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As we go through these trying times, I want parents and student to know that we are all working hard to get our school day back to "normal". In the meantime we would like to connect with families as much as possible. I will post some assignments and links to optional assignments. These will be for students to work on and ask questions through email or my office hours of 7:15 - 11:00. Feel free to email any questions from 7:00 to 3:00. Thank you all as we go through this together.

School Wide Challenge 8 (all grades 6/1 - 6/5) - For the last week of school students are challenged to build a Rube Goldberg machine. Rube Goldberg is famous for creating complicated machines to do simple tasks. There are plenty of fun examples on YouTube . Please record and share your cool machines with me and most importantly have fun!


School Wide Challenge 8 (all grades 5/26 - 5/29) - This week your challenge is to make a balloon rocket. You will need to create a rocket that will travel at least 10 feet across the room with a balloon as the propulsion source. One safe way to make sure your rocket goes straight is to have your rocket attached to a straw that has a string running through it. Please time your rocket so we can have a virtual rocket race. Have fun and share your results with me. Good luck!

School Wide Challenge 7 (all grades 5/18 - 5/22) - This week your challenge is to be an architect for a day. You need to find a problem around your house and then design and build a solution. For example maybe you keep forgetting to let your chickens outside each day. You can design a coop that has an automatic door on a timer. You can solve any household problem and then design the solutions. Share your solutions to inspire others, and have fun!

School Wide Challenge 6 (all grades 5/11 - 5/15) - This week your challenge is to design a car that moves under its own propulsion. You can use rubber bands, balloons, LEGOS, or whatever you have at home to make your car move. Try to be creative and come up with a really unique design. Cars must be able to travel at least 3 feet on its own without being pushed or rolling down a hill. Once you have a car you can race it against other cars from our school. Just record the time your car takes to travel over 10 feet and record it. We can have a virtual drag race for Shapleigh mini cars. Have fun and share your results with me. Good luck and have fun!

School Wide Challenge 5 (all grades 5/4 - 5/8) - This week your challenge is to build a tower out of 100 of anything-- you have to use 100 of one item. You can use 100 paper clips, 100 pieces of paper, 100 marshmallows, 100 toothpicks or 100.... of what you have. The tallest tower is the winner! Participants win too though--just for attempting!! Share your tower with me and have fun!!

School Wide Challenge 4 (all grades 4/27 - 5/1) - This week your challenge is to save an egg. Always a favorite, the Egg Drop Challenge is back! You will have to engineer and build a container that keeps an egg from breaking after a 10 foot drop. You can use any materials you have at home and make sure you ask an adult before you practice with eggs.

School Wide Challenge 3 (all grades 4/13 - 4/17) - This week your challenge is to design a paper bridge. The goal is to span the largest distance while holding the most pennies. If you do not have pennies you can use other weight. You can use paper, tinfoil, or wax paper and no more than 8 pieces of 4 inch tape. You can use a stack of books on each side to hold it off the floor or any household items. As always feel free to do any challenge that you have not yet completed. I look forward to seeing your videos.

School Wide Challenge 2 (all grades 4/6 - 4/10) - This week we will be having a STEM challenge for all grades. This week you have to build a boat that floats. The goal is to make a boat that holds the most pennies. The boat can be made out of any materials you have at home (tinfoil or recycled water bottles). The boat can not be bigger than 6 inches x 6 inches and must float on its own. Most of all, have fun and share those videos.

School Wide Challenge 1 (all grades 3/30 - 4/3) - This week we will be having a STEM challenge for all grades. We will start with the Popsicle Stick Catapult Challenge. The goal is to design a small catapult that will shoot a small object 10 feet into a paper cup. The catapult can be made out of any materials you have at home (not just popsicle sticks). Please video your catapult and share it with me at I look forward to seeing all of the creative designs. You can get more information at

Not up for the challenge? I have several students creating their own STEM challenges in small groups. One student loves baking so he is baking two different batches of brownies. One batch is in a rectangular pan and another is in a round pan. What is the volume of each pan? What percent difference is there?

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Student are also still welcome to work on the previous assignments if they wish. My intent is that students are all creating and sharing their work online. I miss all of them and I will see them all soon.

4th and 5th Grade - Fourth and Fifth graders are encouraged to code new challenging games and share them with classmates. This is a great way for students to stay connected and code.

6th - 8th grade - Option 1 - Make a new invention out of recycled products at home. Market your invention as an advertisement using QuickTime or iMovie

Option 2 - Create a 3D animated donut on Blender. You can watch the YouTube videos to help