Story by Abdullah Abuelreish
Mr. Derek Dial, tech ed. teacher, gives students the opportunity to explore the virtual world, and one of those experiences is through flight simulation.
Flight simulation is thought to be one of the more interesting modules in Tech Ed. Flight simulation gives students the opportunity to understand aerodynamics and aspects of flight.
One student who has participated in the flight simulation is eighth grader Satvik Kandru. Kandru believes that learning the aspects of aerodynamics and flight will be very important in the future.
“I like flight simulation because you get to see great sights, like the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa,” Kandru said.
Another student who’s experienced the flight simulation is Abby Vernon. Vernon believes that landing is the toughest part of learning to fly. She also believes that “taxiing” (steering airplane on the ground), is by far the easiest procedure in flying.
Students get to explore the timeline through flight simulation. They first explore highlights in 1800’s and then all the way to the 2000’s. For example in the 1800’s, students explore Wilbur Wright’s journey with flight. In the 2000’s, they explore Steve Fossett’s journey with flight.
The students experiencing flight simulation control the airplane using a “yoke” to steer while in action in the air. The students also use rudder pedals to steer the plane while on ground.
Along with flight simulation, there are many other modules like electronics, graphic design, aerodynamics, engineering and stress, laser and fiber optics, residential wiring, and space and rocketry that students choose to experience when down in the tech. ed. lab.
Story By Danny Rhoad
Why is it important to use technology in classrooms? This is what the students of Digital Learning 2 need to know. They are going to be using many different ways of technology in the class.
“I’m excited to find a new way to help the school using technology,” Maddie Stephens seventh grade said.
DL2 is a class where students can learn to use technology to help others around them. The main assignment in the class is to find a problem in the school and fix it using technology. Spencer Baldwin, seventh grade, said he is doing an app of a digital schedule for smart phones.
Many students have different ideas. Joel Nixon is creating a new way to check into the office, while Tylee Ellingwood who has an idea to simplify the item pick up process in the front office.
Although students think it is more of a technological class, it is also related to the business standpoint.
“It’s a good mix, but it's probably 50-50,” Mr. Evan Snyder, seventh grade DL2 teacher said.
The students have to use technology to help them design their solution to their problem. But they have to take various steps to do so. “They stick to the design process.” Snyder said. These steps help the students along their path to creating the solution they chose.
The students do seem to enjoy the class.
“It’s fun because we get to work with a group,” Stephens said
Even though the students do not get to choose their groups for this project, working with one will help them develop teamwork skills.
Snyder also enjoys teaching the class. “I do enjoy it because I feel more of a facilitator than a teacher and that makes it fun and different for me,” he said.
This class helps students learn many different skills. Snyder said the students take away teamwork, leadership, and technological skill.
“This class helps us learn about the design process which will help us later on in life,” Stephens said.
Many students really enjoy the class and learn a lot of important skills during it.
“It gets our brains thinking,” Baldwin said.
Story By Griffin Hadley
The whistle blows and the swimmers climb up onto the the starting block. The starter tells them to take their mark, and seconds later the swimmers are soaring off the blocks into the pool. Most, if not all, swimmers love this feeling of competition, and at the Carmel Swim Club they are preparing for these types of moments every single day.
Championship season is the most important part of the season for swimmers and coaches at CSC, and everyone on the pool deck knows it. Meets like Age Group State and Divisionals are two of the big meets in championship season.
Age Group State is held on March 18 through 20 at the IUPUI Natatorium downtown Indianapolis and is for athletes 14 and under with state meet time standards.
Three swimmers in particular love the adrenalin rush that championship season brings.
Wyatt Davis, eighth grade, whose favorite events in swimming are the 100 and 200 backstroke, 500 freestyle, and 100 butterfly, is planning to increase resistance in his weight room training and to improve his threshold time in the pool.
Davis also said that his goals for Age Group State include breaking records in backstroke and winning his races.
"I like them [state team practices] because they bring the state team together, and we get to practice starts and turns which never practice," Davis also said.
Another swimmer who attends Clay is William Kok. Kok, seventh grade, who enjoys sprint freestyle, is planning on swimming the Divisional meet this championship season.
"I like the championship season because it brings out my best," said Kok. "It also brings out the best in all of my teammates." Kok also said that he is going to try to eat protein-based meals to help maximize training.
James Gastineau, seventh grade, whose favorite events swimming are the 100 butterfly and 200 breaststroke, is also planning on swimming the Divisionals. Gastineau plans on training hard and recovering well to try to excel in the championship season.
