Today we talked about quality experimental design. We created test tube "dead bodies" and placed the bodies in a variety of ambient temperatures to check out what happens to the temperature of a body. I was pleased to see that the results came out fairly well. This lab is designed to give students some practice with experimental design before their first group project. We are another step closer to figuring out Anna's death now that we know what time she died.
I have really enjoyed seeing the students in action this week with our first lab activity. Students spent time visiting multiple lab stations to analyze evidence collected from last week's crime scene. We are starting to produce more focused theories for her cause of death and will continue to investigate her untimely demise throughout the semester.
Poor Anna! Students spent our first week getting set up for the rest of the school year. We organized our binders, learned how to create concept maps using Inspiration software and began our investigation into poor Anna's death. Students are using an online learning management system called Canvas to access their curriculum, assignments, grades and feedback. The link to access this information is: https://my.pltw.org/user/login
What a great first day of school! My students make this job so much fun. The first couple of days of class always get bogged down by policies, procedures, lab safety, user names, passwords, ID cards, adds, drops, etc. We kept things interesting today with a few team-building activities.
Congrats to the AM team that created this awesome golf ball stand! They won the collaborative building competition with a height of 12.5 inches and a time of greater than 5 minutes (I finally had to move the stand to prepare for the afternoon session.)
I enjoyed getting to know all of my students today and am really looking forward to this school year. The plan is to get into our actual curriculum tomorrow - can't wait!
What a great turnout for Open House this year! The Biomedical Sciences class had 77% attendance on a day that many of my students had to start school at their home high schools. It was great to meet the majority of my students and parents. I had a mini crime scene set up that represents one of our first activities we will do during class. Students had the opportunity to get sized for their lab coats and visit multiple stations that introduced them to some of the key aspects of our program. I am so excited to get this year started.