Tinkercad and App Lab

As part of their Idea Incubator project, students are learning how to design and code apps and 3D designs of their own using the online Code.org’s App Lab and Tinkercad tutorials and programs!  Check out the images below for some examples, and ask your 8th grader for even more!

App Lab

Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad.

Tinkercad examples



HTML coded space websites and a field trip to the Blue Origin rocket factory!

In Computer Science this term, the 8th graders have been working very hard to learn how to code websites in the HTML and CSS coding languages.  While they are still very much works in progress, each of the students have linked their websites and narrated screencast video explanations of their HTML code — all can be found on this student showcase website!  Students are currently in the process of editing their websites content, debugging their HTML code, and adding color and design to the websites as they learn how to code in CSS.

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Additionally, Astronaut Candidates and their Commanders visited the Blue Origin Rocket Factory this week.  Some of the student takeaways after the trip are listed below!

  • What I took away from the trip is that some projects can seem really, really big and difficult but when you work with other people collaboratively, the project becomes smaller and less difficult.
  • I learned that it takes a lot of math and calculations to make a perfect rocket. Also that there are not nearly as many women in the space industry as there should be.
  • I absolutely loved being on the floor and looking at all the rockets being made.
  • I think it is really good that they are focusing on reusable rockets and cleaning up space trash.
  • I really loved learning about what Blue Origin is making and I learned a lot about what they plan to do in the future and when the flights will be open to the public. I also learned a lot about the engines and what a career at Blue Origin entails.
  • I realized how complicated it is to take people into space and how many different pieces there are and how each one is really important.
  • The machinery was enormous and it was funny that they had to put an extra 5 feet or concrete beneath it.
  • It was amazing!
  • I hadn’t previously known that they were working with reusable equipment, which I think is very interesting because I care a lot about the Earth and all the space trash that’s surrounding it really isn’t very good for the planet or it’s surrounding area.
  • Our guide said that our mission mantras were pretty much the same as Blue Origin mantras.  She said they will come in handy in adulthood and that rockets are BIG.
  • I liked being able to be there and see the rockets being built and the science behind it.
  • I thought their big end goal was pretty cool.
  • We are lot further along than I thought.
  • That the space industry isn’t just NASA launching satellites or rovers into space, it’s also smaller but still big companies such as Blue Origin sending tourist flights into space and such.
  • I thought it was so cool how they are working to give ordinary people the opportunity to go into space and how they designed The Shepard. I loved their approach and . Learning about how they build rockets.
  • I loved learning about how they were made/are working on fully reusable rockets because, for me, this has always been a sore spot about rocket and space exploration.
  • I thought that the New Shepard Capsule was super cool and it was really interesting to learn about how they make the first stage reusable. I also really liked how they named the spacecrafts after famous astronauts (Alan B. Shepard, Jr. and John Glenn)
  • It was an incredible experience. I was so amazed at what they were building and I am really considering it as a future career. It is something that I have wanted to do ever since I was really little.
  • I really appreciate Blue Origin and the commanders for making the trip possible!
  • I have always learned and heard about space. But to be able to be truly involved in a top secret environment and to be able to see all of these items that are the real thing was really cool.
  • I thought it was really cool how they used metal 3D printers to create giant rocket parts!
  • From our trip to Blue Origin, I have taken away a belief that commercial spaceflight can one-day be a reality. I have taken away a hope that if Blue Origin grows larger, that they may open more “sections” and have a place for biologists/neurologists to work. I have also taken away that rockets are in fact much larger than I previously thought.  
  • I found the mission of Blue Origin very inspiring and how their slogan is “slow and steady” because they are accomplishing so much but taking things slow so they make sure it’s their best.
  • One of my takeaways from the Blue Origin field trip was that it takes a lot more work than I thought to make spaceships, like the planning, physics and engineering. Also that what makes Blue origin work so well is that all of the people there love what they do.
  • It was really cool to see all the software behind rockets and things.
  • How do these people keep their work such a secret because it is so cool!?!?
  • I learned that working can be fun and that there is so much in our world and outside that is hard to explore but also fun to explore.
  • The biggest thing that stood out to me was the machines that were so big. I’m really interested in engines and machinery, and seeing things like the pressure welder was really cool.
  • It was an unforgettable trip!

