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					February 22, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What are we going to work on with
Mr. Harrison this week to learn about the strength of materials?

EQ #2 – Who are our Special Guests today?

Focus Activity – Please open the following web-link to take
today’s exam – I:\2011-2012\Eckart - Class Info\Take SciVis
Exam. I will give you the test code after I take attendance.
After opening the link, take 4 minutes and review your notes for
today’s exam.

Class Activities – We will go downstairs today and look at
the results of last week’s pouring/molding activity. We will be
making a number of other “test beams” of different materials to
learn about strength vs. weight ratios by doing destructive
testing!

Homework – N/A
February 21, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – Which pages in Unit B will be
covered on tomorrow’s Exam?

Focus Activity – Please open your Unit B notes and review
them for a few minutes. We will have a test tomorrow morning
to cover pages 9 – 12 in your Note Packet.

Class Activities – We have today to work on our gaming
projects. Mr. Harrison will be back on campus on Wed – Fri of
this week and will be in Alabama next week. So let’s use today
to get A LOT of SciVis work completed.

Homework – Study for Unit B Exam!!
February 15 - 17, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What are our “weeks with Mr.
Harrison” going to look like?

Focus Activity – On weeks like this when Mr. Harrison is
here working with us, I want your focus activity each day to be a
7 minute journal/sketching exercise to summarize the work we
did the previous day w/ Mr. Harrison. Put this in your SciVis
Notebook, which I will grade next week.

Class Activities – We will go downstairs to 305 after you
wrap up your focus activity.

Homework – BRING BACK SIGNED FIELD TRIP
FORMS!! BRING YOUR LUNCH!!! WEAR YOUR SMOD!!
February 14, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What makes composite materials
technology so vital to the growth of the Experimental Aircraft
Association?

Focus Activity – Please visit this web page:
http://www.societyofrobots.com/materials_carbonfiber.shtml

and answer these questions in your SciVis notebook:

   What does “Strength-to-weight ratio” mean?
   In which “directions” is carbon fiber very strong?
   In which “direction” is carbon fiber weak?
   What is the advantage of carbon fiber’s non-metallic
    nature?
   What kinds of tools are needed to work with carbon fiber?
   How do you get carbon fiber “into” the desired shapes or
    patterns?

Class Activities – Go back and DO/FINISH all of the Daily
Plan work from last week.




Homework – BRING BACK SIGNED FIELD TRIP
FORMS!!
February 13, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What do SciVis II assessments “look
like?”

Focus Activity – Please come to the middle of the room and
bring your Unit A/B Note Packets. We will have a Unit B quiz
on Wednesday and I want to do a review with you. I also want
to go over each of the assignments from the last two weeks and
make sure you understand my expectations.

Class Activities – Go back and DO/FINISH all of the Daily
Plan work from last week.

Pick up a copy of the Unit E/F notes and put them in your
SciVis notebooks.

Homework – BRING BACK SIGNED FIELD TRIP
FORMS!!
February 7 - 10, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What can we learn by looking at the
“History of Game Design”?

Focus Activity – Students – I will be here this afternoon to
teach my 3rd Block class and I will start going through your
I:/Drive folders during my planning period. Please make sure
you have done all of the assigned work during my absence. I
have HIGHLIGHTED IN GREEN all the work that I will count
as for a grade. I will not ask for anything that was not written
down right here in my Daily Plans AND I will check EVERY
assignment I put in these plans. If you got behind – it’s time to
catch up!

For today, please go to my “Classroom Documents” tab on my
web page and open up and review a new document I saved
called “On Game Design – Career Guide.” This is some light
reading about the history of game design. It is 20 pages long
and I am NOT asking you to read every single word. What I
AM asking is that you use Adobe Illustrator (a wonderful Vector
Graphic 2D Software) to create a timeline of the modern video
game. Use the highlights from the article and use whatever
timeline style you like. Adobe Illustrator can be frustrating at
first, and then, when you get the hang of it, it can be your BEST
friend. To find Illustrator just go to your “Start” menu and look
for the Adobe CS folder (Creative Suite). Illustrator is in that
folder. I have some great tutorials on my I:\ drive.
Spend some time on this today (it will be due on Friday) and
please make sure that you have completed the other work I
assigned. Thanks so much for your cooperation and all this
work is getting you “ahead of the curve” for the class. Once I
return, we will get into 3dsMax and GameMaker as we try to
win this contest.

