— Lower school students built a Galileo’s ramp in the iLab

Our lower school students demonstrated their interest in science and invention skills during their after-school hours in the iLab. After studying Galileo’s theories, they decided to build a Galileo’s ramp. They were so proud of their creation that they shared their project and discoveries with the rest of the school in an all-school assembly. What a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and celebrate community.

 

— Invention convention in the iLab

In science, our second graders completed their unit on Simple Machines with an Invention Convention in the iLab. They discovered that simple machines are part of bigger, more complex machines that make our work easier. The students designed, sketched and built their own inventions using recycled/scrap objects. They tested different ways to move loads more easily using less force. They shared them with their classmates and took them home. We have a lot of inventors in this group! The students also participated in a handy dandy gadget scavenger hunt, where they needed to identify the types of simple machines found in household items like scissors, can openers, nutcrackers, etc.

Invention Convention Innovation Lab Second Grade Invention Convention Innovation Lab Second Grade

Invention Convention Innovation Lab Second Grade Invention Convention Innovation Lab Second Grade

Invention Convention Innovation Lab Second Grade Invention Convention Innovation Lab Second Grade

Parents, thanks for your help gathering materials and for the extra hands in the iLab!


— Kindergarten turkey tango (video)

We are thankful for our wonderful community, students, teachers and families — Happy Thanksgiving!


 

— Spooky Stories

Our second graders had a lot of fun reading their suspenseful Spooky Stories at their publishing party. They gathered in small groups to read their original stories to an audience of their peers and parents and were very proud to share the fruits of their labor. They even kept their spooky stories for a while longer so they could read them to the first graders.

Spooky Stories Second Grade

Spooky Stories Second Grade

Spooky Stories Second Grade

Spooky Stories Second Grade

Spooky Stories Second Grade Parents Second Grade Breakfast

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our Spooky Story Breakfast!

 


Sea Crest Partners with UCSF to Help Catalyze Education Innovation

Innovative educators seek new answers to an age-old question: “What are the best practices to improve learning?” An important research study in the Bay Area is focusing on specific methods in order to help learners everywhere.

Beginning in January 2016, Sea Crest served as the first K-8 school to partake in this progressive study running out of the Educational Neuroscience program at the Mission Bay UCSF Center for Integrative Neurosciences. The research study is led by Dr. Melina Uncapher, whose work aims to bolster student self-efficacy through evidence-based learning practices.

Students who opted into the study piloted an iPad-based “brain game” called Adaptive Cognitive Evaluation (ACE) in order to assess baseline executive function such as working memory, attention, and inhibitory responses.

Sea Crest students are currently piloting EVO, a “prescriptive video game” and cognitive intervention developed by Akili in collaboration with the Gazzaley Research Group at UCSF. Students are looking forward to playing more of ACE in the fall, in addition to trying out the Brain-Body-Trainer (BBT), a synergistic cognitive and physical training intervention currently in development at the Gazzaley Neuroscape Lab.

Through this active research, UCSF cognitive neuroscientists will be able to examine academic achievement across different grade levels. They are assessing individual student achievement and how it corresponds with executive functioning skills. This work will inform researchers about the process underlying student learning, providing us with a more nuanced understanding of how students’ math and reading skills map over to executive functioning.

In partnership with organizations such as UCSF, Sea Crest is working to help catalyze education innovation.

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