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Students continued to work on their boats and tested them to see if they float! 
















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Oyster Boat Building

Our first project is a STEM project where students will design oyster boats!  We did a little research on deadrises and other boats used for collecting oysters from our local waterways.  Students worked in small groups, and each group was given a different st of materials to build with.  Boats are powered by Sphero robots, and the class was given certain constraints, or criteria that had to be included on their boats.  As students worked on each phase of their design, they tested it's buoyancy  and the Sphero's ability to power the boats.  As needed, students corrected or added to their designs to get a working model!  Here are some photos of day 1 of boat designing.








Welcome to a new year in LEAP!

WELCOME to 5th grade LEAP for the 2018-19 School year!
We have lots of exciting projects planned for 5th graders.  We meet on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 pm in lab 510.  Our first project will be a STEM project that we will present at the Urbanna Oyster Festival Education Day.

Robotics and Coding for 5th Grade

This week, we took a short break from our current Agents for Change project (we are researching improvements to our school playground) and worked on some coding activities.  We worked with Sphero Robots (they were a big hit) and began some 5th grade courses in Code.org. Students also used iPads to program the Ozobots.  It was a FUN day in LEAP!


Agents for Change Shoreline Clean-up Project

As agents for Change, we started with a community project.  5th grade students teamed up with the Friends of the Rappahanock to learn about the importance of keeping our local waterways clean, and how to clean up our shoreline.  Students collected trash from the beaches, researched the effects of pollution, and presented their digital and physical projects at the Urbanna Oyster Festival Education Day this fall.