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!

 

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.

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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

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.

As you and your student register for classes this spring, inquire about what you need to place into your preferred classes. Some parents like to think about balancing classes or honors classes with out of school activities. Others think about how their student might adjust to a higher work load and what might be the best course load. If you are unsure, feel free to email the SGS 8th grade teacher directly (who needs to give you the recommendation) or have students bring in their registration guide and course descriptions and advisors can help navigate. We are happy to go over this with your student and make recommendations. Every student is different and we will support you and your family through this process!

*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!

banner-idea-incubatorThe 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.