You've got to watch this: "Caine's Arcade." If you have a love for children and an appreciation for the inherent creativity, youthful innocence, and endless optimism they seem to possess, please take a few minutes to enjoy this short film. It has been the best 11 minutes of my week thus far (and I've been having a lot of good minutes with the children in B9 this week). It moved me to tears -- happy tears. Maybe watch it with your children. In any case, enjoy.
Mahalo to Riki Kurihara for bringing this video to my attention.
NEWS - ANNOUNCEMENTS - REMINDERS
Aloha to waialaeb9.com The Wai'alae B9 web site as we know it will be dramatically downgraded at the end of June. A smaller web presence will be maintained but much of the content will have to be taken offline as the web account will go from a premium pay site to a free one. Our ownership/subscription to www.waialaeb9.com will also be cancelled. The URL for the web site will be http://waialaeb9.webs.com. Thank you for visiting Wai'alae B9 on the web.
Robots with Uncle Riki A year ago, B9, with a generous grant from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation and then B9 parents, Brian and Jan Asamoto, acquired two Lego Mindstorms robotics kits. These are the same kits used in the FIRST Robotics competitions. Riki Kurihara bravely accepted the challenge to teach robotics to the children in B9. The result was two very exciting sessions during which the children designed, built, experimented, tested, problem-solved, and programmed their way to finding out just how to make robots do what you want them to do. See the photos in the Photo Gallery.
Student Council Elections Ten B9 students offered themselves as candidates in the election of next year's Student Council officers. Congratulations to Amaris, Diego, Allie, Nadia, Reyn, Summer, Johanna, Ty Riley, Wywy, and Jolin for being self-confident risk-takers and for caring enough about our school to want to get involved and make a difference. Running for office -- putting up "vote-for-me" posters, making a campaign speech, and doing other things to win the votes of the 3rd and 4th graders (along with their respect and confidence) -- takes courage and effort. "Run for the experience," they were told. "It's difficult for 3rd graders to win so don't be disappointed if you don't. Just enjoy the experience and learn what you can so that next year, when you're in the 4th grade, . . ." They all ran good campaigns and performed admirably, and they can be very proud of their efforts. It was really a bonus that two from B9 managed to garner enough votes to win: Congratulations to Johanna, the treasurer-elect, and to Reyn, the new sergeant-at-arms.
Mahalo to all who came to support our scientists during our Science Fair.
See the students' ideas about what "science is ..." below.
Science is . . .
. . . magic, something to learn, questions, math, answers, data, gravity (nouns -- things, ideas)
. . . fun, exciting, educational, cool, awesome, messy, scary, disappointing (adjectives -- descriptions)
. . . experimenting, making changes, finding out, thinking, studying, growing, fixing, discovering, inventing, observing, changing the world, recording, expanding, gathering data, predicting, hypothesizing, sharing, making conclusions, making wrinkles on the brain (the physiological response to new knowledge), inventing, asking questions (verbs -- actions)
When we did this back in August, the responses were quite different. The beginning-of-the-year list consisted mostly of nouns focusing mostly on scientific things -- facts and concepts and things they've seen on TV. Our goal for the year was to get students to think and act like scientists; that science is something to be done, not just a bunch of facts and information to be learned and remembered. The long list of verbs -- especially words associated with scientific inquiry -- attests to the learning that has occurred. The children in B9 are scientists in every sense of the word.
It's National Screen-Free Week! Just how much time do the children in B9 spend in front of a video game screen? We conducted a survey to find out.
|No. of Children in B9|
| Never play video games||1|
|Play once in a while||7|
|Play just once a week||1|
| Play more than once a week||4|
| Play everyday||5|
Do You Have a TV in Your Bedroom?
Inquiring (nosy?) minds want to know . . . do you have a TV in your bedroom? Here are the results of our survey:
| No. of Children in B9|
| TV in your own room||6|
|TV just for kids in the house||2|
| Share the TV with the family||11|
| Have a TV but don't watch||1|
One child claims to have his own cell phone. Another child claims to have his own cell phone but can't find it (which, the teacher quickly pointed out, is why most third graders don't have their own cell phone).