Once you are done w/ your timeline and all the other work I
have assigned, let’s get back to CREATING a game that will
win the STEM Challenge Contest!!
February 6, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What will the “theme” of your video
game be? What is the plot/storyline?

Focus Activity – Please draft a two paragraph outline
describing the theme/plot/storyline/and basic character sketch
for a STEM-Related game that meets the criteria of the
http://www.stemchallenge.org/
Contest.

I want one of you to win this contest and the only way to win is
make sure we meet all the contest specifications – one of which
is that the game MUST have a STEM theme. So, brainstorm for
a few minutes and come up w/ some ideas. I would really like
for you to consider the possibility of creating a game related to
one of the four main areas of science study for this course:
          Cell Biology
          Gel Electrophoresis
          Plate Tectonics
          Simple Machines

I will stop short of mandating that you choose one of these
areas. But I will say that choosing one of these four will make
your SciVis II life easier later in the quarter b/c you will already
be familiar with the content.

Please SAVE your writing in YOUR I:\ Drive folder so I can
check it upon my return.
After you finish this work, please go ahead and finish ALL of
your note packets (which should just mean finishing Unit A).
When I return, I will check that ALL of Units A – C are
completed.

If you get ALL of the above finished (Plus all the work from the
previous Daily Plans), go ahead and keep plugging away on the
Game                       Maker                        tutorials.
http://sandbox.yoyogames.com/make/tutorials has more tutorials
including platform and maze games. I don’t know if the
WSFCS web-blocker will keep you locked out of this site or not.
Try it. If it doesn’t work, I will bring the tutorials with me.
Once you’ve tackled the tutorials, let’s get to work on YOUR
game that could win YOU a new laptop computer!!!

I will be back at school on Tuesday to start checking work, so
please make sure you bring ALL your SciVis materials to class
(including the 3-ring binder & tabs as detailed in “Course Info &
Expectations).
February 2 & 3, 2012 – SciVis I
Essential Questions – What’s the plan with Mr. Harrison
and “the Airplane Project?”

Focus Activity – Mr. Harrison will be on-campus Today
and Tomorrow (Thur/Fri). Please go down to 305 as directed by
the sub and have an open mind towards this project. I believe it
will be a tremendous learning opportunity for all of us and I
think you will like it.

PLEASE – remember, safety first in ALL aspects of your work
in 305. There will be tools and materials that you must be
careful with. If Mr. Moats, Hamilton, or Harrison ask you to do
something – PLEASE listen .
February 1, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What’s the plan with Mr. Harrison
and “the Airplane Project?”

Focus Activity – Again, thanks for navigating to the
“Classroom Documents” tab > “SciVis II – Daily Plans.doc”
section of my web page. I will be home all of this week with my
wife and our new baby, so it is key that you continue to be self-
sufficient by thoroughly READING and DOING the Daily Plan
each day.

If you DID NOT finish working on your note packets yesterday,
remember that I want ALL of Units B and C completed (blanks
filled in). You can get full copies of the notes from my web
page (yes, in the Classroom Documents tab). I will check these
notes and your SciVis Notebook when I return next week. Yes,
the instructions on how to “build” your SciVis Notebook are in
the same place www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us/Page/20238
(and in your Course Info & Expectations handout)


