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5th Grade Academy
Instructor: Mr. Gudenius   

Academy students in grades five and six will focus on extending and applying mathematical concepts in the areas of architectural design and robotics programming/engineering. During each Academy class, students will spend the first half of the class completing an accelerated math lesson which matches the curriculum and standards being taught in the students' homerooms. The second half of each Academy class will include technical application and synthesis of knowledge to solve problems using computer technology.

For half of the year, students will learn about the principles and design process involved in architectural planning. This will include practice with making precise technical models using Google SketchUp, a free 3D CAD program. During the other half of the year, students will use Lego Mindstorms Robotics to learn principles of engineering, computer programming, and artificial intelligence.
Discussion Topics
Blog Entry "Micro-Homes" Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 9:27 AM Discuss
Blog Entry People, Spaces, and Environments Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 Discuss
Blog Entry Ancient Architecture Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Discuss
Blog Entry Robot Used to Explore Ancient Tunnel in Mexico Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 6:24 PM Discuss
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Files
 SketchUp Examples 2010
Examples of student work -- 3D architectural CAD models using Google SketchUp
 The Academy Newsletters
Academy newsletters in PDF format for viewing, saving, or printing

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