WHEN HAMLIN SCHOOL AND SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY JOIN FORCES, STUDENTS WIN!
For two years, neighborhood librarians at San Francisco Public Library: Golden Gate Branch on Green Street have teamed up with Hamlin to train students on using the San Francisco Public library’s children e- books for research.
On November 7th, Ms. Garcia’s and Ms. Silva’s third graders learned how to how to download digital books on their classroom iPads. Ms. Celeste Heike, children’s librarian worked in collaboration with Ms. Cardone and Ms. Davis to ensure all students in third grade could access the electronic collection. Hamlin students and teachers now have access to additional reference resource materials when searching for books that may be out of print or difficult to locate in our collection. Continue reading
Following Grade 4’s Stem the Gender Gap field trip to NASA, we launched the Wind Tube project. In groups of 6, students built a wind tube using wood, plastic, tape, and a fan. Next challenge = build and test flying structures!
Hamlin girls are learning with, playing, and creating with tech companies around the Bay Area today!
Learn what the #STEMGenderGap field trips are all about.
Thanks to all of our community partners in this innovative endeavor!
Where Hamlin students are visiting today…
In our increasingly online world, coding provides a key for young people to design their futures from the inside out. Recent studies show that programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average. Coding skills are especially important to those working in: Information Technology, Data Analysis, Art and Design, Engineering, and Science (Fast Company). Over the last few years Hamlin has become a leader in teaching K-8 technology to girls, while also successfully engaging faculty members in the learning process. The Hour of Code (which takes place 12/5-12/11) is a working celebration of our thoughtful emphasis on learning technology.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science starting with 1-hour coding activities, but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.
We 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.
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.
Hamlin and Citizen Science. Continue reading
(8th grade) NASA Experiments just landed yesterday safely in Texas from Space! Their experiments were launched from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in 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.
By Debra Cardone
Lower School Librarian
September brings the start of a new school year, and once again classes begin, it is not long before your child will need to do research or a project.
Why not give your 21st Century learner a head start by taking the time to view and explore our Lower School Digital Resources that were introduced during Curriculum Night. Continue reading
“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:
“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?