Class Activities – I believe Mr. Harrison is coming back to
Atkins on Thursday and Friday of this week. In general, we will
work with him a little every two weeks. The goals of our work
with him are to:
   Learn about aerospace science
   Learn about aerospace construction materials
   Learn about experimental aircraft
   Get a lot of hands-on-time building an actual airplane
I’m not exactly sure what you guys worked on with him last
Friday, but in order for you to show up “informed” for
tomorrow’s session, please answer the following questions in an
MS Word Doc and save the doc in YOUR I drive folder and call
it “YOUR LAST NAME_Airplane Project Prep Work.doc”

   What is the Experimental Aircraft Association, when was it
    founded, and how many members does it have?
   What are the “requirements” for an airplane to be
    categorized as “Experimental?
   What makes the “EAA AirVenture Oshkosh” one of the
    world’s greatest airshow spectacles? Please answer this
    question in a paragraph format after spending 15 minutes or
    so browsing the AirVenture web page. It is chock-full of
    cool stuff and information.
   What makes Burt Rutan such an icon in the world of
    experimental aircraft? Please provide a 5-bullett summary
    of Rutan’s most significant achievements (consider
    googling “Scaled Composites” in addition to Burt Rutan).
   What are the basic performance parameters (g-load, top
    speed, cruising speed, ceiling (how high can it fly), etc.) of
    the KR-2 that Mr. Harrison is going to work on?
    (http://www.fly-kr.com/index.html)
   Spend a few minutes browsing the http://flycorvair.com/
    web page. The Corvair was an automobile produced by
    General Motors in the 1960’s. What are the basic engine
    specifications for a Corviar-powered airplane (# cylinders
    and orientation, Horsepower, Torque, fuel flow rate
    (GPH)?)
   http://www.howstuffworks.com/iron.htm - please write a 1
    paragraph summary of the information you find on this
    EXCELLENT web page about iron and iron casting.
   http://www.howstuffworks.com/aluminum.htm      - please
    write a 1 paragraph summary of the primary
    DIFFERENCES between aluminum and steel/iron based on
    the information you find on this EXCELLENT web page.


    Please complete this work TODAY so that when Mr.
    Harrison is here tomorrow and Friday, you can fully
    participate in the discussion. Again, there is NO NEED to
    print your MS Word doc, just DO the work and SAVE it in
    your I drive.

    I think our work with Mr. Harrison this Winter/Spring will
    be a very unique effort that you will remember for a long
    time. Have an open mind and ask A LOT of questions.
    The time he shares with us is very valuable and it will open
    the doors to many, many potential career paths that might
    interest you.



Homework – Make sure you come to class with your SciVis
Notebook set up the way I explained in my Course Info &
Expectations. Also, make sure Unit B and C notes are complete.
I will be back sometime next week and will check these things
first.
January 31, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – Why isn’t my “Contact Me”
assignment from last Friday (1/27) getting done (by the vast
majority of you)?

Focus Activity – Again, thanks for navigating to the
“Classroom Documents” tab > “SciVis II – Daily Plans.doc”
section of my web page. I will be home all of this week with my
wife and our new baby, so it is key that you continue to be self-
sufficient by thoroughly READING and DOING the Daily Plan
each day.

I have had a total of SIX people from ALL of my classes that
did the “Contact Me” assignment from last Friday. Obviously,
we have some kind of failure to communicate. At this point, I
think I need to shift gears and figure out where the failure is
coming from.

Let’s try this – Would you please use the “Contact Me” tab on
my web page to answer these questions for me?
   How do you access my Daily Plans each day (this will be
     true EVEN when I am back in the classroom)?
   What do you do with the Daily Plan file once you open it
     each day?
   If you use the scroll tool on the far right side of the screen
     in my Daily Plan file, what will you find “under” today’s
     Daily Plan?
   If you miss a class or get behind in your work, how do you
     find out what your makeup work consists of?
   Is there something I could be doing to make the process of
    “getting assignments to you” easier?

Class Activities – Please take out your Note Packets (Units
A – C) and fill in ALL of the blanks for Units B and C. You can
find all the master copies of the notes on my web page under
“Classroom Documents.” Once you have finished the notes,
please go back and finish ALL of the work I have given you
since last Tuesday. Just scroll to the bottom of this document
and work your way back up. Read and DO the work.

