Skoolcade 2017 & Video Game Design in the Classroom

This Saturday, I had the honor of serving as a judge at Ventura County’s first annual Skoolcade competition, hosted by Rio Vista Middle School! My fellow judges were an incredible bunch of teachers and industry professionals, the event got great press, but most of all the students wow-ed me with their coding prowess and got me thinking about some ideas for teaching game design in my classes next year.

Below, find links and resources to get your own video game coding started, as well as some screencaps from the winning games.

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BIO LESSON 3: Genetics

 

To wrap up units 1-3, we will create a summative document explaining & illustrating what you’ve learned. Full instructions are here.

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: When we finish this lesson, you should be able to…

  • Explain the mechanism of reproduction and heredity that ensure children look (more) like their parents.
  • Differentiate between DNA, genes, traits, proteins, and chromosomes when talking about the cellular basis of heredity.
  • Contrast the phenotype (traits) of an organism with its genotype (genes), and explain how evolution acts on traits, while heredity passes on genes.
  • Analyze the inheritance of recessive alleles, illustrating with specific examples.
  • Connect genetics and evolution together to tell an evolutionary story with modern tools & examples.

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RESOURCES & LINKS: Our primary resources during this unit include…

BIO LESSON 2: Evolution

Find all assignments, handouts, & resources for lesson 2 on the google document.

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: When we finish this lesson, you should be able to…

  • Contrast evolutionism with the theories of Darwin’s contemporaries.
  • List the requirements a system must meet in order to evolve.
  • Describe and identify natural selection as the mechanism of evolution.
  • Analyze living systems to identify adaptations, selection pressures, and change.
  • Explain the meaning of each concept above in simple, clear language.

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RESOURCES & LINKS: Our primary resources during this unit include…

GEO LESSON 3: Circles & Their Mysterious Ways

Find all assignments, handouts, & resources for lesson 3 on the Lesson 3 Google Document.

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: Students should show they know or learn how to…

  • Describe circles & their features with appropriate, precise vocabulary.
  • Relate circumference, arc measure, and arc length & get one from the other.
  • Find the area of a circle or a circle sector.
  • Solve complex area problems involving circles

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RESOURCES & LINKS: For help or guidance, students may refer to:

  • The Art of Problem Solving Geometry textbook is our main text for this segment. Explanations of all problems are available in Chapter 11 of the physical book. You may also try the following videos from the AOPS website:
  • MEP Textbook – Our secondary text has a short section on circle area & circumference; Section 7.7 lays out some simple equations and problems.
  • The Math is Fun website offers illustrated explanations, equations, and sample problems (with answers!) for these topics:

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DAILY LOG: Look here for updates on every assignment you should complete each day.

MON 6.20.2016

  • Warm Up: Circle Vocabulary
  • Classwork: Section 11.1 Circle Problems
  • Cool Down: Problem Journal Day 5

TUES 6.21.2016

  • Warm Up: ??
  • Classwork: Section 11.2 Circle Problems
  • Cool Down: Problem Journal Day 6

GEO LESSON 2: Polygons & Polyhedra

Find all assignments, handouts, & resources for lesson 2 on the Lesson 2 Google Document.

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: Students should show they know or learn how to…

  • Calculate the interior & exterior angles of a regular polygon
  • Use angle measurements to determine which regular polygons tessellate
  • Show the lines of symmetry in a 3D shape
  • Find the order of rotational symmetry of a 3D shape around each axis
  • Use compass directions to find bearings of points in the 2D plane

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RESOURCES & LINKS: For help or guidance, students may refer to:

  • The MEP chapter 3 on Angle Geometry is the textbook guiding our course. Relevant example problems and definitions are found in the following sections:
    • Section 3.5: Angle Symmetry in Polygons
    • Section 3.6: Symmetry Properties of 3D Shapes
    • Section 3.7: Compass Bearings
  • The Art of Problem Solving videos offer worked examples on:

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DAILY LOG: Look here for updates on every assignment you should complete each day.

WED 6.15.2016 :

  • Warm Up: Angles in Polygons
    –> You found a formula for each interior angle in a regular polygon.
  • Classwork: Section 3.1 Problems 9-14 + Extended Polyhedron Problems
    –> You worked on problems in 2D and 3D with angles, symmetric, and face/edge/vertices
  • Cool Down: Problem Journal Day 3
    –> You wrote about a favorite problem from the day!

FRI 6.15.2016 :

  • Warm Up: Euler’s Characteristic
    –> You found a pattern known as Euler’s Formula!
  • Classwork: Geometry & Topology Introduction
    –> You expanded Euler’s Formula to other shapes, particularly those with holes.
  • Cool Down: Problem Journal Day 4
    –> You wrote about a favorite problem from the day!

GEO LESSON 1 : Angles & More

Find all assignments, handouts, & resources for lesson 1 on the google document.

INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS: Students should show they know or learn how to…

  • Count the number of lines of symmetry in a figure.
  • Determine the order of rotational symmetry of a figure
  • Find the missing angle in a triangle (using the Triangle Sum = 180o Theorem)
  • Find the second angle in a linear pair (knowing the two angles sum to 180o)
  • Classify a quadrilateral based on its properties
  • Tessellate a shape on a grid
  • Use relationships in parallel lines to determine missing angles

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RESOURCES & LINKS: For help or guidance, students may refer to:

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DAILY LOG: Look here for updates on each assignment you will complete.

MON 6.13.2016 :

  • Warm Up: WODB? Angles
    You worked together to come up with reasons why an angle didn’t belong. We used vocabulary to classify acute, right, obtuse, straight, and reflex angles. Excellent work developing a reason for each and every angle!
  • Classwork: Section 3.1 Problems #1 – 8
    You reviewed angle-chasing problems in triangles and parallel lines, and learned new ideas about rotational symmetry and tessellation. You agreed right away on most answers, and worked together to discuss and prove the tricky angle in problem 5.
  • Cool Down: Problem Journal Day 1
    Jacob chose to record a new problem about finding the order of rotational symmetry of a shape, while Benoit elected to write about remembering how to use triangles to find mission angles.

TUE 6.14.2016 :

  • Warm Up: Beastly Symmetry
    Today, you reviewed reflection and rotation symmetry!
  • Classwork: Advanced Angle Chasing
    Building on the basic skills from Monday, you tackled some extra challenging problems that required you to put all your different angle theorems together. Benoit figured out the answer for a tricky problem with almost no labeled angles. Jacob turned a guess-and-check into an algebra strategy for easy solving.
  • Cool Down: Problem Journal Day 2
    We rushed a bit to jot this down, but each of you recorded some notes about the day!