October 2, 2018

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:24 PM by James Falletti   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 2:26 PM ]

As discussed in class, after reading the Future City Competition Program Handbook, I have come to understand that it would actually be better to work on the Future City Essay first while working on your research. Why? On page 30 of the Future City Competition Program Handbook it gives you a list of questions that you need to answer your essay, which then builds the creative foundation needed to plan and design your Future City - leading your team to then build your actual city to scale.

Homework: You and your Group must complete the questions from Page 30 of the Future City Competition Program Handbook on your Google Doc that has been shared with everyone in your group through Google Drive - and start your first draft of your essay. All documents must be submitted through your Google Account which should be labeled: Grade and Section + the group number and Future City Project as it is provided here 8A-2 Future City Project 


What is Future City?

posted Oct 3, 2018, 2:08 PM by James Falletti

What is Future City?

Future City starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place? To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. Past topics include stormwater management, urban agriculture, public spaces, and green energy. The 2018-2019 theme is Powering Our Future! Teams will design a resilient power grid for their future city that can withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

Participants complete five deliverables: a virtual city design (using SimCity); a 1,500-word city essay; a scale model built from recycled materials; a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the Finals in Washington, DC in February. After completing Future City, student participants are not only prepared to be citizens of today’s complex and technical world, but also poised to become the drivers of tomorrow.

Engineering and so much more

This flexible, cross-curricular educational program gives students an opportunity to do the things that engineers do—identify problems; brainstorm ideas; design solutions; test, retest and build; and share their results. This process is called the engineering design process. With this at its center, Future City is an engaging way to build students’ 21st century skills. Students participating in Future City:

  • Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues

  • Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills

  • Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges

  • Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options

  • Learn how their communities work and become better citizens

  • Develop strong time management and project management skills

Future City Competition Video

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:47 PM by James Falletti

Future City Competition

Future City Project: January 16, 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:47 AM by James Falletti

Today we further discussed your Future City Project. Future City is a project-based learning program where students in Middle School  imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future. Here are the facts about the project:

  • Students have been broken up into three (3) groups

  • One (1) student has been selected  as a project manager

  • One (1) Binder is needed: 1.5” - 2.0”

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

  • Groups must research a country where their chosen SDG would have the greatest impact: Nigeria, India, China, United States, Greece, Colombia, ...whatever you want.

  • Once you chose the Country that best fits your needs, research a specific city that you will focus on.

  • Research the following information:

    • Continent

    • Country

    • Neighboring Country(ies)

    • Terrain (Coastal, Mountains, Desert, etc…)

    • Climate

    • Natural Resources

    • Average Income

    • Typical Jobs

    • Religion(s)

    • Language(s)

    • Education

    • Health Issues and Life Expectancy

    • Population

    • Demographics

    • Government

    • Leisure Activities

    • Family Life

    • Type of Housing

  • What is the challenge you will try to solve?

  • What Solutions have they tried?

    • What has been tried?

    • Success/Failure

    • Reasons

  • What will you try to do? Why?

  • Each group will create a trifold Brochure (more information will be provided)

  • Each group will create a presentation on Google Slide or a Video about their Future City and how it has changed with your ideas and innovations

  • Each group will present a graphic rendition of their Future City

  • Each group will provide an Essay discussing their Future City and;

    • Where their city was and where it is now after you addressed the SDG’s

    • How your designs have changed not only the city your discussing, but surrounding cities and towns

    • What your Future City offers

    • Minimum of 3 - 5 pages

  • Each group will build a portion of their Future City, so follow these instructions:

    • Your group has a cap of $100.00 for their project. Your team must keep a detailed list of everything spent on building this project. NO TEAM MAY EXCEED $100.00.

    • Teams should look for recycled materials to keep the cost down.

    • Each group MUST build their Future City on a piece of Plywood. Talk to each team to split the difference.

