125 The AP class is investigating the resistivity of conductive dough. I was going to make it myself, but then I had jury duty and I had to ask the kids to make it and bring it in. Which they did! It seemed to work pretty well for some groups, but not for others. I will be experimenting on my own at home to troubleshoot some of the issues. Mostly, it had nothing to do with kids using the digital multimeters incorrectly to measure current, though if they did things wrong yesterday they may have blown a fuse and I could not tell. So that is another thing I need to check.
120 The AP class had a test today, on potential and capacitance. Then we ate pie! The choices were: pumpkin, apple, blueberry, blackberry, chocolate, chocolate pudding, chocolate cream, and oreo/peanut butter ice cream pie!
113 Today the tech ed teacher sent a student to my room with a box full of breadboards and components. It’s like Christmas (or whatever other gift-giving holiday you celebrate)! I’m looking forward to sorting these and figuring out what all the ICs are. I’ve got a very enthusiastic student helper, too!
103 Today the conceptual classes had an introduction to projectiles, which consisted of playing catch with a soft foam apple. After playing and noting some different paths that the apple took, we decided on some possible factors that affect that path.
102 I gave out these valentines from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories to my AP class.
101 A colleague asked me if I could send some AP students to his honors-level physics 1 classes to encourage them to sign up for AP Physics for next year. So I asked my AP class to tell me what periods they were available, what class they had during those periods, and why they should get to do this. Here are a few of the responses for why they should be selected for this mission. I love the last one:
I will aim to successfully utilize logos, pathos, and ethos, in addition to my fun attitude, in order to attract the young scholars.
I LOL’d! (see, I am hip and can use the young people’s slang!)
73 (I fell asleep before posting yesterday) The AP class is making mobiles. It is a tradition! I require that each must have a theme and students vote on the best theme. Really we are finished with equilibrium and are on Newtonian Gravitation, but we HAVE to do the mobiles!