Extracurriculars

Mind Masters

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, School on June 18th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly participated in the county-wide Rube Goldberg machine competition this school year. Her team was called the Mind Masters, and they had to build a complicated Rube Goldberg machine to raise a banner.

Mind Masters

It took many weeks of work designing and building, and quite a few runs to get it to actually work, but they did it.

The before picture.

Rube Goldberg before

And the after picture.

Rube Goldberg after

Winter orchestra and chorus concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, Music, School on March 6th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

The week before Christmas, Molly had her winter orchestra and chorus concert. I snapped a couple of pictures of her before we went.

Ready to play

Viola player

First up at the concert was Chorus.

Molly got a bit of a break while the Beginner Orchestra and Beginner Band played. Then, it was Molly’s turn to play in the Advanced Orchestra. It's amazing how far they've come since last year. Note that the orchestra was much smaller for the last song. It was played only by the 5th graders and a few select younger kids (including Molly). Great job, Molly, for passing the audition for the finale.

Purple stripe test

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Sports on March 5th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in December, Molly tested to get a purple stripe on her green belt. Here she is doing a kata.

Belt test

She did some sparring against opponents of various sizes. You’ve got to get in close when your opponent has a lot more reach than you.

Sparring

Sparring

Kick

Congratulations on earning your purple strip, Molly!

Stripe

Purple strip

Molly’s gotten to be quite tough. This kid is serious.

Serious

But also silly.

Silly one

HowGirlsCode robotics

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, School on December 23rd, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly loved HowGirlsCode last year, and signed up to participate in their WeDo Lego robotics after-school activity this year. On the last day, they showed off their robots to us.

HowGirlsCode

Molly called her robot The Dog Beak. She did a great job designing and building it and programming it to chow down. Over the weeks, it went through several different designs and forms, and I think it ended up awesome.

The Dog Beak

On the last day, parents and siblings were invited to tour their workshop. Molly demoed The Dog Beak for us.

Here are all the robots built by Molly and her fellow coders.

All the robots

Molly’s Spring Orchestra Concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music, School on June 26th, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly had her spring orchestra concert, and did a great job. The evening included the beginning orchestra (Molly’s group), advanced orchestra (older kids), beginning band, and advanced band. This video is just the beginning orchestra, made up entirely of 3rd graders. It’s amazing how much these kids learned this year.

Great job, Molly and classmates.

Spring concert

Solo and Ensemble Festival

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music on April 9th, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly performed a viola solo at the county Solo and Ensemble Festival. She did a fantastic job, and received high marks from the judge.

Solo and Ensemble Festival

I wanted to record video of it, but didn’t want to distract her. So, I just set my camera on my lap pointed at her without calling attention to it. Molly was so focused, though, she probably wouldn’t have noticed if I was doing jumping jacks.

Great job, Molly!

First orchestra concert

Posted in Extracurriculars, School on January 31st, 2016 by c-had – 1 Comment

While I was away, Molly had her first orchestra concert. She’s been learning to play viola since October, and has really improved. I was sad to miss the concert, but it was on the same day as the funeral.

Below is a video of the Beginning Orchestra from her school. That’s the third graders. The school also had the Advanced Orchestra, Beginning Band, and Advanced Band play as well as the Chorus sing, but you don’t get to see them here (Molly’s not in those). Molly is in the video, but sadly you can't see her for most of it. She's front and center with her viola, right behind one of the music stands.

She did great. We’re so proud of how well she’s done and how committed to learning the instrument she’s been. We can’t wait to see how far she comes.

After her concert, Molly posed for a picture with her viola. Note that she was required to wear black and white, so Jen made a white tunic for her to wear (using the same pattern as the one she wore on Christmas Eve.

Viola concert

Blue belt test

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Sports on December 19th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

It’s test time at karate again, and Molly is going for her blue belt. This is a big step, as it will mean she moves out of the beginner class and into the advanced one. It also means she gets a to train with.

Here she is having her core strength tested.

Karate test

There was no surprise who Molly would choose to spar when she had a choice.

Sparring

Nice punch!

Sparring advanced belts

Sensei sat on Molly in push up position to test her strength.

Supporting Sensei

Molly got her blue belt!

Got her blue belt

Congratulations Molly on your blue belt!

Excited

Lego robotics

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, School on November 22nd, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly participated in an after school Lego robotics program, and I volunteered as the parent helper. The program was run by Bricks for Kidz (which we love), and was awesome. We used the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits and software. Here’s Molly building a jumping spider.

Lego robotics

Molly’s program this week used a proximity sensor to detect when something came close to the spider, then activated the robotic arm to make it jump at that thing. The first time it jumped, she was a bit shocked. Sorry for the heavy vignette, but I did not get permission to post a picture of her partner.

Surprise

Lego camp

Posted in Extracurriculars, Leah, Molly on July 8th, 2015 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Last week, the girls attended a Frozen-themed Lego camp at Snapology. When I went to pick them up on the last day, they wanted to show me what they had built that day. They were celebrating Anna’s birthday and had built lots of birthday stuff for it. Oh, and please don’t try to infer Batgirl’s secret identity from this picture. She might get mad at me if I gave it away.

Lego camp