Friday, December 20, 2013

Flipping Science

Sixth Grade Science Teachers, Ms. Black, Ms. Engelke, and Ms. Rodriguez are flipping science all around.  Instead of doing traditional homework at home, students are answering questions about a Google presentation, or watching a short video and having online discussions about what they are viewing.  This type of work is typically done during the class day taking up valuable class time.  Now that the time is freed up, sixth grade science has been able to work more one on one with students as well as they've had more time to provide real experiences for the kids with extra lab experiments. 

Here is an example of a video that a student might have to watch for their "homework".  On the teacher's Moodle Course, the student would have some type of short assignment to insure that he watched the video and was prepared to follow up on that learning in class the next day.  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

DMS Robotics Takes on Regional Tournament

On December 7th, the Deerpark Robotics Team took on 21 other teams in the Westwood First Lego League Qualifier Tournament.  The students competed in the four areas of teamwork, robot design and programming, research project, and head to head robot matches against other teams.  In an amazing showing, the team brought home Deerpark's very first 1st place award in robot design.  They were 4th place in the head to head robot matches, and were named the third best team overall in the entire competition.  These students have put in collectively over 300 hours of work on their robot, their research, and programming and deserve every kudos given to them.