Once you are done with that, please tackle the next GameMaker
tutorial that you have not completed and make sure you are
saving ALL of your games to YOUR I:\ Drive folder.

Thanks for your cooperation and I know this would have been
easier if I had a chance to work with you for more than one day
this semester.



Homework – Visit http://students.autodesk.com/ and check
out some freebies
January 30, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What’s up with Mr. Harrison and the
“Airplane Project”?

Focus Activity – Again, thanks for navigating to the
“Classroom Documents” tab > “SciVis II – Daily Plans.doc”
section of my web page. I will be home all of this week with my
wife and our new baby, so it is key that you continue to be self-
sufficient by thoroughly READING and DOING the Daily Plan
each day.

I did not know that Mr. Harrison was coming by last week to
start talking about “The Airplane Project” with you. I think that
is going to be a GREAT experience where you will learn about
flight, piloting, aerodynamics, structural materials, and how to
build a real airplane. Be flexible and open and I assure you that
Mr. Harrison will be presenting some great opportunities for us
and we will see him every couple of weeks for the entire
semester.

At the same time, it appears that we got off-track last week b/c I
posted a 1/26 Daily Plan that never really got done. So, let’s
back up and call today a “Catch Up Day” for both you and Mr.
Hager, the sub. Will someone please check with Mr. Hager that
he has access to the same Daily Plan that you do? If he does
not, will ONE person please print this out for him?

Class Activities – Go back and DO/FINISH all of the Daily
Plan work from last week. There were very few people that
finished the “Contact Me” assignment from the Friday D.P
(Kameron, Ivan, Shadae, Chris) – so will those folks please help
any classmates that can’t figure it out (Kameron, please help
Saroya)? Also, will one of you please review the Thursday D.P.
with Mr. Hager so you can have a class discussion about my
“Course Info & Expectations” handout?

So, in a nutshell, just go back and start on Day 1 and make sure
you have done ALL the work for EACH day of last week. Once
you have, please press on with your GameMaker tutorials and
then tomorrow I will ask you to submit a “Game Theme”
proposal to me.

Homework – Visit http://students.autodesk.com/ and check
out some freebies
January 27, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What are the basic elements of a
“successful” video game?

Focus Activity – Thanks for navigating to the “Classroom
Documents” tab > “SciVis II – Daily Plans.doc” section of my
web page. It is VERY important that you understand this is
YOUR responsibility – whether you are present or absent. One
of my least favorite things to hear from students is “I didn’t
know I had to do that work because I was absent….” Please
read/DO the daily plan every day and go back and scan
(SCROLL DOWN) the old ones on occasion to ensure you have
not missed anything.

Today is the actual “Due Date” for ALL of the paperwork I gave
you on Day 1. I know the sub probably checked most of you off
on that yesterday. If you still owed me one or two items, please
submit them today.

Did you find any cool links on my web page yesterday? Do you
know how I keep my page up-to-date? I have YOU provide me
links to good content. So, today I want you to do a google
search for “elements of a great video game” or “game maker
video game tips” or something similar.


Class Activities – I want you to use the “Contact Me” tab
on my web page today to share with me 3 things:
  1. How did the Course Info/Expectations discussion go
     yesterday and what are the FOUR tabs that I have asked
     you to set up in your SciVis notebook?
  2. Based on your research during the focus activity or prior
     knowledge, what are the TOP 5 elements of a great video
     game?
  3. Please give me the URL of three good web pages that you
     visited during the focus activity. I want to build a new tab
     or two on my page to deal with Game Design and I can’t do
     it without your help. Please give me the address of the
     BEST sites you visited.

I am sitting at the hospital waiting for the “Contact Me” emails
to roll in and I will grade them from here. PLEASE do not view
this as “optional,” I want to see each one of you answer these
questions in the “Contact Me” tab.

After completing this, please go back to the Game Maker
tutorials that you have been working on. I want each of you to
progress through the first three or four tutorials by early next
week. Have fun and learn something.