    • Communicate with each other and each team

    • Their needs to be at least two moving features

      • Electric

      • Mechanical

      • Hydraulics

      • Other

    • Include Energy Sources

      • Wind

      • Solar

      • Water

      • Nuclear

      • Renewable or Non-Renewable Resources

      • Other

    • Teams may use the following materials and objects to make their projects meet the creativity or ART aspect of STEAM by using:

      • Lights

      • Model Material (trees, bushes, animals, people, etc…)

      • Paint

      • Wiring

      • Cars

      • Other

Emma Watson Introduces the World's Largest Lesson

Future City Competition Overview

December 12, 2017

posted Dec 13, 2017, 8:39 AM by James Falletti

Log in to with the credentials that I gave you in class and practice. Here's how you're going to get graded each week.

  • Play Four (4) to Seven (7) Days with 7 Battles to get an "O"

  • Play Three (3) days minimum with 7 Battles to get an "S"

  • Anything less than three (3) days and less than 7 Battles will result in a lower grade

  • Not logging in and practicing will result in a Zero (0)

Bonus Points for anyone who practices Five (5) Days with 10 Battles over the Christmas Break

Also - students need to bring in a one (1) subject notebook to class every week.

  • write your username and password for both your email, prodigy, and any other school program that you use.

  • use the pages as a doodle notebook where you can

    • write out the problems from prodigy as scrap paper

    • design and create ideas for the makerspace

    • brainstorm

Attached, you'll find a file with some problems with fractions with step by step instructions on how to figure out the answer. Feel free to use the following link to help you with your problems as a way to check your answers:

October 24, 2017

posted Oct 24, 2017, 8:20 AM by James Falletti

Today was Brain Game Day in the Makerspace!

We played with Circuit Maze (Lessons on Circuits), Gravity Maze (Lesson on Movement and Energy), Laser Maze (Lesson on Angles and How Lasers work), Rush Hour (Thinking game), Trivia, and Dice Games (for probability). It's always a great time when students can learn and have fun doing it.

October 17, 2017

posted Oct 17, 2017, 9:05 AM by James Falletti

I think I may have melted your brain a little bit today - and that's okay! We discussed and tinkered with Google Sheets, which is the Google form of Microsoft Excel. We created a Data Chart, Used the Data to make a Column Bar Chart/Graph, and Plugged in some basic formulas to find the Mean, Median, and Mode. Attached tot his post is a link to the actual Google Sheet that we worked on. 

Homework: Finish your Google Sheet by finding the Mean, Median, and Mode for each of the Columns and Rows. 
Mean (Average) =AVERAGE(#:#)
Median =MEDIAN(#:#)
Mode =MODE(#:#)

Here's a screenshot of what we worked on today:

October 10, 2017

posted Oct 10, 2017, 12:46 PM by James Falletti

Today we reviewed and discussed your Google Slides - providing group constructive criticism and support. Next week we shall explore Google Sheets

Google Spreadsheets is a Web-based application that allows users to create, update and modify spreadsheets and share the data live online. The Ajax-based program is compatible with Microsoft Excel and CSV (comma-separated values) files. Spreadsheets can also be saved as HTML.

October 3, 2017

posted Oct 3, 2017, 11:47 AM by James Falletti

8th Grade Google Slide Practice

Create a Google Slide presentation in class about yourself! You must include the following information:

  • Five (5) Pages or more

  • Be creative: use photos, images, graphics, colors, etc…..

  • Slide One (1) Title Page with a catchy Title and Your Name

  • Slide Two (2): About you

    • When were you born

    • Where were you born

    • Family History

    • Etc…

  • Slide Three (3): Your Likes and Dislikes

    • Food and Beverages

    • Sports? Games?

    • Music

    • Clothing

    • Etc…

  • Slide Four (4): Your Friends

    • Tell me about your friends and why they are your friends

  • Slide Five (5): Your Future

    • What do you want to do after Corpus Christi School

Sept. 26., 2017

posted Sep 29, 2017, 1:58 PM by James Falletti   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 2:06 PM ]

Great job today learning about Google Slides. Keep practicing the techniques, shortcuts, and cool new tools that I showed you in class. 

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