7th grade daily notes - 2nd Atr Archives
Thurs 18 Jan
  • Actions
    • All students get a computer and complete the end of class **self**-evaluation.
    • Please check your grade for this class. Today is the last day to turn in late work.
    • If you want your pencil and/or composition book, please take them. If you leave them here in class, they will be donated
    • Please clean all items from the class storage cabinet
Tues 11 Jan
  • Actions
    • Check your grades? Last day to turn in late work is Thursday. Please follow late-work turn in procedures
    • Electronics Unit

Tues, 9 Jan and Wed, 10 Jan
  • Actions
    • Check your grades! Remember that you have until the last day of the term - January 18th to turn in late work for up to 80% of the point.
    • Prepare for presentations on your design. All presentations will be video recorded. Please study presentation requirements on the assignment page
    • Presentations will be start Thursday!

Thursday, Friday, Monday 4th, 5th, and 8th Jan
Snow Days!

Wednesday, 3,4, and 5 Jan
  • Actions
    • Check your grades! Remember that you have until the last day of the term - January 18th to turn in late work for up to 80% of the point.
    • Prepare for presentations on your design. All presentations will be video recorded. Please study presentation requirements on the assignment page
    • Presentations will be Friday!

Wed Dec 13, Thurs Dec 14, and Friday Dec 15

Monday Dec 11 and Tues Dec 12
car with label.jpg
  • Actions
    • Sit with your JSS team and get your car and a laptop.
      • Make small name 'plates' with your names, year, and period designator
      • Come up when called with car and name plate
    • While car pictures are taken, please Take JSS Self evaluation and check your grades for missing work. This is a QUIET assignment. There is to be NO talking!!
    • When all 'tests' have been completed and the laptops are turned in, discuss the best and worst part of your car. You will be video taped on this info. Figure out who's going to say what and practice.
    • If time allows, you will be taking apart your car and placing all parts in 3 different piles: trash, recyclable, Re-use. Use your name label you just created in this as well. When all lined up, have teacher take a picture. When this is done, recycle, trash, and put reusable parts back into parts box.
    • takeCarApart.jpg


















Friday
JSS Race Day!

Wednesday and Thursday - Dec 6th and 7th
  • Actions
    • Homework? I grade homework at 7:00am on the day that it's due. So....if you didn't complete it, here's an alternative assignment: "How to build a society without fossil fuels." Watch the movie and on your wikipage - at the top- put in a title and write 2 paragraphs: one that summarizes the movie (in your own words) and a second paragraph on your opinion of what the author said and how it might pertain to us as Americans.
      • Three grades due by Thursday:
        • Weight and balance
        • Line test
        • Data input
      • Friday - RACE! No makeup for this!!!!
    • Need more time to work? I am staying after school on Wednesday for an hour (3:30 to 4:30) for those who wish to work

Monday and Tuesday - Dec 4/5th
  • Actions
    • Complete solar panel holder structure by Tuesday - Grade will be on showing teacher weight and balance
    • Please review grading for this project - click here
    • Homework due Wednesday, Dec 6th: Watch the following movie: https://youtu.be/xKxrkht7CpY On your wikipage – create another section and title it,“How do solar panels work?” Below the title answer the following questions:
      • What is light?
      • What are the major physical barriers to using solar cells and modules?
      • What are the major social and political barriers to using solar energy?
      • What are most solar cells made from?
      • Does an electron have a positive or negative charge?
      • How long can solar cells last?
      • Each individual silicon cell puts out how many volts?
      • How efficient are the normal commercial solar cells?
      • How many people in the world don’t have access to a reliable electric grid?

Monday, Nov 27
  • Actions
    • Review of procedures to cutting out chassis
Monday, Nov 20
  • Actions
    • Procedures to cutting out chassis

