Summer 2015 Assignment

Welcome (and in some cases, welcome back!) to Mrs. Miranda’s class!

If you will be taking Statistics 1-2, AP Statistics, Computer Science 1-2 and/or AP Computer Science, please complete the assignments corresponding to the class.

Everyone:

  1. Take pictures over the summer.  Your first project (due September 14, 2015) is a short video introducing yourself to the class.  Length – 2-3 Minutes.
    1. Use Windows Movie Maker (or similar application) to put your photos to a song.
    2. Your name should appear in the opening.
    3. Include a quote that is inspirational to you.
    4. The closing credits should include your name as well as the name and artist of the song.

Statistics:

  1. Join “Mrs. Miranda’s Class Page” on Facebook.
  2. Problem solvers – There’s a problem.  It sucks.  Don’t just say, “Oh, well.”  Say, “How can I fix it?”
    1. Identify THREE circumstances/problems/issues that you feel need to have a solution or be improved upon.  For example, the vending machine always seems to rejects your coins.
    2. Research how it currently works or is the way it is.  For example, vending machines determine the value of the coin by the size and shape. (2 pages minimum double-spaced).
    3. Come up “with a better way”.  How would you improve the system?  Your proposed solution must be grounded in reality. (1 page minimum double-spaced).  For example, people and animals can identify things by sound, if a vending machine could do that, it might not reject the coins as often.

 

Computer Science 1-2 (Robotics):

  1. Join “Mrs. Miranda’s Class Page” on Facebook.
  2. Problem solvers – There’s a problem.  It sucks.  Don’t just say, “Oh, well.”  Say, “How can I fix it?”
    1. Identify THREE circumstances/problems/issues that you feel need to have a solution or be improved upon.  For example, the vending machine always seems to rejects your coins.
    2. Research how it currently works or is the way it is.  For example, vending machines determine the value of the coin by the size and shape. (2 pages minimum double-spaced).
    3. Come up “with a better way”.  How would you improve the system?  Your proposed solution must be grounded in reality and need a technology-based solution. (1 page minimum double-spaced).  For example, people and animals can identify things by sound, if a vending machine could do that, it might not reject the coins as often.
    4. Another example – You have a grandparent who forgets to take their meds. They need assistance, but don’t live with you and your family.  A mobile app could help your grandparent track their meds, set off a tone when it’s time to take it or when they miss it.

 

AP Statistics:

  1. Join “Mrs. Miranda’s AP CS and AP Stats Page” on Facebook.
  2. Problem solvers – There’s a problem.  It sucks.  Don’t just say, “Oh, well.”  Say, “How can I fix it?”
    1. Identify THREE circumstances/problems/issues that you feel need to have a solution or be improved upon.  For example, the vending machine always seems to rejects your coins.
    2. Research how it currently works or is the way it is.  For example, vending machines determine the value of the coin by the size and shape. (2 pages minimum double-spaced).
    3. Come up “with a better way”.  How would you improve the system?  Your proposed solution must be grounded in reality. (1 page minimum double-spaced).  For example, people and animals can identify things by sound, if a vending machine could do that, it might not reject the coins as often.

 

AP Computer Science:

  1. Join “Mrs. Miranda’s AP CS and AP Stats Page” on Facebook.
  2. Problem solvers – There’s a problem.  It sucks.  Don’t just say, “Oh, well.”  Say, “How can I fix it?”
    1. Identify THREE circumstances/problems/issues that you feel need to have a solution or be improved upon.  For example, the vending machine always seems to rejects your coins.
    2. Research how it currently works or is the way it is.  For example, vending machines determine the value of the coin by the size and shape. (2 pages minimum double-spaced).
    3. Come up “with a better way”.  How would you improve the system?  Your proposed solution must be grounded in reality and need a technology-based solution. (1 page minimum double-spaced).  For example, people and animals can identify things by sound, if a vending machine could do that, it might not reject the coins as often.
    4. Another example – You have a grandparent who forgets to take their meds. They need assistance, but don’t live with you and your family.  A mobile app could help your grandparent track their meds, set off a tone when it’s time to take it or when they miss it.

Reminders

The Basics Day 8 homework for all classes have been posted.

If you still need to borrow a calculator, please bring in your form on Friday.  They are running out of them!

If you are in Stats:

  • You must bring your textbook everyday!  We will be working in the book daily.   Sorry, we don’t have enough for a class set.  I’ve been asked if you could leave you book in my classroom.  Yes, you can (at your own risk, of course), but are still responsible for the nightly homework.  It is VERY DOABLE to get the homework done in class if you use your time efficiently.
  • You must bring your calculator everyday!  We will be using it!

If you are in AP Stats:

  • Good news for you, you don’t have to bring your books to school.
  • You must bring your calculator everyday!  We will be using it!

If you are in APCS or CS:

  • I’ll let you know when we need to use our books for units, but for now, you may leave them at home.
  • If you prefer to use your own laptop during class time, you may.  You are not required to bring it, but it would be faster than what we have in the room.  If you don’t have one, hakuna matata, you can use the classroom’s computers.

Intro to Self Videos

Here are the details/requirements for the “Intro to Self” video project.

  • 2-3 minutes in length
  • Song (appropriate)
  • Pictures (credited at the end)
  • Opening credits: Name, Period(s), Title
  • Closing credits: State who to the photos, who the song is by and the locations your pictures were taken.
  • Caption your photos

Handouts:

How to submit your project:

  • Upload your video YouTube (you can set the privacy setting from “public” to “unlisted” to prevent others from finding your video in a search).
  • Submit your name, period and YouTube link to: Intro to Self Form.

Here are my examples from Summer 2013 and Summer 2014.

Need to check out a calculator?

If you need to borrow a calculator from the library, you must fill out a form and get it signed by a parent/guardian. I suggest you do so AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ensure that you get one. You can find the form here:

Calculator Agreement Form.

Once you show me you have the form completed, I will allow you to go to the library to get your calculator. Remember, the calculator is a REQUIRED item for Statistics and AP Stats.

Welcome to Class!

Welcome to Mrs. Miranda’s class!  Whether you are taking Statistics 1-2, AP Statistics, Computer Science 1,2 (Robotics) or AP Computer Science, you are in for a great year with activities, lessons and learning that you’ve never had before.  I’m sure you’ve (at some point) wondered, “When is this stuff I’m learning used in the real world?”  Well, my classes will show you – on a regular basis!  You’ll be challenged and have lots of fun.  So, get ready for a learning adventure that you haven’t begun to imagine!

On this website, you’ll find handouts, links referenced in class and other important items for each class.  You’ll find it on the page corresponding to the class you are in.

To start the adventure (and get the first of many A’s on an assignment), please complete my online “Student Contact Form” so I can have your information in case of an emergency.  Thanks!