My goal for next week is for each of you to brainstorm some
ideas for a game that will WIN the STEM Game Design
Challenge. I will have you work on games with the following
“themes” (yes – I am tricking you into learning Unit E)

                 Cell Biology
                 Gel Electrophoresis
                 Plate Tectonics
                 Simple Machines
Homework – It’s Friday…. You don’t have any homework.
At the same time, if you really want to “get good” at the
software in my class, the best way is to do some work at home.
So, if you have a computer that can handle it, please download
Game                          Maker                        Lite
(http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/windows) at home and
keep working on the software.
January 26, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What are my basic expectations for
you to be successful in this course?

Focus Activity – Congratulations again!!!           If you are
reading this, you have found my webpage, navigated to the
“Classroom Documents” tab, and opened up “SciVis II – Daily
Plans.doc” My expectation is that you will do this EVERY Day
and also READ and DO the Daily Plans for any days that you
are absent. It is YOUR responsibility to complete ANY/ALL
work that you miss.

Again, please sit at the same computer as yesterday.

My wife gave birth to a baby boy yesterday afternoon, so I will
be out for a little while helping out around the house. I will
continue to post your work to the Daily Plans from afar. Thanks
for being model students for my sub!!

Today, I want you to allow the substitute teacher to put some
100’s in my Grade Book for your work. He will call you up and
ask you to show him the Unit B notes from yesterday, collect
your Student Info Sheet, Computer Use Rules sheet (if SIGNED
on both sides), and clip off the back part of the Course
Info/Expectations Sheet that you READ and SIGNED with your
parents.

While he is calling students up for these EASY 100’s, your job
is to BROWSE my ENTIRE Web Page. I have some good stuff
in there and I am always on the prowl for new links. If you have
a good one that should become part of my page, please tell me!

Class Activities – Please take 20 minutes and browse my
entire web page. Yes, it really should take you at least that long
to stumble through my site and some of the great hyperlinks I
have set up. In particular, please make sure you spend time
looking at “Higher Education in SciVis,” and “Career Paths.” I
have links to some great companies and colleges where you
could pursue this field of study. If you find dead/bad links –
please report them to me. The best way to contact me right now
is via the “Contact Me” tab on my web page!

At some point in this class period, I want all of you to come to
the middle of the room, as directed by the sub. When you do
this, I want you to allow the sub to lead a discussion about my
Course Info/Expectations. We ALL need to make sure we
understand my policies for this classroom. Binders, making up
late work, how much are tests worth, etc., etc. – it’s ALL in
there and you are SIGNING that you read it. So, let’s at least
read it together for a few minutes.

After these other things have been completed, please continue to
work on your GameMaker tutorials and think of what you might
make a “STEM Game” look like. I KNOW that cool, fun, and
educational game is going to win someone a laptop this Spring.
Why can’t it be US?
Homework – Take home Course Information and
Expectations AND SciVis Tech Rules hand outs. Get them
signed (front AND back) where applicable.

Both papers are due back to me, SIGNED, No Later Than
Friday, January 27, 2012.
January 25, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – How will we “take notes” in
Scientific Visualization this semester?

Focus Activity – Congratulations!!! If you are reading this,
you have found my webpage, navigated to the “Classroom
Documents” tab, and opened up “SciVis II – Daily Plans.doc”
If you missed class yesterday, please pick up one copy each of
the following:
           Student Information Sheet
           Course Information and Expectations
           SciVis Computer Use Rules
           SciVis II Syllabus (& stapled note packets A – C)

Please go to the SAME computer you sat at yesterday (and
continue to use this same computer all semester unless otherwise
directed). Please take out your SciVis II Syllabus/Note Packet.
I would like for you to open the “SciVis II – Class Notes.doc”
file from the same webpage as the Daily Plans. This document
contains ALL the notes we will need for this entire class!

