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Journey: Session 2, Week 2

Hello everyone! I hope you and your learners are having an amazing week. In this newsletter, I will cover everything we did this week, from physics to our speeches. I hope you enjoy it!

We started our week by working on genre. This week, we looked at more amazing speeches given by influential people. We didn’t just watch these videos online; on Tuesday, we had an inspiring hero come in to share his work and journey getting there. The name of the hero was James, and he has dedicated his career to helping get clean and filtered water to Africa. He told us, that a 6-year-old girl in Africa has to walk over 3,000 miles in her life, just to get water in her family. That is the distance from New Jersey to California. So, James decided to show us exactly how hard this journey every day is. He made it his mission to walk across the entire United States, and he achieved that goal! By giving water to families in Africa, they save so much time where they could be doing other things. One woman decided to use her spare time to open the very first fruit stand in her town.

Aside from our hero’s visit, we started getting into the basics of our speech. We picked a topic, that we feel passionate about, and researched about it. We then wrote an introduction, and 3 main points followed by a tagline (for example, “I have a dream” in MLK Jr’s speech.)

In quest we continued our work on circuits, but dove into some more advanced topics as well. We learned more about breadboards and experimented by making testing out all different types of circuits. We also learned about homopolar motors, which takes current that flows from magnets to batteries, which results in maing a copper wire spin. This is one of the most simple examples of a motor, that shows you how simple physics can really be.

We also learned about DC electric motors and generators. The DC motors are when you take a battery, to power magnets to spin. For example, this can be used in an electric toothbrush. DC generators use magnets to spin wires, and when that energy is created, it makes power.

We learned from last week, that starting challenges without preparing them ahead of time did not work out, since we were unprepared. To fix that problem, each of the squads made weekly plans, of what tasks were going to be assigned to each team member. These plans worked out really well, and this is what led us to have a successful week.

For civ, we learned about some more historical figures. Below you will see everyone we researched and a bit about them.

Henry Ford: Henry Ford created the first affordable automobiles. He didn't believe that only the rich should be able to have the luxury of driving, so he made his automobiles available to everyone. He is also known for using the concept of an “assembly line.” A process that influenced how we run businesses today.

Theodore Roosevelt: Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States. He was vice president of William McKinley and became president after he was assassinated. He was known for breaking up monopolies and helping create economic possibilities for all Americans. The Teddy bear is named after him, for when he went on a hunt and decided not to shoot the cub that was right in front of him.

William Mckinley: William Mckinley was the 25th president, known for helping lead America to victory, during the Spanish-American War. He is also known for gaining control of Hawaii, and our other territories including Cuba, the Philipines, and Puerto Rico.

We learned so much this week, and I hope you got a bit of insight into everything we did. Have a great weekend, and we will see you next week!

“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.”

-Zig Ziglar

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