Engineering Notebooks & the Design Process

We have begun the Engineering Design Process with our robotics unit.  This is one of my favorite parts of robotics.  The students have been introduced to their Robotics Engineering & Design Notebooks.  Now that they have practiced the game with their basic Clawbot, the students are beginning to design a robot that will better perform and succeed at the tasks given in the game.   As a robotics team, they have drawn out design ideas and have synergized to create the design they would like to build.  This new design will face many obstacles in the near future, where it will need to be modified or maybe even scratched to begin a new idea.  The problems & solutions that arise, their design modifications and strategy will all be documented in their engineering notebook.  It’s a great place to see their thinking, analyzing and planning.


As we continue with our Classroom Dojo series, Mojo teaches us about empathy.  We are having some beautiful discussions about how to be empathetic.   Ask your child about “the maze” and how to get out of it.

Robot Revolution

The kids have been so excited as we stepped into the world of robotics!!  We have started with some fundamentals, discussing parts and pieces, types of control and various engineering career possibilities.  They now realize many of their career choices they considered this year can be combined with engineering to form a specific field of engineering.  They are currently building their first robot by instructions.  As the unit continues, they will begin to design and program their robot to meet challenging tasks.  Hopefully I will remember to get the camera out to take pictures for you guys!

My Perspective of Me

We are wrapping up our “Self-Perspective” unit.  As we finish the unit, the kids are in the process of researching a career they are interested in and creating career posters to place in the hallway.  These are small posters they are designing using Google Slides.  The poster gives a little information about the career they chose to research.  These will be displayed on the wall across from our classroom throughout the year to share with all of the students in our school.  Soon, they will be taking pictures to be placed on the poster.

Growth Mindset – Mojo

I feel it is very important for our kids to learn how to have a growth mindset.  We are venturing through a series of videos and discussions about how to have a growth mindset when faced with challenging tasks.  Led by our new favorite characters, Mojo & Katie, the kids are soaking in the new skills and taking ownership.  Ask you child about the power of “YET”.

Welcome to GRC

GRC classes start this week!!  I’m so excited to get to know these kids even more!  They are going to have a great year stretching their minds, challenging their thinking and utilizing their creativity!  I’ll attempt to blog every now and then to let you know what is going on in our class.  The next few weeks we will focus on self-perspective, what it means to be gifted and what careers may be interesting according to their gifts and talents.

Exciting Year Ahead!!

I am so excited to be working with the amazing students and staff at Oak Mountain Elementary this year!!  We have a lot of great things in store.  Be ready to investigate, explore, create and lead!  This is going to be a FABULOUS year!

Building & Getting into the Game

Students have completed their Clawbot and have begun playing the game.  This year’s GRC classes are playing VEX IQ Challenge Crossover.  This game is 3rd grade friendly and A LOT of fun!!  The students are currently learning how to work through the challenge and learning the strengths & weaknesses of the Clawbot in this game.  These observations will be helpful as we continue to our next steps in in weeks to come.