Tuesday, October 17, 2017

PLTW Launch

PLTW LAUNCH


We are excited to be piloting the PLTW Launch Program in our elementary gifted education classes.  Each class, grades 2-5, is completing one module first semester.  The modules are:

Grades 2-3:  Stability and Motion:  The Science of Flight
Grade 4:  Energy:  Collisions
Grade 5:  Robotics and Automation:  Challenge

Through PLTW Launch, students learn to use the Engineering Design Process to solve problems.




The Science of Flight




Stability and Motion:  Collisions




                                Robotics and Automation



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017-2018 Murray News for 1st Quarter

Video Production

Our 5th grade Challenge class has taken over "The Murray News."  Their newscasts focus on Murray special events, sports, new curriculum and technology, accomplishments, and upcoming events.  The students write the segments and film them in front of a green screen in our Video Production Studio. We use Pinnacle Studio to edit our film, then we upload the videos to YouTube.  You can watch some of our past videos here.   

1st Quarter Murray News 2017-2018

Mission:  We, the Video Production Leaders, use the 7 Habits to recognize our student leaders. We inform the Edgar Murray community of special events and accomplishments, while improving our video production skills.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Smashing Albert EGGstein


Rube Goldberg is known for his zany cause/effect inventions.  He was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist who showed his engineering sense of humor by depicting elaborate multi-step solutions to every-day problems.  Teachers around the world use Rube Goldberg designs to teach physics and engineering.  They even hold Rube Goldberg contests around the world.   


So, my 6th grade students decided to create their own Rube Goldberg machine in honor of Easter. The task...SMASH A RAW EGG!  The students were very creative in using a variety of cause/effect relationships, but they had many technical difficulties.  At the end of the day (about 50 tries), all parts of the machine had worked.  But, unfortunately, they did not all work together at once.

So, today, my 3rd graders tweaked the 6th graders' creation...And, after several more attempts...IT WORKED! Enjoy "Smashing Albert EGGstein!"



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Heading to Global Finals!


DI Teams.jpg

To Friends of Creative Problem Solvers:  

Teams from Edgar Murray Elementary Gifted education classes recently participated in the MO state final creative problem solving competition called Destination Imagination (DI).  Both fourth grade teams qualified to advance to Global Finals, an international competition to be held over 5 days, May 24-28, on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Students from over 15 countries, grades three through university level, will be competing, and 8,000 students and 17,000 attendees are expected to participate.
The four-member team, "Secret Cypher Squad," won first place in the Scientific category, Top Secret, and the five-member team "Red Ripe Potatoes" came in second in the Fine Arts category, “Vanished!”  Because there was only one point separating them from first place, they were chosen as the state "Wild Card" team.
We are very excited to be representing the state of Missouri at Global Finals, but we need help to get there. It costs $750.00 for each student to attend plus one adult team manager.  This includes housing, meals, and activities for the entire stay.  We need to raise $7,500.00 in order to participate in this amazing opportunity!
We are setting up a variety of fundraisers locally, including a lock-in at the school, car wash, flower sale, and bake sale.  Because we are a small, rural community, we are also seeking sponsors.  Several of our team members do not have the financial means to cover the costs involved.  It is our hope that you will consider helping send these talented kids to compete!
Platinum sponsor (Sponsor 1 Student) - $750 or more:  an ad on the back of our teams’ t-shirts, a free t-shirt, a framed 5 x 7 photo of the teams at Global Finals, a team pin, and recognition in the Bulldog Bulletin, our Facebook page, and Twitter.  
Gold sponsor - $200:  4x4" ad on the back of our teams’ t-shirts,  t-shirt, pin, 5x7 photo, and recognition in the Bulldog Bulletin.
Silver sponsor - $100:  2 X 3 1/2" ad on the back of t-shirt, 5x7 photo
Bronze sponsor -$50:  1 line on the back of the team t shirt
If you’d like more information about Destination Imagination, Global Finals, or our Challenge classroom, you can visit the following:  
For questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Hawkins:  jhawkins@stcmo.org



Checks payable to:  St. Clair R-XIII
Please send donations to:
Edgar Murray Elementary
Challenge Program                                       
1044 High School Drive       

Monday, January 16, 2017

I HAVE A DREAM

We used Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech to spark our conversations this morning.  I asked my 4th grade students the following questions after watching the famous "I Have a Dream" speech:
  What dream do you have for our country?  
What dream do you have for our world?
What dream do you have for yourself?  
What dream do you have for your family?



Here are their responses...
I HAVE A DREAM:

  • That everyone will have shelter.-Shelby
  • That they will find a cure for cancer.-Kaitlynn
  • That people will no longer fight over money.-Zech
  • That I’ll become a lawyer and help justice throughout the land.-Ty
  • That no one will be hungry.-Phillip
  • That I will be a professional football player.-Joshua
  • That I will learn more about cloning technology.-Cameron
  • That I will catch every Pokemon.-JJ
  • That my boys will find careers that will make them happy, and they will continue to be healthy.-Mrs. Hawkins