Erosion Engineering

January 29, 2017 at 9:00 am (News, Science) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Alright stop!   Collaborate and listen.  The Little V’s are back with a brand new invention.  Vantaztic Learning has some mad skills on the mic, but even I can’t touch the brilliance that came from these young problem-solvers.  Your mind will be blown back to the 90’s to when we thought this track was solid,

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as you listen to these clever devils collaborate.  See the thought process unfold for yourself as the scientists explain how their prototypes will slow beach erosion.

Makerspaces Engineering Erosion Project

Some background info for our readers:  The kids spent a day to design a blueprint of how their idea would look and created a write up of how it works.

Makerspaces Engineering

Day two (this day) was focused on creation of their sketch.  Next week they will test their project to see if it does in fact work, and if for some reason not, back to the drawing board.  For our fourth event day, we’ve invited a couple of professionals from our local community with background knowledge and first hand experience in beach renourishment to visit and listen to the students as they present their ideas, discuss the successes and drawbacks of the pretesting, and share their improvements.  Suppose we’ll have to wait to add more until testing and discussion take place, so for now . . . hit the hi-hat.  Word to your mother.

Makerspaces Engineering
Makerspaces Engineering


Makerspaces Engineering

We’re back and ready to share what worked and what needed modifications.  Our guest shall be here at the end of the month.  Enjoy, we’ll back after this paid programming announcement.

Erosion Wave Model


Engineering a Way to Slow Erosion
Wave Erosion Testing

2/23/17 Mr. Rudolph, “Rudi”, stopped in to listen to the young minds share their ideas and models to prevent beach erosion.  Mr. Rudi works for the Carteret County Shoreline Protection in Emerald Isle, NC.  He shared how to combat the erosion issue with the method Carteret County uses, dredging sand onto the beaches.  Fun Fact:  Sand is classified as sand if it is between 1/16-2 mm in size, any larger and it is mud, and then gravel.  Fun Fact:  An average of 1 million cubic yards are pumped onto the beach for a given project.  Fun Fact:  If sand is the erosion problem, then the solution is sand, putting it back to where it belongs.  The kids were engaged and developed terrific questions such as, “Would my hurt the environment?”, “How much sand is used to dredge back onto the beach?”, “How do you know when too much erosion is happening?”, and “What is your favorite part of your job?”.  Super way to end the week.  We are definitely spoiled to have so many resources at our fingertips.


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Living Wax Museum

April 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm (News) (, , , , , , , , , )

2014-15 Lovely Bunch

2014-15 Lovely Bunch



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Rain Garden

March 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm (News) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

To quote Ice Cube, ” Today was a good day.”

Today Was A Good Day

I don’t often put out a whole day of events, but was today a good day to be a Little V.  Kids began the morning blogging on the pros and cons of Solar Roadways, backing up their position on this topic, and making solid positive comments on each others posts (zero internet trolls).   Check out their KidBlog and parents, feel free to leave a positive comment on your child’s post.

After specials we grabbed the tape and marker flags to stake out the possible location of our school rain garden.  The kids polled where they thought it be best used after the past few weeks of observing the rain pools around campus.  We measured the perimeter, calculated the area, converted all measurements from feet to inches (just because we can), and then sketched layouts of where plants should go and the direction of water flow.

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Our last block of the day was dedicated to reading for 20 minutes, and then transitioned into inquiry based learning rotating through seven science stations that themed around energy, movement, and change.  Great observations, discovery, and conversation in this chapter of our day.  The little engineers that could ranked and debated which type of energy was most crucial: mechanical, light, wind, electromagnetic, solar, etc.

I wonder if the one percent-ers running the standardized testing cash cow gamut can place these experiences in a multiple choice format?


Check out the side for videos on today either on flickr or twitter or any other er that social media offers.

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