Category Archives: Awesome Academic Projects

Hamlin Students Make “Apps for Good”

AppsforgoodWe live in a digital age where thoughtful people strive everyday to find solutions to problems both mundane and profound.

At the Hamlin School in San Francisco students can take a 7th grade arts elective class where they work together to identify real issues that they care about, brainstorm ways to address those problems, and then learn to build apps to solve them. Students work through all key aspects of new product development, including: idea generation, technical feasibility, programming, design, deciding on business models and marketing.

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Citizen Science & Hamlin

unnamed (1)What is Citizen Science?

Citizen Science gives students or the general public an opportunity to be a part of current ongoing research. Most studies have to do with the changing global climate and how habitats are changing over time.  One of the first citizen science projects was conducted by Professor Joe Caprio at Montana State University. He collected data on postcards in the 1950’s on lilac plants in backyards and gardens. With this information, he was able to discover  how elevation and latitude were connected to the onset of spring and to look at climate change.

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Hamlin Girls’ Work Returns from Space

Avery and Samantha’s (8th grade) NASA Experiments just landed yesterday safely in Texas from Space!  Their experiments were launched from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1in New Mexico up 121,516 ft (23 miles=37 km) above the Earth as part of the Cubes in Space Program. Their experiments had to fit it a cube just 4 centimeters by 4 centimeters!

 

“The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Remote payload from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Launch Site at Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The JPL Remote mission is the third of six planned launches during this year’s fall balloon campaign in New Mexico. JPL Remote is an upper atmosphere research experiment that will help us better understand stratospheric chemistry and the stability of the ozone layer. The payload took flight on a 29.47-million-cubic-foot scientific balloon that, when fully inflated, is roughly the size of 99 blimps.

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Middle School Curriculum Night – Design/Maker Elective

“I wish I could take your class!”
– eighth grade parent

It’s going to be a great and very creative semester! Check out the sides:

Middle School Curriculum Night …

“Wow, mind-blowing!  Can I attend Hamlin as a fifth grader!”
                                                – anonymous fifth grade parent

With a year of coding and robotics like this who wouldn’t want to be a Hamlin fifth grader?

2nd Annual Online Teen Dance Film Festival …

Created by Middle School Dance Teacher, Jill Randall, at The Hamlin School in San Francisco, this twenty plus minute film festival highlights the work of middle school dancers at Hamlin as well as selected films from other middle schools and high schools around the globe. ”Dance for the camera” work blends dancing and technology in creative and engaging ways.

On/Line Teen Dance Film Festival – 2016 from Jill Randall on Vimeo.

Coding (Social Studies+Spanish) = Amazing Learning for ALL!

As part of the third grade social studies curriculum, the girls learn about Central and South America and the people and animals that live in those countries. This year, the Third Grade Teachers worked with Spanish Teacher Kate McGinnis and STEM Teacher Caroline Windell as they combined their social studies, Spanish, and coding knowledge into one amazing online project.

They girls researched a specific rainforest animal and then wrote an interview between their animal and another character using common Spanish phrases such as ¿Dónde vives? and ¿Qué comes? They then used the block-based coding language in Scratch to animate their interviews, record their animations, and then save their animations as a stand-alone videos.

Here is a sample by Sophia:

As more projects like this one are successfully completed (and shared) – we look forward to seeing the robust learning and iterative design processes inherent in coding instruction – reaching students and faculty in a variety of subject areas.

The Riveter Lab …. a Community Resouce

When the chair people for the eighth grade dinner dance came to me asking if I could help them troubleshoot their idea for creating a gallery of student images – I immediately thought of some seventh grade students and our Riveter Lab tools which I knew would be up to the task.

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The problem was given to seventh grade students who took the challenge!  They added to the challenge some cardboard, their creativity, our laser cutter, and a little spray paint … and VOILA!  An beautiful effect – walking through gorgeous photos floating in the air – was created.

Of course the chairs in their kindness recognized the hard work …

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5th Grade m@k3r Night!

On Thursday March 31st the @RiveterLab hosted the 5th grade class and their parents as they launched into their final trimester of science.  This trimester will see the girls exploring Design & Engineering heavily so what better way to launch than a m@k3r event!

Students and parents had the opportunity to build with TinkeringLabs Electric Motors Catalyst Kits, explore our collection of Little Bits, Build and compete throwing “PowerUp” paper airplanes, and play the video games they created in Scratch using controls they also designed using MakeyMakey.  It was a really fun night of learning for students and parents alike!

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Some Metrics:
40 of 44 girls attended our event and these students were accompanied by 29 Moms, 21 Dads, 17 Siblings, 1 Uncle, 2 Grandparents and 2 Babysitter/Nannies … that’s a total of 112 people that attended our Maker Event! 


An event like this doesn’t just happen; the tireless work of Mr. Wilsey, Ms. Brisson, Mr. Lengel, and the entire Building & Grounds team needs be recognized – as well as the commitment of so many parents to come out and support our program.  Thank you all.

5th Grade Water PSAs…

The following public service videos were produced as a piece of the 5th grades investigation into water conservation: