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Mr. Benshoof’s Remote Learning Aerospace Engineering

Welcome to a new experience: Remote Aerospace Engineering.  It’s certainly not ideal, but we’ll do the best we can to finish our class without being able to meet in person!  Here you’ll find all of the online resources that we’ll use to cover topics while we can’t meet together.  If these resources don’t work for you, you can also contact Lathrop high school (907-456-7794) and arrange to pick up paper assignments instead!

I’m here to help you out in any way I can.  Feel free to e-mail or join me for a video-chat anytime throughout the week.  I can help with our class, other classes your in, or if you just want to say hi!

 

E-MAIL              Zoom Info in Your E-mail

 Complete the Week 4 Video Scavenger Hunt! 

WHAT IS REMOTE LEARNING?

Well, “Remote Learning” is what happens when we can’t meet together in school.  Instead of having regular class like we’re used to, some of us will be learning at home on computers, others will be learning at WiFi hotspots on our phones, and others will be learning using pencil and paper as we read about the topics and try out practice problems.

In short: Remote Learning means making sure that YOU continue to learn cool stuff no matter where you are!

There’s no doubt we’re in challenging times.  Make the most of your school time at home, take care of your family, and keep looking for fun ways to apply the digital electronics you know!

Mr. Benshoof is here and happy to help throughout the week.

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ZOOM MEETING

You can join Mr. Benshoof in a video call any day of the week!  We have optional “Virtual Classes” throughout the week based on what period you’re in:

First Period – MONDAYS 10:30-11:30

Second Period – WEDNESDAYS 10:30-11:30

Third Period – FRIDAYS 10:30-11:30

Fourth Period – MONDAYS 11:40-12:40

In addition, Mr. Benshoof has “Virtual Office Hours” on Zoom from 1-2pm on Mon, Wed, Fri and also from 10am – 2pm on Tues & Thurs.

Check your student e-mail for a link to this week’s Zoom meetings!

AIR TABLE

Join our class AirTable so that you can easily organize your assignments, communication, and links.  You can sign up here, and then use AirTable – in connection with our website – to manage your remote learning!

Week 7 Remote Learning Tasks: May 11 - May 15

Welcome to the final week of remote learning for engineering, Spring 2020 edition! This week you need to:

  • Wrap up your individual project, or at least your current progress on it.  Haven’t started a project?  It’s not too late!  Have a cool idea of something fun and easy and get working!
  • Communicate your work with Mr. Benshoof!  Share what you’ve been working on via email, with pictures, video, or by Zoom.  Mr. Benshoof wants to compile stories of your ongoing engineering work from home for a “Virtual Remote Learning Engineering Showcase” at the end of the week.  So now’s the time to share what you’ve ben doing in some way!
  • Even though the school year ends Friday, check back to this website this coming weekend to see the virtual showcase!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead? The work of an engineer never stops!  Keep going this summer by building, designing, and making cool things.  Want some help on your project?   Mr. Benshoof is always available by e-mail (even over the summer) to give you some advice or send cool new resources your way.  Thanks for all your hard work this last quarter, and keep engineering!

Week 6 Remote Learning Tasks: May 4 - May 8

Welcome to week 6 and a chance for your individual project! This week you need to:

  • Now, take some time to consider a new (and short) individual project!
  • This week is open to design and complete your own small engineering project from home.  You’ll need to start by identifying a cool thing to work on, making a simple plan for completion, and then working to make some progress.
  • If you can, take a few pictures or short video about your work as you go!
  • Want help organizing your ideas?  Use the attached planning sheet to guide your work!
  • Next week we’ll look at sharing your progress and what you’ve been working on
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead? Next weeek we’ll wrap up the semester by sharing what you’ve been working on in your at-home remote individual project.  Think about what kinds of pictures or video you might be able to share to let people see the cool thing you were working on.

Week 5 Remote Learning Tasks: April 27 - May 1

Welcome to our discussion on rockets! This week you need to:

  • START by watching a few short YouTUbe videos about rockets and how they launch!
  • Next, go to this Science Lab Rocket simulator.  Try out a few different rocket designs by changing the Mass, Thrust, and Thrust Time.  (*Leave Drag and Mass Change ON*)  See how high you can get your rocket to go!
  • Find your best rocket and enter the data for your results in the class spreadsheet here!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Take some time to look through the last part of the Khan Academy lesson:  Curiosity Rover: Discoveries.  Here you’ll get to see what NASA learned from the Curiosity Rover and you’ll be all set for our discussions of rockets next week!

