Welcome Back: Tiny House Project

July always seems to last forever, and August, well, it’s a snowball out of control! I am savouring these last weeks of summer holiday bliss knowing that soon we’ll all be back in the busyness of another school year.

Late last spring, I arrived at work one morning to find our remaining goldfish, Zulu, had finally succumbed to old age. After a fitting tribute, the tank was drained and cleaned and I decided to wait till the new school year to set up a new fish community. So, now I had a small fish tank sitting a silent watch in our Learning Commons. What to do?

As luck and good timing would have it, one of our grade 4/5 gifted classes had just completed designing tiny houses for a math unit. How perfect! Maybe a design could actually come to life inside the empty fish tank! Their teacher, Ms Millar, was on board with the idea and selected a great group of students to spend time each day designing and building. And they jumped right in – designing, creating, building, problem solving, recreating, revisioning, problem solving, creating, rebuilding… you get the point! Lots of fantastic work, and some laughs along the way, and “tada!” our very own Tiny House!

The Project will be on display through September. Start off your year with a visit to the Learning Commons and, while you’re here, make sure you spend some time looking through the glass walls of our Tiny House!

 

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Build a Hex Bug Maze!

Hex bugs are a lot of fun to play with, and building your own mazes for the bugs to travel through can also be tons of fun! This weekend, why not take a look through your recycling bin, salvage a few materials, and get building! If you are a Lego fan, you could use that too! Watch the video below to see the maze above in action and then head over to Frugal Fun for more building info!

Build A Lego Drawing Machine

Lego + some coloured pens + a motor  = Spirograph, 2017 style!

Head over to Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls to see how it’s done. And, while you’re there, check out other cool things to do!

Make It and Get Outside!

 

Ray Bethell has got kite flying down to an art. He is a professional kite flyer who holds world records for flying multiple stunt kites. Watch him in action in this video:

Impressive!! Your turn now! With just a few common items, you can make your own kites and then head outside to practise your own stunt flying skills. Who knows?… maybe Ray had better watch out for you!! Use the Garbage Bag Kite link for instructions and get started!

Garbage Bag Kite