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Coding Greeting Cards in JavaScript

Sheep are coolIn Computer Science this term, students were introduced to coding in JavaScript through the Code.org Discovery program. Students watched online tutorials and followed step-by-step instructions to create and move shapes and characters on an x and y coordinate grid. Additionally, students learned to code width and length measurements, variables, loops, and rgb color codes, using both block coding and text-based JavaScript programming.  Check out some of their creations in the below links.  Also note that all 8th graders have the challenge of coding their own animated greeting card to share with friends and family for the Winter Holidays!


Happy halloween example

Happy Holidays example

I’m shook example

Charlie and the Icebergs Example

Squack example


Idea Incubator Prototyping

The 8th graders are currently working through the prototyping cycle to build multiple iterations of their Ideas for the June 13th Idea Incubator.  Check out the wide variety of Ideas that they are working on!!

App Lab prototype Paper App Prototype

Scootboard A skateboard that transforms into a scooter and a chair.
The Clean Water Pill A website where you can buy water purification supplies and  donate pills that clean water to countries that need it.
Safety Box A box to help people calm down — specifically those with mental disorders like paranoia and misophonia.
Book Nook The portable stand for your book to read comfortably in bed. Website so you can borrow and buy Book Nook books that turn the page for you.
Fridge Meal Suggestion App An app that scans the food in your fridge and suggests meals you can make based on what’s in your fridge.
Nice Cubes Re-usable electronic cubes that heat up your drink.
Allergy Education Website A website for people to learn about allergies and get recipes and resources.
Binder Backpack + Digital Planner A backpack with an accordion like folder inside it. There is also a digital planner to help organize homework.
The Animal app An app where you play with and collect animals.
Student Tablet A tablet that is made for students that works as all of the things in your backpack and more.  
Portable Puppy Parties A mobile truck that brings adoptable puppies to parties and other locations.  
Anonymous Friendship app An app that lets you say if you like a person or want to be friends, but keeps it anonymous unless the person that you like likes you back.
Moodsic app A music based social media app where you can submit songs based on moods and genres. You can browse and look for new song recommendations and watch music videos. You can also post your own music with the posting tool.
Mobile Nail Salon A luxury truck nail salon that comes to you for parties or just getting your nails done — very Instagrammable!
T.V in the mirror A mirror that you can watches while getting ready so you don’t have to go on your phone.
The Wearable Pocket A fashionable pocket that connects to your arm.
The WishFish wishlist app A website that connects you to all stores that deliver, and you create a wishlist of the things you want, and it gives you suggestions based on your wishlist and you can share it with anyone. It also tells you when a store you like is having a sale.
Current Events website A website that educates students on current events and how they can take action on them.
Pizza Vending Machine A vending machine that sells pizzas, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free..
WAKEUP Alarm Pillow A pillow that uses an alarm to gently wake you up.
Dustpan groomer A dustpan that filters tangled hair from your broom.
New Music Studios A safe space where teens can go and learn/practice music.
Sun n’ Tan A machine located by beaches that provides spay tan and spray sunscreen.
The Shopping Helper A website that you can type in what you’re looking for and it will show you websites that are confirmed and have good quality clothes.
Skin Care app An app that helps you find the best products for your skin with surveys. Is also has an alarm and you can discuss skincare products and issues with people.
Theater Company A youth theater company that offers both acting and technical theater position.  It will  treat its students like employees and give them a budget.
Learn Your Rights Learn your rights and the Constitution — and get paid to do it!


Exploring the Intersection of Statistics and Art through the Dear-Data Project

The 8th graders are currently in the middle of a project that explores the intersection of Statistics and Art.  The project is modeled after the Dear Data  project.  In our SGS version, the students brainstormed topics that they would be interested in collecting micro-data about, and then visualizing it in an artistic format (see some finished examples below).  After collecting and visualizing their data in an artistic format, the students also learned to organize and graph their data in Google Sheets and Excel.

Round 1 topics were:  Music, Complaints, and I Love You.  Round 2 choices are: Laughter, Screen Time, or Positive/Negative thoughts.  And Round 3 will be Designer’s Choice!

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MS Dear Data 1 visual   MS Dear Data 1 key

EC Dear Data 1 visual   EC Dear Data 1 key

AC Dear Data 1 visual   AC Dear Data 1 key

IW Dear Data 1 visual        IW Dear Data 1 key

AA Dear Data 1 visual   AA dear data 1 key

MG dear data 1 visual   MG dear data 1 key