Today a group of students stayed after school to work on constructing the 3D printer that was shipped earlier this week. They assembled the printer with the assistance of Mr. Ross Brown, (Amos’ Dad) and after initial setup, we printed a tiny bird cage with a little bird inside. This took about 23 minutes to complete. The extruder, the printer part which melts and feeds the plastic, heats to 230 degrees Celsius (446 degrees Fahrenheit) when in use. We look forward to using this in the classroom. (Note: The heated parts are enclosed in the metal and pexiglass housing of the printer for safety.) Many thanks to Mr. Brown for the untold hours he has donated to this project. He assisted students all last year with the kit-build of a 3-D printer that we are still working on. The new printer promises to get students up and running in the 3-D printing business immediately.
If your child is planning to audition for the play on December 2 and 3rd, or participate in sound or stage crew, we need a signed permission form from you. You can download, read, print and sign a copy using this link: 678 performance contract. Return signed copies to Ms. Rothwell.
by Lev and Martin
Today, the students of Odyssey 678 were surprised with a special visit from a guest speaker, Elysse Grossi-Soyster, a Senior Research assistant in the Virology and Parasitology Lab at Stanford University and consultant a for NASA. Because of her many experiences in the fields of science and technology, she was able to give students a glimpse of what it’s like to study the diseases of Chikungunya and Dengue. These are viruses caused by mosquitoes who carry the disease to humans when they suck our blood. At this time, students were studying infectious diseases in science and so this supplement was very interesting to hear about.
Students learned about the future of long term space missions and renewability. One problem during space missions is managing waste. Students learned some of the astonishing methods of renewing energy in space, such as converting urine into methane fuel power the spaceship! Elysse explained the use of a 3D printer to make food out of basic food substances like fats and carbohydrates, which could play an important role in reproducing food out of lab grown materials, and students asked questions and took notes throughout the presentation.
Richard the Lionhearted Defends Actions in Holy Land
Richard the Lionhearted made the case for his military actions in the Holy Land before an audience of historians in the Odyssey Auditorium Thursday.
"I was the leader of the third Crusade. I led Christian men into battle and I managed their every move. During the Crusades, many illnesses and plagues struck our people and there were perils of the journey that slowed our pace dramatically, treacherous rivers, steep mountains, deep lakes and savage animals. We had to worry about a lot of different things, and being the leader was difficult, but I know I had to lead them for a cause we all believed in. The Crusades were something that my wife, Berengaria, and I strongly believed in. In fact I met her during my first Crusade, and she always feared for me. My parents, King Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, showed their support for me to lead the Crusades. Although we never recaptured Jerusalem as we had hoped, we came back with a piece of the Holy Cross, bringing hope back to our land."
Saladin Challenges Historians to Rethink Crusades
Saladin challenged historians to rethink the actions of Crusaders in the Holy Land as he recounts experiences he had during the Crusades.
"As a child, I was personally affected by the First Crusade. I know the pain of hearing the cries of the tortured, the screams of innocent women and children. I understand how terrible the Crusades were, and how much one cruel action can ruin your life. What is most upsetting is how, as a military general, I was very hospitable to the Crusaders, offering supplies and help, but they refused to accept my kind offers. This ‘Crusade for God' seems to be a crusade for yourselves. God doesn't desire the money or the lives you’ve taken from us. I was forced to fight back when the Crusaders committed these evil deeds towards my people. I tried so hard to protect my people against these ruthless men. I did not want a war, I just wanted my people to be safe!"