It’s a quirky and fun annual tradition for us…the Long-View Cardboard Regatta. This tradition started as a Build Week but moved to a community activity that is jointly run by the kids and staff of Long-View. The challenge? Design and build a human-powered boat that can carry one crew member (“the captain”) to the middle of Lake Austin and back, navigating the regatta course along the way. The boat may only be made of cardboard and duct tape.
Seventeen teams went through the registration process this year, submitting paperwork and blueprints, and readying themselves for the regatta. With boat names like "Zombies Can’t Swim,” “Shoo-Shoo,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Sloth,” and “USS Sinker,” we knew it was going to be a fun event! As always the coveted trophy (made out of cardboard, of course!) was the prize. See the event captured in this photo album.
Tomorrow will be a busy morning, as all learners will be going out on field experiences focused on art interpretation. Teal & Indigo learners are headed to The Blanton, while Auburn & Navy learners are taking a walking tour of a handful of sculptures from UT’s Landmarks Collection. All bands have been preparing for these trips through a series of Campfire conversations over the last weeks….
We are often asked about our Computer Science program, as it is (unfortunately) unusual for young kids to learn the principles of Computer Science within Python, and atypical that they don’t start in a platform meant for kids, such as Scratch or game-based coding platforms.
In this short video, we explain our program more fully, give you a glimpse into the interactive and collaborative atmosphere in our CS Blocks, and reveal more about the assumptions that drive our program. You’ll also get to hear the perspectives of Long-View learners: Grayson, Clara, Finley, Miles, and Juliet explain how they’ve grown through this program, what they see as unique about the Long-View CS curriculum, and why they enjoy coding so much….
Studying graphs and thinking about data visualization has been a thread across the year, most especially during Campfire conversations and in Science Block. We’ve regularly analyzed and discussed some of the amazingly beautiful and fascinating graphs highlighted in The New York Times’ “What’s Going On With This Graph?” program, and our young scientists have had many thoughtful lessons and discussions related to how scientists use graphs to analyze and communicate data (great example can be found here). Yesterday, Auburn and Navy Banders walked over to The University of Texas’ VisLab to learn more about data visualization.…
To kick off their environmental science unit, Teal and Indigo Bands headed out this morning for a half day excursion to Whirlpool Cave through Austin Watershed Protection. They climbed deep into the Edward’s Aquifer via caves to explore Austin's unique Karst topography and learn more about our city’s watershed. This experience will be helpful as they later move into a project focused on water quality in which the learners will develop their own water filtration systems.….