• Elementary GT - Robot Day

    Posted by Alex Bates on 4/18/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Today, students in 4th and 5th grade GT learned worked to build robots using Lego Mindstorm Kits and explored circuits using Squishy Circuits.



    Squishy Circuits

    Jayden and Logan building a Mindstorm Robot

    Reagan, Lili, and Adaline building a Mindstorm Robot






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  • Middle School GT- PIPER Computer Kit (Building a Laptop)

    Posted by Alex Bates on 2/13/2019

    Two Middle School GT students are currently working with the PIPER Computer Kit to build a laptop which runs on Raspberry Pi computer components. The PIPER Computer Kit 2018 Edition teaches young makers and engineers about computers and other electronic hardware gadgets through the fun of a Minecraft Raspberry Pi Edition video game and hands-on building and coding.The students shown constructing the laptop are Riley Blackmon and Cotton Cummings. The students watching them work is 5th grade GT student Logan Cu Roi.




    Building PIPER Computer Kit  Cotton, Riley, and Logan Computer Kit  Cotton  Cotton 2

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  • Middle School and Elementary School GT Roller Coaster STEM Challenge

    Posted by Alex Bates on 1/28/2019

    Over the past two weeks, 8th Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade GT students competed to build ping pong ball roller coaster out of foil, pipe cleaners, straws, tape, and hot glue. The winners of this challenge were the 8th graders. The fourth graders came in second for the contest. Winners were chosen based on a rubric that gave points for height, duration of ride, number of 90 and 180 degree turns, as well as, other criteria. Bonus points were given to groups that used less than the allotted 75 objects to complete their track.


    8th Grade GT Roller Coaster STEM Challenge


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  • Elementary GT- Coding and TinkerCAD

    Posted by Alex Bates on 11/26/2018

    Elementary GT students have been working on sharpening their Coding Skills using Code.org and creating 3D objects in TinkerCAD. Pictured below, Delia Bailey is working on an activity in Code.org. Brinklee Heath, Logan Cu Roi, and Jaden Johnson are working in TinkerCAD to create 3-Dimensional objects that could later be printed on a 3D printer. 


    Delia Bailey on Code.org

    Brinklee Heath in TinkerCAD Logan Cu Roi in TinkerCAD Jaden Johnson in TinkerCAD

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  • Near Normal Man - Holocaust Survivor Program at the Clinton Presidential Library

    Posted by Alex Bates on 10/3/2018

    On Oct. 3, 2018, the Jessieville High School GT group attended the “Near Normal Man” Holocaust Survivor Program at the Clinton Presidential Library. The program centered around Ben Stern, a man who  survived two ghettos, nine concentration camps, the Nazi physician Josef Mengele, and two death marches before being liberated by American troops in 1945. The program began with a viewing of Near Normal Man, a 30-minute documentary film, featuring a first-hand account by Mr. Stern. At the end of the presentation, some of our Jessieville students were able to speak with Mr. Stern about his experiences.

    Not Here Not Now

    Group at Clinton Library

    Jessieville Group at Holocaust Survivor Event

    Group at Clinton 2

    Group at Clinton 3

    Group at Clinton 4



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  • Elementary and Middle School Joint Project

    Posted by Alex Bates on 9/27/2018

    Elementary and Middle School began working on a joint lesson with the Brick Lab set. Using the Brick Lab blocks groups of elementary students paired with at least one 8th grader explored physics concepts such as center of gravity, and types of energy. 


    8th grade and Elementary combined groups

    Brick Lab

    Brick Lab 2

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  • Silver Ducky STEM Chariot Races- 2018

    Posted by Alex Bates on 9/11/2018

    Once again it is that time... the Silver Ducky Chariot Races. Students build their chariots and work to keep their Rubber Ducky passanger safe in the proecess. Students drove their chariots using Sphero Robots and built them out of various supplies provided or that they brought to use in construction. 


    Our Silver Ducky Race Winners for HS:

    Elijah Bailey 

    Lexi Bassett

    Jacob Semmler

    Nathan Pumphery

    Ben Combs 


    Our Silver Ducky Race Winners for MS:

    Riley Blackmon

    Cotton Cummings

    Carson Freeland 

    Payton Leveritt 


    Our Silver Ducky Race Winners for ES:





    HS GT Winners

    HS Winning Chariot and Silver Duck Trophy

    MS GT Winners  MS Racers with Elementary Spectators

    MS Race starting line

    HS Starting Line  HS Racing


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  • A Day in GT - STEM, Chess, and Coding Oh My!

    Posted by Alex Bates on 9/11/2018

    Student in HS GT have the opportunity to engaging in STEM, Coding, and other activities during GT time. 

    IQ Blocks STEM Challenge

    Coding with Bloxels

    Bloxels Coding Close Up

    STEM Challenges- Gravity Maze

    Chess Players in GT

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  • Elementary GT - Little Bits Inventions

    Posted by Alex Bates on 5/4/2018 10:10:00 AM

    Today, elementary GT worked with the Little Bits. LittleBits are a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empower students to invent anything, from their own remote controlled car, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets, no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed. Using Color-coded electronic Bits that snap together with magnets, elementary GT students were able to create cars that move, machines that make sounds, and many other STEM based inventions.


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  • High School GT - 3D Pens

    Posted by Alex Bates on 3/28/2018 11:45:00 AM

    Today, the High School GT students experimented with 3D Printing Pens. These pens allow students to draw objects in 3D. Using the plastic filaments which are heated by the pens, students "draw" using the plastic to create the parts of a 3D object. Then using the warm plastic as a sort of glue, students assemble the parts to create a3D object.


    Elijah Bailey and the 3D Pens

    Seth Kern and his 3D creation

    High School GT while 3D Doodling

    Taryn Anderson and Jill Robertson 3D Drawing



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