Skype Sessions and News

November 30: Skype with Melissa Hoadley of Vitagardens

Seventh grade students in 3rd period pre-engineering class, listened to a presentation by a representative of Vitagardens of Canada, explaining their company philosophy, goals, and products. See a recording of the Skype conference on our Youtube channel.


September 18: Skype with Jessica Dill – morning anchor WRDW- Channel 12 August,a Georgia

Students in the Zero Period (7:30 to 8:20 AM) Electronic Communications class skyped with Jessica Dill about her work as a TV anchor.


May 6th: Skype with Nir Pearlson – green architect of Eugene, Oregon

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8th graders and Nir Pearlson, an architect in Oregon. Nir heads an award winning architecture firm that specializes in sustainable, small residences and businesses. His presentation focused on green design principles and their holistic approach to their River Road home. The kids got to ask questions about his work. This was at the end of our Tiny Solar Home project (see here).

February 11th: Skype with Rand Soellner of Home Architects in North Carolina

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On February 11th, 8th grade Pre-engineering Lee Burneson Middle School students in Ohio, listened and conversed with Rand Soellner of Home Architects in North Carolina about passive solar home design and construction. Eight grade LBMS students do a short activity called the Tiny Solar Home during which they have to design a 1000 sq ft or under passive solar home and then build a scale model of their home. Home Architects is a custom home architecture company and can be found at: http://www.homearchitects.com/ Thanks to Rand Soellner for his time, willingness to share, and knowledge.

February 10th: GotoMeeting with Robotics Company

Short video conference with one of my 7th grade student’s parent, who owns a robotics company.

The company develops software that enables robots to see and recognize objects in order to intelligently manipulate them.

November 9th: Skype with Westlake High School Design Students

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Exchange of design ideas about similar design projects. High students were designing paper chairs and middle school students were designing paper towers.

October 25th: Skype with Ingenuity in Oregon on Aquaponics

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Eighth grade LBMS Pre-Engineering students held a Skype conference with the Ingenuity company from Oregon. Ingenuity did a presentation on Aquaponics to the students, showing the components and explained the science behind the concept. Students were attentive and had lots of questions at the end.

Great thanks goes to Ingenuity! They graciously helped us out and were more than accommodating, helpful, and knowledgeable

October 1st: Skype with Westlake High School Technology Students

Exchange of information. Several LBMS students presented their Passive Solar Home plans. WHS Technology students presented a few tips on model making


April 30th: Skype with Organic Transit of Durham, NC

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7th grade Lee Burneson Middle School pre-engineering students Skyped Organic Transit of Durham, North Carolina to find out about their velomobile they call the Elf. OT representative Alix Bowman gave the students a tour of their ‘factory’ and explained the design process as well as prototyping and obtaining funds to get the company going. The ELF – which is a hybrid between a bicycle and an electric car has solar panels on the roof, room for a bit of cargo and can go up to 25 mph. The kids were intrigued and had many questions. Discussions followed in all class ranging from engineering to environmental to future energy. Thanks Organic Transit for the great virtual tour!

Spring:Skype with Kent Roosevelt High School on their Tiny Home Project

Fall: Skype with HR Department of Hyland Software

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