Mrs. Massic's Engineering students participated in a Lego modeling activity today. The object of the activity was to test each team's ability to work as a group, rapidly collect information, plan an assembly process and build a model from an assembly plan. Everyone had to comply with a number of rules, and they were given 30 minutes to prepare a formal assembly plan for a Lego hotel. Teams then used the plans to re-build the Lego hotels. Fun? Challenging? What do you think?
Our Health Science "Compassion in Healthcare" series continued the Friday before winter break with a visit to The Art City Nursing and Rehabilitation center. ALC's Health Science students grabbed some mint hot chocolate and made the trek to the nursing home. The goal was to bring cheer to the elderly patients with Christmas stories, card tricks, and games, but students soon found that these wonderful patients would bring them more than they could offer the patients. One patient sang some of her native Hawaiian carols while she played her ukelele. Another patient shared the letter he wrote to his wife who could not be with him for the holidays. In the end, students learned that health science is rich when compassion is a part of the equation.
In December, the ALC Health Science students organized a service project during their "Compassion in Healthcare" lesson series. They invited the pre-school students from the head start program to a Christmas cookie decorating party. The event was a great success and will likely become an annual tradition. The ALC had about 80 tiny visitors that day and it was a great experience!
The students in Mrs. Massic’s Materials & Processes class made biodegradable plastic/polymer from glycerin, vinegar, corn starch and water. The student pictured is Eli Williams, who attends Spanish Fork High. Eli commented, “My polymer appeared opaque and then clear. It had the viscosity like a smooth paste. I learned that plastics decay slowly, but biodegradable plastics have a faster rate of decay. [So by making this type of polymer] we won’t have as much plastic in the oceans.”