Library News: April 2, 2018

Library News: April 2, 2018
Posted on 04/02/2018
LibrarySecond Grade Prosthetic Design Projects

Inspired by Beauty and the Beak and Winter's Tale, 2nd grade students made prosthetics for injured animals. They went through the design process of researching, designing, revising, getting peer feedback, and reflecting on their prototype.

Planning: Engineers make a design plan. They revise the plan as they go. They need to determine how the device will attached to the animal, what function it will have. They then used Tinkercad to make a 3D model of their design.

Testing: Engineers test their designs. They make changes to their prototypes and go back and make it again until they get it right. Engineers understand they learn as much when something doesn't work as they can when it does. They test for size, function, and durability.

"Reading is a Right" Annual Reading Challenge

There are a few more weeks of the reading challenge. We have a lot of reading to do to hit our goal of 5,000 hours. After two weeks, the school community has read 1,083 hours.

In addition to reading, students may participate in an optional challenge by building a school out of anything they can find. Those schools will be on display in the library. (See more information below.) Students are also encouraged to contribute facts about education around world.

Charles SmithUpcoming Author Visit

The Baldwin School will welcome author Charles R. Smith, Jr. to visit all grade levels on Tuesday, April 24. Mr. Smith is an award-winning author, photographer and poet. His awards include a Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration for his Langston Hughes poem, My People and a Coretta Scott King Honor Author Award for his biography on Mohammad Ali, Twelve Rounds to Glory.

Design Your Dream School

What would you put in a dream school? What features does a school need to include (a library, a cafeteria, a whiteboard, desks)? What kinds of schools can we find around the world? Could you build a school that would work in a place without electricity or where water was scarce? What about a school in a place that gets very hot or very cold?

This Spring Baldwin Library is challenging YOU, YOUR FAMILY, and YOUR CLASS to build a school to display as part of our Reading is a Right! reading program. You can make your house out of anything you’d like ‐ boxes, sticks, anything you can find. You can even use Tinkercad to design one to print on our 3D printer. It can be as big or small as you’d like. We want to see what creativity you can bring to this project.

We’ll display the schools (or their pictures if they are too big) in the school and share them at an all school meeting. Schools are due on April 9th. Happy designing!!
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