Everyday when school ends, our goal between our staff is to make sure that every student who comes in gets an individual welcome from one of us. We try and maintain this trend in the hopes that it makes each student feel like they are part of our !mpact family. We really value the connection that students make within !mpact where they can interact with students in different classes and grades that they might not get the opportunity to during the school day. While we want to be a place where students can relax and unwind, we often find that they choose to do that in front of a screen. As a challenge, for one day only, we got rid of our Ipads and video games and asked our kiddos to put down their phones for the entire time they were at !mpact. While we of course didn't make this mandatory, all of our kiddos participated and as a sign of good faith, all the staff did the same. We had a lot of fun using the time to play board games, do simple crafts and just play outside! When we asked a few of them how they felt after the day was over, they said it was kind of nice to put their phone down for a little bit. We did have the realization half was through that we wanted to take some pictures of our day and that we couldn't which led to a fun conversation about what people used to do without cameras on their phones. Luckily our wonderful specialist Mr. O'Neill randomly popped in that day and was able to take the 2 pictures below as proof to document our tech-less ness. Make sure to check in every week to read Ms. Nikki's blogs and see what else we've been up to!
Entry Log 1
Yeah. We'll get right on that Skittles Company. Because WHO HASN’T TRIED TO FIND THE END OF A RAINBOW?!?! *coughs* I'm not salty. I swear.
Here the Skittles Company will say something like, “Well that’s why we made you Skittles! We caught the rainbow! Now you can taste it! Thanks to us. Us. The Skittles Corporation. Your welcome.”
Entry Log 2
It’s taken me two years.
Two years to find people just as dedicated as myself.
Strong, noble, intelligent people.
Filled with heart and commitment to the non-sugar rainbow cause.
And we’ve done it.
We have finally tasted, the new rainbow!!!
BEHOLD OUR CREATION!!!
The camera did not capture the true vibrancy that was there in that moment, but suffice it to say, there were tears among many of us.
Join with us. Break away from the Skittle Corporation's lies that there is only one rainbow flavor!!! Together! We can find ALL THE FLAVORS!!!
And we can truly, truly, taste the rainbow.
By Nikki Bjorklund
The quest of the week has begun. Those who have chosen to undertake the quest's task? To build. To build as they have never built before. This project is entirely focused on being detailed and problem solving.
Let the journey begin.
This week we began a popsicle stick tower build challenge. Now, we've done popsicle stick challenges before, they are a well-loved and fond activity! However, this time, I wanted to see if we could expand on this favorite with a little more detail and a little more thought.
My first step was to make an example to help explain how this one was different. How I wanted them to do more with this build. As announcements began, I explained the challenge with showing them the beginnings of mine and telling them of my future plans for it.
Thus, the quest began.
What began as just a few kids, grew when we got kids back from after school activities and as other kids began to see the creativity take form from the starting kids! I had a kid ask if they could start making one at 6pm, haha!
I let him go at it. ;D
I even had a couple kids ask to build things that were not towers. Here, I hesitated. It was supposed to be a tower structure challenge....but when I thought about it, what I really wanted for this project was for them to try longer, do more, and make something greater than they've made before.
So naturally, if they wanted to try to build a corvette, then by all means, let them build it! :D
And so our journey, our quest, continues.
I really hope that as time goes on, we will get to see these kid's creativity, problem solving, eye for detail, and commitment truly shine!
by Nikki Bjorklund
Mazes! Solving mazes! Doing mazes! Making mazes!
Getting our create on! GO!!!!
Not sure about you guys, but I'm a sucker for a good maze, so today we combined our crafty kids with our engineering kids with my
love for mazes, and made...!
Using our well-honed scissor skills, our infinite creativity, and the power of bendy straws, we set about to make a marble maze that would challenge the
most formidable people ever.
We had a lot of fun this time as we first sketched out the route of our mazes, then used our scissors and straws to make the layout! I set forth a challenge to try and make a two layer maze! I also suggested trying to make them harder by adding traps or holes, which many of them were very intrigued by!
Great project to try at home! It was a-MAZE-ing! Ha! Ha!
I recommend trying it with wider straws to make the walls taller! But we stacked our straws when necessary,
which worked well, too!
If your a maze fan like me, here's one of my favorites!
I did solve it. :D
By Nikki Bjorklund
You know? Sometimes I think we begin to question gravity. After so many elevators, escalators, planes, helium balloons, birds, helicopters, the moon that just stays in place constantly, who can blame us? In these moments, we feel the need to test it. Is gravity still working? Has it's hold lessened? Does it still have the power to pull everything down or just some things?
To answer every, single, one of these questions and assuage our concerns, we only needed to do one simple test. That's right, just one. This oddly convenient test has been around for decades always waiting in reserve for when mankind becomes nervous about the stability of gravity. This test is known as:
The Egg Drop
Naturally, the condition of gravity is no joke, so we put our top people to uncovering the truth of gravity's current state.
We pulled out all the necessary supplies for such an experiment and then some!
Naturally, all being such well renowned scientist and experts in gravity, they all had completely different takes on how to test the continued existence of gravity and it's current strength.
Due to the variety of contraptions and mixed results, I am sad to inform you, my readers, there is still no conclusive results on whether gravity is still around, weakening, or at full force.
We hope to have further testing in the future.
By Nikki Bjorklund
*crunch, crunch, crunch*
Ah! The blog has started! I am so sorry! I was just so absorbed in this delicious salad I was eating in honor of October 1st! =D What's that you say? You don't know why October first is special nor what salads have to do with it? Well we must remedy that! October First!
National Vegetarian Day!
National Vegetarian Day! That's right! A great day to celebrate all who our vegetarians and thus we decided to make salads because, vegetarian or not, a good salad is loved by many! We cut no corners with our salad toppings! We chopped the lettuces! We sliced the tomatoes! We sliced the carrots! The green onions, the avocado, the sweet onion we also sliced and diced! All this done by the kids!
Before delving into the deliciousness that we had prepped, we first set about to clean up our area. We wiped tables! We washed almost, every, single, dish! I even added a couple dishes forgotten from a previous project, and you know what? Not a single complaint. We had one kid volunteer to be the designated dryer while all the other rotated to wash a few dishes each. Then, all that was left?
With everything nicely laid out by my crew, they set about their feast while enjoying a refreshing gala apple juice alongside their healthy treat. Good job everyone! You all did a really great job through it all! :D
By Nikki Bjorklund