Student Showcase

Pod C Kindergartners Imagine their Dream Houses

Kindergarteners in Mrs. Power & Mrs. Fousek's homeroom have been learning about geometry, measurement, retelling stories, story sequence, and comparing and contrasting. Here is a video to give you a tiny view into the learning happening in this architecture experience.

Student Powered Interviews

Throughout the month of May, Design39Campus (D39C) had the opportunity to host teacher candidates from around the country to experience a taste of what it is like to be an LED at Design39Campus. As part of our multi-faceted hiring process, potential teacher candidates participate in a design thinking group process to showcase their abilities to collaborate in a team environment.

In the past, our interview panel consisted of D39C team members. This year, we decided to try something new! In addition to staff, students were invited to the interviews as well.

"Design39Campus is a student powered school, and we are so thrilled to have students be a part of this work," said Joe Erpelding, Principal of D39C. "When you think about it, kids are directly impacted by our staff everyday, and hearing their voices allows us to choose the best possible LEDs for our kids and families."

The students on our panel were selected by their teachers and took time out their evening to spend with us. Our kids had many ideas to share with our team, and their feedback was critical in our decision making.

"We were so amazed by their insightful feedback," said Judy Caraang, a 4/5 LED at Design39Campus. "Our kids really have a grasp of what it means to be a great team player. So glad they could join us!"

Watch the video below to learn more about our student powered interviews!

Mixed Media Characters

The 6/7 Art and Design Deep Dive students are making self-portraits that they call Mixed Media Characters. They got to express their interests through their artwork. The self-portraits are describing the person's inner self, not the students' appearances. The students were able to use different art materials for this project.

You might wonder where they are going to put these art projects. Mrs. Grissom, the teacher for this class, painted an entire wall black so that they could  hang the projects. The kids in this class have been developing their project for about seven class periods. They have worked really hard and they tried to make it personal and important to them while still showing the silly part of them! They got to show things about them that most people don't know. They liked expressing themselves on paper. The class loved that it was unique and each was very different in their own ways. These Mixed Media Characters are a great way for students to express themselves in a fun, creative way!

By Zil, grade 6

School News Team

Tick, Tock... K-1 Students Make Clocks!

The B pod K/1 classes made clocks out of different found items. They have many materials that were laying around at home and made them into fantastic clocks. Who knew clocks could be so original?

The kids went through the design process to make these clocks. They planned the clocks and they made a checklist of what they were going to make. Then they started making the clocks. They decided to make clocks because in math they were learning about time and they were not really interested in time because they could always look at a digital clock.  So the K-1 LEDs decided that making analog clocks would be fun could get the kids excited about learning about time.  After they made their clocks they would have to learn how to tell time.

The clocks could be anything they wanted them to be they didn't have to be just round or square. August in Mrs. Kasner’s class, made a skateboard clock. They got to use a drill and some kids got to use a Dremel. The kids were really excited about the clocks and really worked hard on this project.  

By:  Zil, Noor, Iniyaa

D39C School News Team

 

Magic of Soldering

From the 6/7 School News Team

Here at Design 39, all 7th grade students have to take a PLTW (Project Lead the Way) course. For the 7th graders this year, their class is called Magic of Electrons. At this point in the year, the 7th grade students are soldering. Soldering is basically welding objects together in this certain way. They are currently soldering wires together but will soon use this technique to create a circuit board for their very own night lights.

Diving Deep with the 6th & 7th Graders

Architecture and Design

In Architecture and Design, taught by Mr. Fritch, students are designing houses to learn the meaning behind the broad word ‘architecture’.

ART

In Mrs. Grissom's A and B day art classes, students are creating mandalas - a symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist religion meaning ‘universe’ and ‘center’. They are now finished, and you can go see the display on the wall between B204 and B206.

Music Creation

Another cool deep dive is Mr. Manalo’s Music Creation class. The students are currently creating music to match a movie scene. They are also finishing up learning the cup song. This creative deepdive takes place in B204 and B206.

Ceramics

The B day Ceramics class is shaping their lumps of clay into birdhouses. They are using slab techniques to achieve the massive shape. At the same time, students are indulged in personal projects. This all takes place in Makery B213.

Exploravision

In Mr. Asmus’ Exploravision classes, they work on taking a thought, and transforming it into a prototype, and then to a product. Groups are working on writing their essays and designing their prototype about their idea. But groups that are further ahead are working on their sample web pages to display deep learning and research.

6th Grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

In PLTW 6th grade students are learning how to model Orthographic Projection -  representing a three-dimensional object in two dimensions - with building blocks. They are also starting out on Autodesk inventor, design application for creating 3D digital prototypes on the computer.

7th Grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

7th grade PLTW takes place in makery C204 taught by Mrs. Gonzalez. They’re currently learning about different circuit components and how to solder, as well as engineering skills. Their next project will be soldering a night light circuit board.   

School News Team

Last, but certainly not least, Mrs. Eveleth’s School News Team! This class is in charge of getting news out to the rest of the school and the rest of the world.

The Truth About School Lunch

Built up by various TV shows, school lunch has received a ‘controversial’ reputation. By the Collaborative’s request, we went out and found the truth about school lunches. They wanted to understand what the students at D39C really thought about the overall lunch experience. Do you want to know the startling results? Watch the video to find out.

PLTW Skimmers! 6th Grade

By: Kate, Hannah, Dheeraj, and Caeden

The 6th graders at Design39Campus are in a Deep Dive called Project Lead the Way taught by Mr. Bret Fitzpatrick. A Deep Dive is a class where students can learn more about a certain topic for 90 minutes a day. In this class they are making paper skimmers, and by the end of the week, they have to get their skimmer past the 60 ft mark to pass the class.

These students have been working hard on getting there skimmers to pass that mark and even beating the school record, which is 120 ft. The students make their skimmers by folding and cutting paper in a certain way. Then they add 2 vertical stabilizers on the sides and a scoop on the bottom. The stabilizers stabilize the skimmer while it is in “flight”. The scoop controls the airflow under the skimmer to create lift to allow the skimmer to “float” across the floor.

We interviewed four students and they told us a little about the class and the skimmers, the way that these skimmers can work will blow your mind. Check out the video above to get the inside scoop on what's going on in the 6th graders Project Lead the Way class at Design39Campus.