Introducing our START Volunteers!

Oh, how we love our Dartmouth START volunteers!  The students were so anxious to get to know the new volunteers that they asked me to interview them during our planning meeting this afternoon.  Get ready to watch some amazing lessons that stir our biology unit objectives and the arts into a delectable brain combination.


So . . . . meet (from left to right). . . .

***Beverly!  She is an art major, and she loves to play scary video games.  She is from Wisconsin, and her favorite color is orange.

***Regan!  Regan loved us so much last year that she has volunteered to return to our class this fall!  How cool is that!  Regan is undecided about her major, but she is minoring in education and loves her education classes.  She is from Baltimore, Maryland, and her favorite season is fall.  She really loves to be outside, especially by the Connecticut River when she is at Dartmouth.

***Autumn!  Autumn is a psychology major, and she especially loves running, running, running.  She was in 4-H growing up, and she was excited to hear that not only do we know about 4-H around here, but some members of our class have their own farm animals and know about showing.  She had horses and goats in 4-H, and she is from Virginia.

***Our wonderful leader, Mary Gaetz!  Mary is the outreach coordinator at the Hopkins Center.  She studied theater, brings lots of children’s theater to the area, and directs plays in the community as well.  She has a husband and two cats, and she grew up in Kansas.

Engineer Gabriel Challenges You to . . . . More Bots!

Bots and more bots! Now that you have been thoroughly enjoying your scribblebot at home, are you ready for more engineering? Here are some more ideas to try, plus we’re sure you have many of your own ideas. If you try more engineering, share a picture with Miss Blessing for our blog!

Upcycled Toy Car Marker Bot
by Anne Carey at Left Brain Craft Brain

Use your scribblebot motor with an old hot wheels to try a new style of scribbling.  Don’t forget that you need to make the motor unbalanced in order to get the scooting motion.  You can also use a broccoli band to hold the wires on the battery if you don’t want to attach a bulky battery holder.

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This website also has an idea for minion brush bots.



There are lots of ways to make bristlebots!  They vibrate around like homemade hex bugs.  Just ask your parents to google “bristlebots” if you want to see other ideas for making these, but here’s one of my favorite engineering websites to try.

How to Make a Better Bristlebot on Instructables

And just to get your brain churning, look at all these other bot ideas engineers just like you have come up with!

More Bots on Instructables!


Oh, 2nd and 3rd grade engineers, YOU HAVE JUST BEGUN!!!!!!!!!

World Rhino Day

What a treat! Wesley Stocken, one of my wonderful writers when I first came to MVCS who is now in middle school, recently won a prize for his rhino book. He generously sent our class a copy of his book plus supplies to make African spin drums so we could join him in celebrating World Rhino Day last Thursday. Thank you, Wesley!

Meet Engineer Gabriel!

I’d like to introduce you to Gabriel, the astounding engineer of the Fanbot 3000 that heartily greets every young engineer as he or she enters our room this year.  As one of my former Sunday School students,  I offered him an engineering challenge this summer, and he took it on with great skill.  He is a passionate investigator, questioner, artist, and more.  Stay tuned for more blog posts from him.

Cliffhanger:  I “paid” him with engineering supplies such as wires, batteries, and switches, and wait until you see what he did as a scribblebot followup!