Communication ECA Phase II Class 6: The Tower Crane

The Crane was a fun project for the kids to play and experiment with. It was their most challenging task this term and although some of them finished early, some of the kids took a bit of time to finish. Overall, they enjoyed the process and reviewed concepts such as weight and force, while engineering a structure that could pull up a heavy object. Next week we will be learning how to design lego structures with the LDD software. Please remember to bring a laptop with the software installed to class, so the kids can finish the assignments in class.

Communication AmbroseU Phase I: dragster 20171017

The Dragster was an interesting project for the kids to play with. It combines two different components that together make the small car move forward. So it is a great practice on acceleration, potential and kinetic energy, and scientific measurement. Not only did all of the kids finish early, they also got the chance to play with each other and see whose car goes faster. Next week we will be working on another interesting project, called The Fishing Rob.

Communication ECA Phase I Class 6: The Dragster 6:00 pm

The Dragster was an interesting project for the kids to play with. It combines two different components that together make the small car move forward. So it is a great practice on acceleration, potential and kinetic energy, and scientific measurement. Not only did all of the kids finish early, they also got the chance to play with each other and see whose car goes faster. Next week we will be working on another interesting project, called The Fishing Rod.

Communication ECA Phase I Class 6: The Dragster 20171018

The students first built a Lego Dragster, which is the second course to understand the rotational moment of inertia. They conducted the experiments to observe the travel distances under the different dragster rear wheels. During the experiment, the students need to use the wheels with different weights, thus the rotational energy to get up to the same approximate initial speed are different. Due to the gearbox of the dragster is geared up to the launcher, the heavier the wheeler is, the more amount of energy can be received to transfer to moving or kinetic energy later. The STEM information behind this section is the rotational moment of inertia and the gearbox system. All the students finished the model building part and did the experiment with different level. They all enjoyed this section.

Communication AmbroseU Phase I The FlyWheels 20171010

The kids worked on the Skywheels, a car that works based on the concept of inertia. After giving the car a little energy, it will carry itself forward depending on its weight. So the kids learned new scientific concepts in class through direct experimentation. After finishing the project, they enjoyed their time playing with the car they made, and trying new things with different lego pieces. In the next class they will work on another interesting project, called the Dragster.

Communication ECA Phase I: The FlyWheeler 20171011

The kids worked on the Skywheels, a car that works based on the concept of inertia. After giving the car a little energy, it will carry itself forward depending on its weight. So the kids learned new scientific concepts in class through direct experimentation. After finishing the project, they enjoyed their time playing with the car they made, and trying new things with different lego pieces. In the next class they will work on another interesting project, called the Dragster.

Communication ECA Phase II Class 2: Principal Models 20171011

The kids continued their work on the principal models from last week. Each of the models in their assignment thought them a new scientific concept which they learned through experimentation. Some of the kids used their creativity and tried new ways to build their projects, which was very fun for them. Next week we will move on to new models, either Power Machine or The Walker, which will be both exciting and educational for them.

Flywheel Car 20171013 PBP Center

Today we built cars powered by flywheels and learned about inertia and the first law of motion; that objects in motion tend to stay in motion and objects that are still tend to stay still. The kids loved being able to see their cars move and overall had fun with them. A few build issues were encountered regarding the gearbox though some of these were due to the fault of the model. During the lecture segment Eva was able to readily point out the relationship between the mass of the flywheel and the amount of energy that it carried and demonstrated good reasoning skills.

I ask that parents get the children the do their homework and to help them clean up a bit less violently.

Communication ECA Phase I Class 5: The SkyWheels 20171011 Amir

All of the kids enjoyed playing with their legos and they all finished their projects in time, which was great. The Skywheels is a car that allows the kids to learn about the concept of inertia. Although the concept was not easy for some of the kids to grasp, they got a thorough introduction to it and some understood it really well. As fun and engaging as the class is, we once again ask the kids to respect the class time and place their pieces back in the box when the class is over.  This way we can focus on making the classes more enjoyable and educational for them. Next week we will be working on the Dragster which is another project that focuses on basic physics concepts.

Communication ECA Phase I Class 5: Fly Wheeler 20171011

The students first built a Lego Fly Wheeler, which can be used to get impression of the rotational moment of inertia. They conducted the experiments to observe the travel distances under the different fly wheeler weights. During the experiment, the students need to use the wheeler with different weights, thus the arm energy to get up to the same approximate initial speed are different. Due to the gearbox system connecting with the fly wheeler, the heavier the wheeler is, the more amount of energy is stores to transfer to moving or kinetic energy. The STEM information behind this section is the rotational moment of inertia and the gearbox system. All the students finished the model building part and did the experiment with different level. They enjoyed this section.