Week 4 Remote Learning Tasks: April 20 - April 24

This will be our last week looking at rovers.  Next week we’ll turnour attention to rockets! This week you need to:

  •  Go to Khan Academy and find the “Exploring the Universe” lessons that they’ve made in cooperation with NASA.  Work through the Curiosity Rover: Mission Briefing components!
  •  Now get building! Select the Mars rover that you’ve found the most interesting: Curiosity, Opportunity, or Spirit.  Then, using simple things around your home, build a model of that rover!  You might use paper, paper towel tubes, legos, tape, or whatever you have around.  Make a model of therover and take some pictures.  Then, send those pictures on to Mr. Benshoof!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  Take some time to look through the last part of the Khan Academy lesson:  Curiosity Rover: Discoveries.  Here you’ll get to see what NASA learned from the Curiosity Rover and you’ll be all set for our discussions of rockets next week!

Week 3 Remote Learning Tasks: April 13 - April 17

This week you need to:

  •  Go to Khan Academy and find the “Exploring the Universe” lessons that they’ve made in cooperation with NASA.  Work through the entire Mars: Modern Exploration lesson.  You should have looked through this last week, but if you haven’t finished up each of the parts get those wrapped up!
  •  Still at Khan Academygo through the Mars: Ancient Observations lesson.  This one is shorter than the last, but has some super cool parts to it!
  •  Confirm that you completed the Khan Academy components by adding an entry to the AirTable!
  •  Go to NASA’s overview of NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers and explore!  Fill in the 5-Question Google Form as you explore, letting us know what you found out about the Mars rover missions!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  we’ll look through a lot of the content in the Khan Academy & NASA lessons about Mars.  Feel free to det started on next week’s Rover Wrap-Up.  Among other things, you’ll be asked to look through the Nasa/KhanAcademy information on Exploring the Universe: Curiositry Rover Mission Briefing.

Week 2 Remote Learning Tasks: April 6 - April 10

This week you need to:

  •  Sign up for AirTable to make our communication easier as we start designing!  Use your school district email address for easy sign-up.  Add something to the table to confirm that you can edit things properly.
  •  Go to Khan Academy and find the “Exploring the Universe” lessons that they’ve made in cooperation with NASA.  Work through the entire Mars: Modern Exploration lesson. There are some things to read, some games to play, and some videos to watch.  There will be a few easy questions when you’re done!
  •  Confirm that you completed the Khan Academy components by adding an entry to the AirTable!
  •  Go to NASA’s MARS: Curiosity Rover simulator and explore!  Fill in the 5-Question Google Form as you explore, letting us know what you found out about the Curiosity rover mission!
  •  OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  we’ll look through a lot of the content in the Khan Academy & NASA lessons about Mars.  Feel free to work ahead by watching more videos, playing more games, and answering more questions in the “Exploring the Universe” lesson on Khan Academy!

Week 1 Remote Learning Tasks: March 30 - April 3

 You don’t have to print any of these unless you want to.  They’re all designed to be viewed on a screen and then done either electronically or on scratch paper.

This week you need to:

  • Complete the Home Engineering Scavenger Hunt in Google Sheets!
     View the Assignment          Use The Google Sheet Link
  • Complete the Engineering Design Brainstorming Challenge!
     View the Assignment          Use The Google Sheet Link
  • Complete the Design Drawing Blueprint! Share it with Mr. Benshoof if you can! (e-mail, Google Docs, etc)
     View the Assignment
  • OPTIONAL:  Join Mr. Benshoof in our online class period this week by video chat!  Use the Zoom link in the purple box above to log in at the right time for your class period.  It’ll be fun, we’ll play a game, do some brainstorming, and there won’t be any homework 🙂

Have questions while you’re learning and working?  Video-chat with Mr. Benshoof during his office hours any day!  Check the purple box above for more info.

Want to get ahead?  a big part of our remaining work this year is to study rockets.  We’ll watch some videos, take some notes, and spend a lot of time in a rocket design simulator.  The more you can read and think about rockets the better.

CONTACT MR. BENSHOOF                          christopher.benshoof@k12northstar.org                       ZOOM (10am-2pm Daily): Check Your E-mail