Student Views of the Expedition
A multimedia feature produced by
students of Windsor 8. Media by Kate, Katie, Jacorey, Ryan, Michele, and
Natasha. Story by Kate and Katie.
In Windsor 8 recently completed our fall/winter expedition WINDsor in Motion. We participated in many activities involving energy. We followed two guiding questions throughout most of our activities: What is motion and energy, and How do we use energy in our everyday lives?
Several of the major learning activities
are desrcibed below. Be sure to check out the video that accompanies
each section to learn about Windsor in Motion.
For our kickoff we went sailing in the portland harbor. It
was really fun to sail in Casco Bay and feel the wind in our sails.
Our second project was to design and
build a rocket. The rockets were to hold an egg and keep it safe from
harm. The teams used the design process to build hardy rockets. Some of
the teams tested their rockets and made improvements. Then we went to
Deering Oaks and 3... 2.... 1.... BLAST OFF.
(No eggs were harmed in the making of this article, but some were harmed in real life.)
In October an
event called the Pumpkin Drop took place. It was a fun extra credit
project offered to students who wanted either a bit of fun or to boost
their grades. Students gathered into small groups and tried to create a
container that would keep a pumpkin safe from a fall from 6.5 meters.
Supplies inlcuded things like cardboard boxes and newspaper.
When the day of the Pumpkin Drop came
there were a variety of creative ideas to keep the pumpkins from
breaking. A student named Evan even used his backpack. The pumpkins were
dropped and students calculated their kinetic and potential energy at
various moments during the drops. The Pumpkin Drop was certainly a day
class we began a lab about energy. There are two main types of energy we
studied: kinetic energy and potential energy. For the lab, we set up a
small track and ran a special type of low friction car down the ramp.
Then a small probe would measure its speed and velocity. The students
would then calculate its potential and kinetic energy from the top and
bottom of the track. Afterwards we typed a lab and conclusion, which
completed the car lab.
Our last project in Tech Ed was to design and build our own boats to race in the Young Americas Cup.
During the design process we had to decide wether to build our boat by
the Classic class rules, or Open class rules. We had to make our sails
and boats according to the rules, or they could not race. When they were
finished we raced them at the Regatta.
On January 17, 2007 all of the students
gathered together in the cafetorium for the big sailing regatta. The
regatta consisted of three rounds, giving students a chance to make
emergency repairs and re-sail their boats if there was a problem with
the first or second run. The entire cafetorium was filled with a
party-like atmosphere and during the test runs the movies created by
students and available on this web page were shown.
Letters for Change
Every expedition has a service component. For Windsor in Motion, we considered how our energy habits and policies impact the environment. In Language Arts class we watched Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth.
At the end of the expedition, every student wrote a letter to an
individual or organization that can impact climate and energy policy.
Read some of the letters sent to Al Gore and Tom Allen to learn what
Windsor 8 students think about climate change and what we should do
--- Earlier Articles on Windsor in Motion ---
The Expedition Kickoff: Sailing the Ocean Blue
See our video
of the Kickoff.
For our expedition kick off we took two
boats out in Casco Bay; the Bagheera, and the Wendameen. When we arrived
at the dock we met with the crew we would be spending the day with.
They explained a few basic rules. After acquiring this knowledge we set
Soon we were out on the ocean and we
learned quite a bit about the teamwork required to sail. Everyone needs
to work to together to raise the sails, move the masts, and keep the
boat clean. We also found out that below deck there are sleeping
quarters, either one or two bathrooms, and a cooking space. The crew
members need to keep the downstairs clean for easy access to the
captain's quarters and the emergency power switches. While sailing, the
two ships drew near each other and we had a small demonstration of how
to steal wind.
Bagheera and the Wendameen had a race. The competition was swiftly ended
when the Wendameen stole the wind out of the Bagheera's sail. The crew
aboard the Wendameen cheered with glee before pulling swiftly away into
the bay. On the Bahgeera all of the students had to be seated as they
observed the team working as one to turn the sail around to catch the
The students all grew closer together
as they shared songs and stories. Over on the Wendameen, students
enjoyed listening to the captains silly pirate jokes and reenacting
scenes from the Titanic. The Bagheera pulled into port and docked
shortly before the Wendameen arrived back in port. Once the students
arrived back at school we spilt into our homerooms and made a chart of
the days activities. As the day ended the students left with a wonderful
experience and new knowledge about teamwork and energy.
Students and Teachers Set Sail to Discover the Nature of Energy
The Windsor 8 house is deep into its
expedition: "WINDsor In Motion." This expedition investigates energy and
motion. In science, students are learning about energy,
alternative energy sources (like solar, tidal, and wind power), and
motion. In conjunction with their science studies, students are
designing and building rockets, kinetic sculptures, and fiberglass
sailboats in Technology Education classes. Students will design and
analyze the performance of these products using math concepts including
rate, ratio, and proportion. Continuing with the themes of motion and
energy, students are reading the novel “Whirligig” in English class.
They will also be writing persuasive essays where they defend the
importance of one type of alternative energy. In social studies,
students are examining the Industrial Revolution and the changes that
occurred in our country as a result of new technologies.