My classroom is a fun, highly energized, and engaging classroom which encourages innovation. Students collaborate on a variety of projects which push their ability to critically problem solve and increase their intellectual agility. This year, I expect to continue to strengthen their abilities in using the new science and engineering practices.
Our junior high school student body has increased in size and now surpasses 1300 seventh and eighth graders.
My students stem from multiple cultures but are like-minded in pursuing greater academic success. They can sometimes become too critical of their abilities and dwell too long on failure. Because of this my students become confined to a uniform style of thinking and lose sight of potential creativity. After introducing a 3d printer last year, students began designing multiple projects using this technology and has helped them better cope with failure. Projects that make room for both creativity and failure have made my students stronger in pursuing their unique goals.
For the past year, my students have been hard at work designing, constructing, and testing an environmental sensor. This environmental sensor is used to collect temperature, humidity, atmospheric pressure, and current CO2 levels. Initially, we used this sensor to record CO2 levels of our school during drops offs and pickups to validate why carpooling or alternative forms of travel is important. We plan to launch this student created sensor strapped to a high altitude weather balloon to collect precious atmospheric data which we can use to compare to our local conditions. This action camera will help my students observe the launch from a different perspective as well as observe what conditions exist in the upper atmosphere. This action camera will truly be their eyes in the sky.
The intent of this action camera is to broaden the mindset of my students and see where their student built environmental sensor traveled.
We specifically chose the GoPro Hero because we wanted a strong, dependable action camera with plenty of support from the community. These high altitude weather balloons are known to float as high as 19 miles in the air so it's important to choose a camera with known credibility to survive such extreme conditions.
An action camera will definitely provide crucial data for my students. They will have a direct view of what their sensor was able to accomplish and see Earth from a completely different perspective. If problems arise in flight, we will be able to use this action camera to help determine what issues arose and critically problem solve solutions to mitigate these issues next launch. An action camera will also help my students record any other observations that would explain the type of data they collected. Your help in making this a reality would be greatly appreciated.
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