Wednesday and Thursday, Nov 15/16
  • Actions
    • Get a laptop out and log in. This is a SILENT activity. There is to be NO talking. Come to this page and Take the Mindset Assessment to Learn More About Your Mindset When you're done, write down a short summary of the results in your composition book. When you're done with your writing, close the lid of your computer, but don't log off.
    • Review homework and reason for focusing on Cradle to Cradle
    • Review Tuesday's material strength activity
      • What was learned and how can we apply that knowledge
        • Work as a team and use every second. Class time is severely limited.
        • Create questions that drive your design solutions
        • Don't be afraid. Try often. There are NO mistakes.(Other than if you stop trying) Observe what you learn from attempts
        • Question if you have a FIXED or GROWTH mindset.
        • Have a plan / be aware of how you're using materials. Plan for little to no waste.
        • If you're stuck, look around. Steal ideas, but alter them to make them better.
        • Be OPEN to new ideas from others.
    • JSS Systems overview and design procedures
    • Start sketching ideas for the 'top view' of a potential chassis. Take into consideration weight, length, width, and materials. Each person should have 10 sketches each in composition book.
Monday and Tuesday, Nov 13th and 14th
  • Actions
    • Strength of materials activity
      • Task: in your group, use materials to 'stiffen' and 'strengthen' 1 sheet of paper so that it won't 'deflect' when weight is applied. What counts:
        • The structure that is the least amount of weight but holds the most amount of weight with the least amount of deflection
        • Contact points are 15 cm apart
        • No part of the 'structure' you build can use the 'floor surface' to reduce or inhibit deflection
    • Homework for Wednesday: Watch either (or both) of the movie below. On your wikipage, use the title of the movie you watched as the title of your new section. (Create space at the top, by putting the cursor to the left of the first word on the your page and then press the ENTER key twice to three times. Move the cursor back up to the top). Write two paragraphs - the first a summary, the second your opinion and what you think the movie has to do with you building a solar car in class

Friday, November 10th
  • Actions
    • Didn't get your keychain done? You'll have to come in 9th period. Ask to sign up
    • Today we'll introduce two things:
    • Homework: Bring in cardboard for Monday. Cereal boxes or 'thin' cardboard are the best.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Nov 7th, 8th, and 9th
  • Actions
    • Google Sketchup. (7 Google Sketchup 3D) Start wherever you left off.
      • Due date: Thursday, Keychain is due for full credit
    • At the end of the period, make sure you put your laptop in the right slot and that it's plugged in correctly
    • If you get done early, you may start designing a 'part' for your solar car. See 7Google Sketchup-3D page, Assignment #2
Monday, Nov 6th
  • Homework: See Friday's notes
  • Take the Grit survey Tell the teacher what you got
  • Intro to Google Sketchup
    • Unit introduction - See Google Sketchup page to the right

Friday, Nov 3
  • Complete intro to isometric sketching
    • Using your assigned laptops, watch the instructions to Isometric Sketching for blocks 1 and 2. Sketch blocks 1 and 2 isometrically into your composition books. Movies for the isometric sketching are on the 7 Sketching page in the Nav Bar to the right
      • How to work with wiki: Watch movie on front of period page. Log into your own wikipage (from your period page) and type an inspirational "quote"
    • Homework: watch TED Talk - "Grit: The power of passion and perseverance". On your wiki, put a title, give a short summary of the talk, followed by your opinion. Then, conclude with if you think you have GRIT and why you think you do or don't. Do you want GRIT? How will it help you in life?

Thursday, Nov 2
  • Actions
    • Complete Orthographic Sketch of solar car
      • Discuss parts and systems
    • Intro to isometric sketching
      • sketch iso of blocks 1, 2, and 3 in composition book

Wednesday, Nov 1
  • Actions
    • Collect permission slips, put tape on pencil and comp books (will grade from com books) Make sure names are on comp books and pencils
    • Complete orthographic sketching of blocks 1, 2, and 4
    • As a team, sketch your assigned solar car - top, front, and right sides
    • Discussion: What does a 'good' team look like?

Tuesday, Oct 31st
  • Actions
    • Collect permission slips, put tape on pencil and comp books (will grade from com books) Make sure names are on comp books and pencils
    • Get done with class survey from Monday?
    • Intro to sketching
      • Orthographic sketching
        • sketch top-front-right side of blocks 1 and 2 in your composition books
          • What do you use as the front view and why?
          • Where can you get help / answers?

Monday, Oct 30
  • Actions
    • Welcome! Please take a popsicle stick and print your name on both sides. Put your books in the shelves at the front of the class and have a seat
    • Introductions, procedures, rules, etc
    • Get computer assignments and take class survey; bookmark Mr. T's page and your class period's page
    • Homework: Get Permission slip signed and brought back (or emailed), bring in composition book, pencil and ear buds