I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to integrate my passion for technology into our school culture. This has made me think outside the proverbial box about cross curricular application. I long for time to work with other teachers to co-teach, but alas this is very difficult to come by. I have connected with a few colleagues but we are really using our own time to get any projects done. I recently reached out to our Global Perspectives and Foods teachers. We have really been trying to create a sustainable food program at our school. One of the needs to commence this as a "winter" project has meant finding space and the ability to essentially grow food in a basement. We have the necessary room and lights now to tackle watering. Given the school schedule, there is not always someone in the building to water the seedlings. How do we get around that? This is where we come in. We brainstormed a way to water without actually being there. In other words, we Googled automated watering systems. Instructables has a million DYI systems. We made a choice, based on parts availability and the schematics presented. Away we went. There have been bumps thus far, and we are by no means there yet, but boy has it been fun! I will post a video of our process soon.
Striving to explore flip: explain in order to engage!