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Sunalta School’s Grade 6 Class!

Congratulations again to Calgary’s Sunalta School who were today named Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge Champions! Presenting them with the Golden Beaker was Beakerhead Co-founder Jay Ingram, who surprisingly was upstaged by six-graders Finn and Sabina who emceed the all-school and media presentation.

Sunalta School emcees and headmaster. Photo by Denise Kitagawa

Emcees Sabina and Finn with Principal Trevor Barkley and Teacher Karen Anderson and Jay Ingram. Photo by Denise Kitagawa

Kudos to the 46 Grade 6 students who competed amongst 8,000 Alberta-based students from 108 schools.

Grade 6 receive the Golden Beaker. Photo by Denise Kitagawa
Grade 6 receive the Golden Beaker. Photo by Denise Kitagawa

Calgary’s Sunalta Elementary Gr.6 Students Win Ingenuity Challenge

Think you’re more creative than a school kid? Think again, especially when you’re matched against 7,971 students from 108 entries across Alberta!

Beakerhead’s annual Ingenuity Challenge hands students a simple Periodic Table ingredient (A13) in a creative science-themed challenge. In five school days, students then collaboratively design and build these creative projects to show their classmates… and the world!

In September, almost 8,000 Alberta-based students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, created charming and dazzling projects using a massive spool of tin foil and the theme, things are larger than life!

Check out their creations – click here!

The 108 submissions that Beakerhead received were then evaluated by Devon Canada employees. The overall winner was Grade 6, made up of 46 students, from Sunalta Elementary School in Calgary, who used 500 feet of aluminum foil.

Beakerhead invites all Alberta-based KG to Grade 12 classes to get creative this 2015/2016 school year – and to share their creativity with Beakerhead via email at connect@beakerhead.com or on social media via @Beakerhead.

Teachers who want to have their classes participate in the 4th annual Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge in 2016 or other Beakerhead School Programs, please visit the website for updates and school program announcements.

Photography Tips for Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge

Are you participating in this year’s Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge?!

Then, you won’t want to miss these photography tips on shooting aluminum creations by professional photographer and Beakerhad Photo Crew member, Denise Kitagawa, whose pictures have featured in My Modern Metropolis and many international blogs and publications.

Click here for the full article

 

 

 

Think You’re More Creative Than A School Kid?

Think Again!

Ted Harrison Grade 8 Students Win Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge
Ted Harrison Grade 8 Students Win Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge

Especially when you’re matched against 9,800 students from 42 schools across Alberta!

Beakerhead’s annual Ingenuity Challenge hands students a simple Periodic Table ingredient (A13) in a creative science-themed challenge. In five school days, students then collaboratively design and build these creative projects to show their classmates… and the world!

In 2014, almost 10,000 Alberta-based students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, created charming and dazzling projects using a massive spool of tin foil and the theme, things are not what they appear. Check out their creations – click here!

The overall winner was Grade 8 students from Ted Harrison School.

SO DOES YOUR KG TO GRADE 12 CLASS WANT TO GET CREATIVE AT THE 3RD ANNUAL ATOMIC 13 INGENUITY CHALLENGE?

2014 Winners: Ted Harrison (Calgary) Grade 8
2014 Winners: Ted Harrison (Calgary) Grade 8
2nd place: King George School (Calgary) Grades KG - 6
2nd place: King George School (Calgary) Grades KG – 6
Beddington Heights School (Calgary) Grades KG - 6
Beddington Heights School (Calgary) Grades KG – 6

Ted Harrison Grade 8 Students Win Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge

Reprinted from Calgary Board of Education blog.

Congratulations to Grade 8 students at Ted Harrison School on their award-winning submission to the Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge, an annual creative design competition that is part of Beakerhead. Beakerhead is a week-long smash-up of art, science and engineering.

Students from Ted Harrison won first-place for their project, “Light Juggler,” a stunning light painting combining the art and science of photography, light and optics. Their challenge was to take a large roll of aluminum foil to collaboratively design and build creative projects based on the theme “things are not what they seem.”

Jay Ingram, co-host of Discovery Channel’s science show, Daily Planet for 16 years, presented them with the Golden Beaker Award, and then spent time meeting with all of the design teams to discuss their creative processes.

To create “Light Juggler,” students thought carefully about Beakerhead’s mission to combine science, technology, and art. They engineered a globe of spinning foil, attached LEDs and glow-sticks, composed and framed the set, and adjusted the camera settings to achieve a long exposure capturing light in a darkened space. The student in the photo was then dressed in aluminum foil, and was photographed in a series of images and test shots. For each image, the ball was spun, and the student remained as still as possible as the photo was being taken. Multiple exposures were taken before achieving the one that would become “Light Juggler” – creating something beautiful out of something physically impossible, and therefore, not what it seems.

Grade 8 teachers viewed Beakerhead as an opportunity to kick-start the school year by inviting students to show curiosity and creativity in their learning. Through their Beakerhead experiences, and participation in the Atomic 13 Ingenuity Challenge, students appeared more confident in their abilities to explore and discover possibilities for learning that exist beyond the school walls. “Light Juggler” is evidence of the power of exploration, experimentation, and the freedom to create in an environment co-designed by teachers and students.