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RMA Gets “UGLY”

Happy Thanksgiving RMA Families. We did not have time to share this with our students but we know many of you would like to get a head start on shopping and/or crafting for this friendly competition….

RMA First Annual Ugly sweater competition. Students can enter the ugly sweater competition by either bringing in an unwrapped toy or a $2.00 donation which will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Donations will be turned into Science classes – to Mrs. Bekka Stasny and Mrs. Shelbi Ericsson by December 13. Students will be given a sticker which will allow them to participate in the “Ugliest” iLead competition on Dec. 15 -RMA Staff and Students will vote on the iLead class with the “ugliest” participation. Students who have made a donation to Toys for Tots will also be allowed to wear school appropriate blue jeans, Santa hats, antlers etc. –School uniform shirts must be worn under their ugly sweaters. The iLead who is determined to be the “ugliest” will earn a party, classroom trophy and bragging rights.
Please send questions to Bekka Stasny via Facebook or email at stasnyr@manateeschools.net

 

 

Save Fred

Can you save Fred?

Fred the gummy worm has been spending his time boating. He never learned to swim and he never wears his life preserver. Fred’s boat capsized and he is stuck. His life preserver is caught under the boat and he cannot reach it without falling into the water and drowning. Can you help save Fred without touching Fred, his life preserver, or his boat?

The Solar Eclipse

250 + students and staff experienced a once in a life time opportunity – the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. We had a great time learning about eclipses and how to safely view the solar eclipse.      

Having fun at Bradenton DoD at Electa A. Lee Magnet Middle School @DiscoveryEd #depd #DODBradenton @Manateeschools… https://t.co/yiKbcW4KOj


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Dot Day – September 15, 2016

Each year I have the students “Make Their Mark.” We read the book THE DOT by Peter H. Reynolds. The book encourages readers to “make your mark and see where it takes you.”

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About This Book – http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/dot#cart/cleanup

“With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark — and follow where it takes us.

Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw; she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us”

We tie in Science by having students learn about paper chromotography and then see what happens when they make their mark on a filter with markers. See how my students made their mark.

 

 

 

September 2014 – 3D printing and 3DRV

3D Printing – Science, not Science Fiction

I was trying to remember when I first got the wild idea that my classroom needed a 3D printer and I think it all started at FETC 2014. Usually this is a time when I am completely overwhelmed with new tech and a million ideas of how I am going to incorporate all these new things into my classroom. My friend, fellow teacher and Discovery Education DEN STAR, Tracie Belt told me about all of the great things her librarians were doing at their school, Shorecrest Prep in St. Pete Florida. Check them out at: http://www.shorecrest.org/Page/Academics/Carleen-Vinal-Haskell-Library

I knew that I needed to find a way to get a 3D printer for my classroom. With all of the budget cuts our district was facing, I knew I would have to find my own funding. I wrote my first grant, 3D printing – Science, not Science Fiction and was awarded $500 through the Manatee Education Foundation Cash for Classroom Grants http://mefinfo.org/educators_schools/

Although $500 is a great start, I knew I would need more money and more information about how 3D printing would have a positive impact on my students’ learning.

Then out of the blue, my college roommate, Amanda Keniston of 3/Thirds http://think3thirds.com/ contacted me on Facebook on September 19, 2014.

Amanda told me about TJ McCue and his 3DRV project and that TJ was going to be touring in Florida in the next few days. I checked out TJ’s blog and posted on the 3DRV Facebook page that they needed to swing by my school. http://3drv.com

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Well, by some miracle, TJ McCue, his wife Susan and son Joshua took a detour in their 3DRV and headed to Electa A. Lee Magnet Middle School in Bradenton.

Over 350 students filled the cafetorium and were completely enthralled for over an hour as TJ and his family told us about their 3D journey. From that point on, we were hooked…

Watch a video of Tj McCue’s Presentation