This year, students from both BFA and GEMS were able to go to the first ever School Maker Day at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn, in Shelburne. Students had the opportunity to explore and engage in experiments and projects around electronics, coding, robots, 3D printing, drones and music. This was a great way to take connect the innovative learning … Continue reading The FWSU Story: GEMS and BFA Go To School Maker Day
This week completes our first week of school for the 2020-2021 school year! It was a return like no other. Or was it? There are still some things about a new school year that not even a pandemic can obscure, change, or take away from us here in FWSU. Bus drivers are still cool… It’s … Continue reading Welcome Back!
In February, thousands of dedicated and well-meaning educators just like myself scour their classrooms and school libraries for books on Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and other famous Black Americans. And, it’s not enough. I fell into the trap, too, big time this year, as I visited many classrooms in my school … Continue reading Black History Month, Every Month
What is a Maker Faire? A Maker Faire is an opportunity for discussion, expression, creativity, and FUN! The expression on the faces of both adults and children show it all. On a February school night, the GEMS cafeteria was elbow-to-elbow as parents, children, and students attended the maker event with enthusiasm and excitement. Everyone had the opportunity to create, … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: Georgia Students Present Maker Faire
The Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) outlines eight practices that are essential for all students to learn. Included in those practices is the ability to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information. The advancement of science depends on scientists clearly and persuasively communicating findings with others. A significant practice of science is thus to present ideas … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: Fletcher Maker Space Ignites Learning
For the past few weeks, students were challenged to learn how to design using rapid prototyping on the Cricut Maker. Rapid prototyping allows students to develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a design process. This learning cycles helps them value the whole process and not just the end product in a meaningful way. … Continue reading The FWSU Story: GEMS 4th Graders Work Through Design Process
We are excited to share that after nearly two years of significant work, the Long Range Facilities Committee (LRFPC) has recommended, and the BFA Fairfax School Board has accepted, a building bond not to exceed $26.4 million. The bond proposal reflects a balance of the immediate needs and goals, while providing options for both the … Continue reading The FWSU Story: BFA Fairfax School Board Approves Building Bond
On Saturday, BFA Fairfax’s Robotics and Engineering Club, affectionately known as Team Poutine, participated in the 3rd Annual Aiken K-12 Maker Faire & Engineering Challenge (formerly known as the TASC challenge) at UVM, hosted by UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. So, what’s with the name? Last year, when we were rebooting the team, … Continue reading THE FWSU STORY: BFA Fairfax Team Poutine Takes Second Place in UVM Aiken Maker Challenge
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