Earthquakes, Moon Landings, and Video Games!

Earthquakes, Moon Landings, and Video Games!
Earthquakes, Moon Landings, and Video Games!
Jenna Buesser

Thursday, December 14, 2017 marked the Middle School's first "Design Day" for the 2017-2018 academic year. Students spent the day participating in various design challenges and activities. Highlights of the day included:

  • "Seismic Shake-up" Activity: 7th and 8th graders were challenged to design a structure that could survive an earthquake using only coffee stirrers and clay. Students had to test their structures by simulating an earthquake with a handmade "shake table".
     
  • "NASA Touchdown" Activity: 5th and 6th graders were tasked to design, build, and test a shock-absorbing spacecraft with only a plastic cup and a handful of office supplies. The catch? The spacecraft must survive a one foot drop without launching the "astronauts" (in this case, two marshmallows) into space!
     
  • Guest Speaker Ken Rolston: Middle School students and staff spent part of the afternoon transfixed by internationally-celebrated game designer Ken Rolston. Ken discussed the history of his career, the importance of failure, and his advice for what entails a good game design. Many thanks to Ken Rolston for coming to Red Oaks!

Check out highlights from Design Day in the gallery above!