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This week's student art features work from various grade levels. Seventh grade crucifix images combine hand-drawing with the electronic tools of the Sketchbook iPad app. The areas within the cross shape around Jesus show people and things for which the artists are thankful.
Second graders made paper and cardboard cross sculptures for presentation in the 8th Grade Saints Program, which was held on November 4th. The second graders rolled all of the cylindrical paper components and measured, cut, and taped the various parts. Students also worked together to ensure that all class members were able to successfully complete their sculptures in time for the event. During their next class, students will begin to apply paper mache to their sculptures.
Third graders of the 3D class are shown launching their paper and cardboard jets in this video which was shot in the gym. Four jets from the 3D class are shown in photos below. Structural reasoning, measurement, design, and considerations of color were important parts of the process as students created their aircraft. The jets of the 3H class will be flying soon.
Two videos (see below) show the 6G and 6W classes at work with their autonomous EV3 robots. These videos provide a glimpse of our students at work in the art-related field of engineering. Students work in teams of three or four to program and test their robots. Sixth graders who chose to work after school on Fridays and during some of their study halls built the robots according to specifications. The students assigned to each table created a paper "catcher" box to mount on their robot. Students use the EV3 Classroom app on their iPads for programming their robots to follow a line, pick up three objects, and return to base. Students copied a code example which they are modifying so it will run successfully on their team's course. All eight courses have different travel distances, so each team must develop different code for its robot. As students test their code, they consider the changes that need to be made. Some students are shown making videos to record their team's progress.
Mr. John Bell, Art Teacher
Mr. Bell focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and presented STREAM (Science, Religion, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) workshops at the Diocesan Teacher Conference, as well as multiple workshops throughout his years in the Diocese.