The KB and KE art classes recently completed their paper maracas. This geometry-oriented sculpture project helps students understand the concept of the cylinder by making one. The cylinder is the base form upon which students used paper, unpopped popcorn, cotton, glue, and tape to express their creativity. Kindergarten assistant teachers Mrs. Baker (KB) and Mrs. Edmison (KE) graciously assist Mr. Bell during the kindergarten art classes. They are shown in the photos with their classes.
From the 6th grade Art Tech classes, a plant cell pillow by Maddy Wakefield, a cell pillow by Logan Kendrick and a teddy bear pillow by Lilly Hass appear below. The STEAM-based plant cell project teaches basic sewing skills and reinforces science content. Creating animal pillows encourages students to express themselves more freely with cloth sculpture.
Sixth graders Preston Edmison and Jay Blick solved a coding challenge to make autonomous Lego Spike Prime robots use color sensors to follow a line, shoot a ball, pick up two objects, and return to base. They wrote the programming code on their iPads and downloaded it to the robots. Fellow students cheer them on as they run the robots and catch the ping pong balls in the video titled "SPCS 6th grade line follower catapult robots.mov". Students in our Friday after-school robotics group built the robots for use with coding challenges in the Art Tech classes, as well as for their own work.
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.