To get started today, please browse around this document for a
few minutes to get a feel for how it’s set up. Then, go to “UNIT B:
Advanced Tools of Visualization” and work on filling in the blanks in your
copy of the notes. I want you to complete pages 1 – 4 of Unit B.
Once you do so, please show them to the substitute teacher.

Class Activities –
Let’s revisit the contest site:

http://www.stemchallenge.org/

As I mentioned yesterday – I want someone from Atkins to WIN
THIS CONTEST. Your game MUST have a “STEM Theme”
and I will help you with this when I get back. For now – in your
SciVis notebook, spend four minutes coming up with TEN
different brainstormed ideas for a “STEM Game Theme.”
WRITE THESE DOWN and show them to the substitute teacher
and he will sign you off.

Re-read yesterday’s Daily Plan on how to access GameMaker.
If you didn’t finish your first game (using the tutorial), then
please pick up where you left off. If you did, just roll on to the
2nd Tutorial (Scrolling Shooters) and follow EACH
INSTRUCTION.

SAVE your work in I:\2011-2012\Students drive folder as “My
First Game Maker Game.”

Homework – Take home Course Information and
Expectations AND SciVis Tech Rules hand outs. Get them
signed (front AND back) where applicable.

Both papers are due back to me, SIGNED, No Later Than
Friday, January 27, 2012.
January 24, 2012 – SciVis II
Essential Questions – What is “Scientific Visualization”
all about & how will SciVis II be different than SciVis I?

Focus Activity – Please pick up one copy each of the
following:
            Student Information Sheet
            Course Information and Expectations
            SciVis Computer Use Rules
            SciVis II Syllabus (& stapled note packets A – C)

Please choose a seat in the middle of the room and begin quietly
filling in the Student Information Sheet on your desk (BOTH
sides). Take your time and print as clearly as you can. This
form will help me be a better instructor by letting me know a
little bit about you.

Class Activities – After completing the Student Info Sheet,
please do likewise with the Computer Use Rules and Course
Info & Expectations. All of these are double sided and a few of
them require signatures (yours and your parents). Please get
ALL of these sheets read, completed, and turned in to me NO
LATER than FRIDAY, 1/27/2012 for your first homework
grade.

For today, please KEEP all of these papers in your SciVis
Notebook, which you should bring to class each day. Once you
show me completed copies of the above handouts, I would like
you to log on to a computer and visit
http://www.stemchallenge.org/

Once there, please click on “About” and browse the site. After
that, click on “High School Registration” and carefully read the
rules. I would like to incorporate this national contest into our
curriculum and give you a chance to win a new laptop and
$2000 for our SciVis Lab. We will enter this game as
individuals and we will use “Game Maker” to create our STEM
Game. After reading about the basics of the contest, I want you
to create your first game using the very well-written tutorial
found w/in the Game Maker program.

Please open Game Maker by going to I:\2011-2012\Eckart –
Class Info\GameMaker. Once there, click on the GameMaker
icon and follow ALL the instructions in the right-hand panel that
says “Tutorial – Your First Game.” YES, that’s right…… there
are 15 pages of simple instructions in the tutorial and YES, the
game is REALLY simple. This is a good chance for you to see
that CREATING game content is a little more involved than just
sitting down and playing. Take your time, have fun, and really
get to know the Game Maker interface because this is the
platform we will be using next year in our Game Design class.

One note of caution – I know Minecraft is free, fun, and a little
addicting. We are NOT here to play Minecraft. Similarly, we
are not here to have you take out your headphones and listen to
music while tuning out on the class. Either one of these actions
will result in a “one warning and you’re out” scenario. This
class can be taught 100% via textbook. Please follow all the
course expectations and computer use rules and you will be fine!

SAVE your work in I:\2011-2012\Students drive folder as “My
First Game Maker Game.”

Homework – Take home Course Information and
Expectations AND SciVis Tech Rules hand outs. Get them
signed (front AND back) where applicable.

Both papers are due back to me, SIGNED, No Later Than
Friday, January 27, 2012.

				
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