## 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!!

## Investigating Parabolas

This week in math we are continuing our Quadratics Unit by investigating parabolas. Students are learning all the features of a parabola through investigations and making connections to what they learned about linear equations (x and y-intercepts). We started this investigation by seeing where parabolas show up in real life.  Students made the observations that they often appear in architecture and things that fall (gravity). Now we are making connections between factoring and graphing! Here’s their recent poster assignment: Investigating-parabolas-2 (1). Also, here’s a video of a student making the connection between catapults and parabolas.

## 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!

## High School Math Placement- What To Do?

Hello Parents! We received lots of questions during LTM’s about how students will be placed in classes in high school, especially in math. Each high school has a different process for math placement. Some have placement tests, others use teacher recommendations. Some schools require letters from teachers, others simply require teacher signatures on registration forms. Students are currently finishing Algebra 1. Depending on the student and what school she is attending, she might retake Algebra 1, OR move into the next course after Algebra 1, either Geometry or Algebra 2, depending on the math progression at her high school.

*Helpful side note: each SGS student gets a letter verifying that they’ve met WA state history credit as part of their transcript.

## The Idea Incubator unit – including App Coding!

The Idea Incubator project tasks students to come up with a unique invention or innovative idea that has the potential to positively influence the world. They then develop their idea by working through the stages of the Design Cycle, learning to code and developing an App through Code.org’s App Lab, and working to solidify their ideas using supportive data analyzed and graphed via Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.  At the end of the unit, all student their ideas to a panel of real life female entrepreneurs and business leaders!  Think: Invention Convention meets the reality TV show The Shark Tank!

#### App Lab

This unit introduces the foundational concepts of computer programming, which unlocks the ability to make rich, interactive apps. This course uses JavaScript as the programming language, and App Lab as the programming environment to build apps, but the concepts learned in these lessons span all programming languages and tools.