Friday, February 19, 2016

Inspired to Invent

Students at Ogden activated their design and engineering skills by taking apart Dyson vacuum cleaners. They read about all the planning that goes behind brainstorming, designing, redesigning, creating a prototype, testing, and evaluating. This activity helped them launch into their Invention Convention ideas. 

 After a couple of weeks of brainstorming and creating a prototype, students participated in Shark Tank where they presented their ideas and received feedback from their peers and high school mentors. 

-Submitted by Sarah Joe, teacher from Ogden School

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lip Balm That You Can Share Without Spreading Germs Invention at W. Brown

The W. Brown middle school scholars came up with a problem that needed solving: how do you share lip balm without sharing germs? Under the direction of outstanding middle school science teacher and former mechanical engineer Ms. Patrice Morris, the children created lip balms with different inventions to halt germ spreading, tested for germs of different inventions, and built signs advertising their inventions, integrating entrepreneurship with engineering. Kudos to the middle school scholar-engineers and to Ms. Morris!

Submitted by Colleen McGinley and Patrice Morris from William H. Brown

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cereal Scooper Invention Created W. Brown Middle School Scholars

The magnificent middle school scholar-inventors at William H. Brown School of Technology are hard at work creating inventions this month! A team of students designed a cereal scooper and built their invention in the W. Brown STEM Lab. 

Incredible middle school science teacher Patrice Morris has taught the middle school students the Engineering Design Process in conjunction with the Invention Convention methodology and journal recording their process.

 Submitted by Colleen McGinley and Patrice Morris from William H. Brown

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Engineering Challenges at Lozano

The 7th graders at Lozano participated in Engineering Challenges this week!

1. Build a marble ramp out of paper and tape that allows the marble to roll and stop close to the finish line 

2. Build a boat out of 10 straws and 10 inches of plastic wrap that will hold 25 pennies without sinking. 

3. Design and build a toy out of a cardboard tube

- Submitted by Lozano's 7th Grade Science

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Creating Models and Testing Models at W. Brown!

The scholars at William H. Brown are greatly enjoying creating inventions via the Chicago Invention Convention design process. We studied different inventors and inventions. 

The scholars are fascinated by the inventions of Madam C.J. Walker, who was one of the first American women to become a millionaire without a family inheritance, and created inventions tailored to African-American hair. 

The children have thought of a problem they wish to address and brainstormed inventions to solve their problem of choice. Today, the scholars created small models of their invention using materials including playdough and did tests. The students cannot wait to build their "real" inventions. We are thrilled to participate in the Chicago Invention Convention!

- Written by Colleen McGinley, William H. Brown Elementary