Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fifth Grade Creates IO Machines

 Friday, May 4th, was not only International Star Wars Day, it was also Forest Creek's annual Science Day!  Students were able to bring out their inner scientist and explore in many different stations.  Students were able to create IO Machines (Input Output Machines) in the computer lab.  The website encourages students to "brush up on your geometry, dust off your protractor, and architect a machine only you could have dreamt of."  When visiting the website, students are confronted with a blank area on top of a grid.  With only three buttons (toolbox, play, and new machine) and no instructions, students were able to figure out how to get a ball from one side of the screen to the other side.  The teachers joined in on the fun and the students were thrilled to see how much longer it took the teachers to figure it out. The students had a great time building their machines.  The website is linked here.  Please note that a Google account is required to play.

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