App & Game Development 7-12

App & Game Development 7-12

In App and Game Development today, we started by creating a game called “BounceUp!” in the spirit of a classic iPhone game called Doodle Jump! Students created multiple levels of jumping from platform to platform with fire hot at their heels. Then some students volunteered to demonstrate their game to the class, and let others try their creation. BounceUp showed students how to utilize external user input, and advanced sprite behaviors that use Construct 2’s physics engine. Finally, students worked on a maze game, rounding out their knowledge of character movement and level design.

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Engineering Explorations 7-12: A Series of Circuitous Events

Engineering Explorations 7-12: A Series of Circuitous Events

In this lesson, our engineers applied the knowledge they learned earlier in the week in a race to assemble two different types of circuits, parallel and series. Their creativity really lit up the room as they explored the difference between these two circuit types by powering LED lights in each of these styles.

Ask your student: What is the main difference between parallel and series circuits? (Only one path in a series circuit; parallel there are multiple paths) Which circuit style causes voltage drop? (series)

Fun Fact: Refrigerators, freezers, and water heaters use series circuits while electrical outlets in a room, house, or building use parallel circuits.

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MicroSTEM 7-12: Ionic Compounds

MicroSTEM 7-12: Ionic Compounds

Today, in MicroSTEM, the students built upon their knowledge of atoms and ions as they used their own bodies to represent atoms and ions that bond to form ionic compounds. The students played a game where they were challenged to find a partner “match” to create an ionic compound with a net charge of zero. Also, today in MicroSTEM, the students built simple ionic compounds and then created crystalline structures with the whole class.

Ask your students:  To create a neutral ionic compound with a Sodium ion (+1 charge), what charge would the other ion have to be? (-1 charge)

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