  • It helps you drive safer.
  • It is very easy to change tires.
  • If someone made a new kind of tire surface, they could just make of surface for this invention.
  • You can re-use the surface you took off if you need it again. 

After listening to his presentation, one middle schooler said, "That kid is going to go places!"

This student is passionate about pollution in the oceans and came up with 
an Ocean Floor Cleaner. 
#suchaproblem  #suchasolution  #fullofpassion

Each time I walked past his project, he was telling his audience a different fact about ocean pollution and his solution to the problem. 

The Automatic Plant Waterer
This is just one part of the Automatic Everything Robot 
that this student dreams of building.
#solutionforeverything  #handydandy

Thank you, families, for coming in and supporting our budding inventors and scientists!

Science Fair participants:

The title on this science fair project drew a crowd - How to Shock Your Mommy!
#inquiringmindswanttoknow  #theanswermightshockyou  #likestotalkwithhishands

He answered the question, "How do we shock each other?"

This young scientist's passion is baking. 

She asked the question, "Why Do Cupcakes Rise?
#futurebritishbakingshowcontestant #scienceisyummy

Thank you, middle schoolers, for coming in and hearing our spiels. 
This project they were looking at (and blocking) was all about how carnations change color. 
#littlesisterof2middleschoolers  #buddingandbloomingbotanist

Ms. Wollum calls this her favorite event of the year.
Thanks for all you do, Ms. Wollum, including looking at each of our projects!
#giftedstudentshowcase #mswollumisawesome

Many of the students have plans to take their projects to the next level, 
the regional and state competitions. 
#goseabury  #changetheworld

Good luck, inventors and scientists!

Don't forget, these kids are only 6 and 7 years old (proof: someone lost a tooth today!)
Their projects show passion, compassion, curiosity, hard work, advanced knowledge, ingenuity, innovation, inventiveness, unique interests, and great potential!

#toothlessinfirstgrade   #fullofbrainsinfirstgrade

Friday, March 23, 2018

Seabury Gets SASSI

The entire lower school at Seabury collaborated 
and came up with an amazing 
Seabury on Stage Reader's Theater production called

Duh, duh, duuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

The Case of the SASSI Mystery
(Secret Association of Spy Schools.)

The task: to solve the mystery of the missing teachers!

The story was written by the kids.
This first grader (who is an amazing reader) was one of the narrators.

"Hello, ladies, gentlemen, children and pets of all shapes and sizes.  Good evening and welcome to this installment of the Seabury On Stage Reader's Theater." 

Everyone worked together to get to the microphones at the right time 
and to manage the scripts.
This first grader read his lines loud and clearly, 
"This place would fall apart if it weren't for Mr. Darby!" 

The play was full of word plays. 
The name Darby is a play on our faithful and fearless aide's name, Brad.
Brad backwards spells Darby. The kids added the y to make it sound better.

This first grader was cast as Mrs. BQ (Be Quiet), the Librarian.

It was truly amazing how quiet the kids were 
as they were all on the stage the entire time!

It's time for a commercial break:

♫ "Don't go away, just sit and stay, we'll be right back for you today!" ♫

One of the commercials:
♫ Pop, pop, fizz, fizz, 
Oh, what a relief it is! ♫

The sound effect creators performed a variety of sounds using a myriad of items. 

Heavy doors opening and clanging shut, skidding tires, portals taking off and landing, fake laughs, walking on gravel, crickets, chairs falling, keys rattling...

Each part was important:
Time to dream: ringing the chimes 

Duh, duh, duuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

The mystery has been solved! 

The key with the engraving "3-D" led to the...

Duh, duh, duuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...

Deep Dark Dungeon (get it? Three D's?)
(The Deep Dark Dungeon is a storage room
 that students aren't allowed in at our school. 
There are a lot of legends concerning this mysterious place.)

And in the DDD were all the missing teachers!!


Why, it was Mr. Elbert, of course!
Treble spelled backwards!
(Get it???)

[Sounds of laughter]

Sunday, March 11, 2018

We 💗 to Read❣

We celebrated reading, friends, and Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day. 
A fun, enriching time was had by all❣
(And of course we wore our pajamas❣)


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Vitruvian Navigators: Learning About Proportions, Leonardo Style

Question of the Week: What does "proportion" mean?
Starting with a question and discovering the answer through hands-on (and bodies-on!) activities, the Navigators came up with a good answer. 

This is what inquiry learning looks like!
The question is asked by the students 
and the students discover the answer/answers.

What do you notice when you measure your height and your arm span?
Let's check it out.

They are about the same!

What do you notice when you measure from your hair line to your chin and compare that measurement to your body height?

Our body height is about 5-6 head lengths.

We look at this chart of body proportions and continue to
ponder what the word proportion means.
(We also went on a rabbit trail talking about why our heads 
are so big in comparison to our bodies when we are a baby.)

Leonardo, about 500 years ago, also noticed the proportions of the human body.
He drew a picture and wrote about it (backwards, of course), 
in one of his many notebooks.

So, we tried it, too! 
Enjoy the following Vitruvian Navigators.
Lots of pics, lots of work, lots of fun.
And an answer to the question...

Darth Vader

Gingerbread Person

A panda


Now for the light bulb moment we've been waiting for:

According to one first grade Navigator, the answer to the question "What does proportion mean?" is this:
 Proportion is when you compare equal parts or portions to other parts or portions. It's kinda like a fraction. One/fifth of my body is my head. It takes 5 heads to make my body.

We did lots of hard work, worked well together, made some great discoveries about math, made wonderful works of art, and learned a new word. Plus we had fun in the process.

Hey, that reminds us of another great 
inventor/scientist/would've-been-an-epic-Seabury student, 
Thomas Edison! Here's what he had to say about his work:

First grade in a nut-shell 

Raven and the Box of Daylight at the Museum of Glass

What's inside that strange looking building in Tacoma? The Museum of Glass's hot shop and lots of cool glass art!! ...