Through a variety of audiovisuals, Lower School students document their class experiences.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Raspberri Pi's Piper Minecraft Programming (Danny)

Danny's Rock Start Student presentation was showing us how he built a wooden computer with the Piper Minecraft Learning Program! Check out more here:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Junior Robotics Tournament II - Tumbaco, Ecuador

On May 21st, 2016, 18 schools from Quito and nearby competed in a robot programming tournament (hosted by Clear Minds/Neuronakids). Two students represented Academia Cotopaxi and, even though they were a grade level below the rest, performed valiantly and should be commended for their outstanding effort! Ultimately, they placed 9th out of the 18 schools :-).

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

After School Space Club 2016: Physiology in Space

 Space Club kids learn about the affects of microgravity on physiology, just like the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station:

Thursday, March 10, 2016

After School Space Club 2016: Landers!

After watching these NASA videos...
Students got to work making their own landers...
...try out...
The most successful design; but, more importantly, is the discovery process. Well done, space engineers!
Creative thinkers!

Friday, March 4, 2016

PYP Unit of Inquiry, "Technological Solutions".

Students researched global issues and  then, using the Design Process, conceived of technological solutions. Check out Mr. Farrell's video of what transpired:

They then shared their learning process at a PYP assembly, using Powtoons:

An additional video presented, and worth watching, was "Billions in Change":

Some innovative, technological solutions included the following:

A BB-8 type sphero with specific monitoring capabilities, used for the purpose of protecting endangered species. 

An embedded head device (which looks like a hair decoration), for the purpose of helping mute individuals communicate through an "I Can Talk" application.

A device which removes just the right amount of clouds, for the purpose of relieving the world of global warming symptoms and based on NASA research.

A weather sphere to protect polar bears from extinction, due to global warming.

A Smart Prosthetic Arm which includes items like a GPS, Smart Phone, Internet, etc.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Robotopia 2016!

Through Robotopia and Educare, student teams from 20 schools learn more about programming, electric circuitry, and assembling a robot. Great inquiry for all!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

After School Space Club 2016 - The International Space Station!

Watching videos of a tour and the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), and having a Skype Call with Mike Lutomski: NASA's (now retired) risk-manager for the ISS and currently with Space X!

After School Space Club 2016 - Air Rocket Launching!

Testing designs, measuring length, evaluating successes and failures, and analyzing conditions (i.e. drag, weight, wind, etc.):