Wednesday, January 9, 2013

What's Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.

Toys for Tots collected at Van Buren Elementary School!

The Van Buren Student Council sponsored the annual Toys for Tots collection in December. Students and staff members donated toys from December 10th-14, 2012. All donated items were delivered to the Janesville Salvation Army on December 14th. Student Council Advisor Leslie Bauer did a great job heading up this successful project.  Over 75 toys were donated!

Edison Students Build Amazing Machines!

Seventh-graders in Edison Project Lead the Way recently tested their Rube Goldberg contraptions. The activity is an engineer's dream according to the City of Janesville Engineering Department members who volunteered to work with the students.

The purpose of the project is to connect parts using six simple machines to create a contraption that works mechanically. Rube Goldberg contraptions take a relatively simple task and make it complicated.

Students worked in teams of 3-4 to complete these projects. They brought in materials from home combined with items supplied by their teachers to create their own "machines." They can contain levers, wheels, gears, handles and more.

Groups had to determine how to build sections of the chain of events based on other groups' contraptions leading up to and following their section.  As many as 9 machines were combined linking a minimum of 54 machine actions.

In the end, students connected their device to create one large machine. Each movement triggered another until; finally, a marble triggered a mouse at the end of its run.  The mouse triggered music on the computer broadcast throughout the classroom.  Over 120 students participated in this Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) integrated activity.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to the City Engineers for working with our students! What a great partnership.


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