Maker Faire!

On Saturday, I went to the Maker Faire in San Mateo. It was my first time…and I think I’ll return every year now.

“Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.”


Robots, electronic intruments, crafts, marshmallow shooters, crazy bicycles, alternative energy cars, flaming art, battling robots, power too drag racing….just a little taste.

Here are some of my pictures and also a few from their website.


1) Read “Darwin”

2) Complete HW#28: Darwin Reflections

Due date:

Block I: next Monday, May 12

Block II: next Tuesday, May 13

Block III: next Monday, May 12


Science Fair grades will be out next week!

Great job! It was an awesome Science Fair!

Geology test

I just realized I forgot to post the dates for the Geology test!  Sorry…however, this should not be a surprise since we’ve been talking about it for weeks now!  And going on the study guide in class should be a hint.

Here’s the deal for the Geology test.  It is an OPEN-NOTE test….meaning you can write whatever information you deem necessary on a 5″ x 8″ index card.  You may use both sides.  Now, DON’T FORGET TO STUDY!  Since you will have the card, I will ask more questions that will require you to APPLY your knowledge.  I don’t want to test your skills of “finding the answer” on the your note card.


Block I: next Monday, May 5

Block II: next Tuesday, May 6

Block III: next Monday, May 5

Tomorrow is the Science Fair! Bring in your goods!
We’ll set up before snack and you will be presenting your work to visitors throughout the day. The schedule will be posted in the beginning of the day. You will be given a Science Fair observation sheet along with a Self-evaluation regarding your project.

Let’s get excited!!

Geology Study guide

Yes, the evil teacher has scheduled a Geology test for the week AFTER the Science fair.  To be slightly kinder, I’m making it an open-note test.  Each student has received a 5″ by 8″ index card which they can write notes on and bring to the test.  I did warn everybody that they should not fore go studying because of the open-note format.

Next week there will be Block time on Monday and Tuesday set aside to work on the study guide.

Geology Study Guide

Due date:

Block I: next Wednesday

Block II: next Friday

Block III: next Thursday

1) Read “Effects of Volcanoes”

2) Complete HW#27: Explosive Impact

Due Date:

Block I: Wednesday

Block II: Tuesday

Block III: Friday



Display boards are available from Deirdre.

Here are the Final Checklists for the Project:  (Please use them!)

Science Fair Final Checklist

Invention Final Checklist

Earthquake Towers

Here are pictures from our Earthquake Tower building! Thanks to Irene Yun for the lesson plan.