Davis said he likes championship season and being united as a team.
“It makes the meets more fun,” Davis said.
Championship season should be very exciting for Carmel Swim Club this year.
Story by Griffin Hadley
“Alright, goggles up,” Mr. Evan Williams, journalism adviser, said.
And all you could hear a roar of excitement because everyone in the room was stunned over the virtual reality that they were in.
On Wednesday, January 27, Google brought the Google Cardboard and the View-Master devices to Clay to beta test a new educational environment.
Google has made a new app called Google Expeditions, and it’s still in beta phase. Only selected schools around the country got to experience it, and Clay was selected!
According to Google, Expeditions are collections of virtual reality panoramas, 360° photo spheres, 3D images and video, and ambient sounds—annotated with details, points of interest, and questions that make them easy to integrate.
The devices were set up in the seventh grade Social Studies classrooms and the phones had to be charged between every virtual field trip session.
Seventh-grade students at Clay got to experience this virtual reality.
Andrew Buck, seventh grade, said that his favorite part of this virtual reality field trip was when he went to the moon. “[We got to] go to the Taj Mahal and visualize what we are actually learning about in social studies,” he said.
“It works by putting a phone into a cardboard headset,” Buck said. “The lenses make the picture a 360 degree, virtual reality picture.”
Mia Anderson, seventh grade, said the device hurt her eyes and nose a little bit, but it didn't ruin the experience.
Another seventh grader, Corbin King, said his first reaction when he brought the goggles to his face was surprise. King also said he would recommend this device for learning in classrooms.
Daniele Wittles not only got to go on a virtual reality field trip in Social Studies, but she got to do it again in her elective class. Wittles said that her elective teacher, Mr. Williams, showed the class what a photographer’s job was in the American Museum of Natural History.
We thank Google for selecting Clay out of hundreds of schools around the country to experience this beta test app.
Story by Jenna Hohne
Google Goggles are boggling the minds of young students and teachers everywhere. Google recently released Google Expeditions, which are goggles that a person holds up to their eyes and can see the world with. The moment human eyes are in front of the lenses on the goggle, they are in a virtual reality. Select a place, and everywhere you turn it surrounds you.
The new Google Cardboard was unveiled at Google 1/0 2015. This cardboard supports larger cellphones with a screen up to six inches long, and has a new button that works with any type of phone.
According to Google, Expeditions are collections of virtual reality panoramas and are accessed through an app. This app allows teachers to have total control. They can choose a trip on a tablet provided with the Expeditions kit, and lead their students through a virtual Expedition. By using the tablet, teachers are able to point out specific details on the trip, play ambient sounds, and let their students explore freely on their own.
Students loved using Expeditions to learn and explore.
Julia Bricker and Danny Rhoad, two seventh grade students, experienced the Google Expeditions adventure.
“It was very interesting, and it felt like I was actually there,” Rhoad said when talking about the experience.
“I think it is good for visual learners to get more into the topic,” Bricker said.
While Bricker and Rhoad both agreed that it was a very realistic experience, they also said that it made people dizzy.
Google is still tweaking some things on Expeditions before releasing it to the public.
Story by Mia Anderson
Shouts of excitement came from the room as the students ooed and awed over the new technology. The devices were glued to the students face as they were engrossed in the new atmosphere. Clay Middle School was chosen to help Google test out their new Virtual Reality devices. They began to test out the Google Cardboard devices on January 27 and everyone had their own experience with the devices.
“It was cool being able to see the whole picture,” Danny Rhoad, seventh grade, said. “It felt like I was really there.”
The Google devices are planned to be used in classrooms to create a more immersive lesson for the students.
“It works by two screens being shown on any device. Then you use lenses to look through and (the eyes) blend the two screens together to create one 3-D picture,” Giffin Hadley, seventh grade, said.
There were tons of different places the students went to, and with more on the way there are endless possibilities for where you can go.
“I went to the moon,” Hadley said. “I also went to the Taj mahal.”
Only seventh graders at Clay got the chance to beta test Google Expeditions, and all the students when to the Taj Mahal for their social studies class to learn more about the love story behind it.
While most students were impressed with the device, there were some issues.
“The pictures were kind of blurry, plus it made me dizzy,” Annie Surette, seventh grade, said. “I also wish I could move around while looking at the pictures.”
Since this product is in beta, Google will use Clay’s input to help fix any bugs.
Overall, Google Expeditions can be used in classrooms all over the world, and even though the devices are still in beta testing, this product has a very bright future.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.