Students are starting to finish up the SIM City portion of the Future Cities project. Each team had a SIM player and a SIM reflector. The player and the reflector worked together to complete the two project reflections. The reflections will be scored based off the quality of the reflection and how well each team met their goals. The final SIM reflection needs to be submitted no later than Monday, Nov. 11th. The SIM City reflection represents 60 points and will be assessed by the STEM Forward judges in the coming weeks.
The essay writer and essay support person have spent the past several weeks using all the research their team collected to complete each part of the essay. The essay has been broken down into smaller sections, so students can focus on one topic at a time. The knowledge and research gained from the essay will be directly applied to how teams will construct their model in the coming weeks. Teams should be half way point for their essay heading into fall break.
Coming Up: Model Launch
Before teams will be allowed to start working on the model the follow steps need to be completed, so teams have an adequate background knowledge to begin the model building process. Once teams complete these expectations, they will start building the model.
1) Teams need to have completed the SIM City reflections, both one and two.
2) Teams should be about 80% done with the research essay.
3) Teams need to construct the smallest and tallest building in their city to scale.
4) Teams should have a bin full of recyclables to use to build their model.
One way that families can start helping their students will be in saving recyclables. The model portion of the project, which we will start later, requires the use of recyclable materials to build. Successful teams during this phase of the project have a wide variety of materials with which to work. Students will be assigned bins in the coming weeks when they can start bringing these recyclables to school.