Week of March 16

Please login to MobyMax to access this weeks assignments. I have posted directions on how to do this.


  1. ‘What is Thermal Energy?’ Module: There are 41 slides to work through. Do not rush through these, make sure you are closely reading the information. Many of the slides are interactive. They require you to complete matching and fill in the blank questions.
  2. Thermal Energy Quiz: There will be a short 3 question quiz based on the module.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions! Stay healthy!

Class Updates

Hello everyone!

I will be posting lessons throughout the upcoming weeks using iLearn and MobyMax. Make sure you are checking the blog regularly for updates. You can subscribe for blog updates by typing in your email to the signup on the right of this page.

As you work through content please feel free to reach out to me through email. My email is vandern@dearbornschools.org.


Access MobyMax for Science using the following steps:

  1. Go to dearbornschools.org and click on the Student Portal link.
  2. Open the blue “Clever” link.
  3. Sign in with your Dearborn Public Schools Google Account.
  4. Open the green whale “MobyMax” link.
  5. Click on the books icon on the far left of the screen.
  6. Click on the “Science” icon.
  7. The assigned lesson will then pop up.
  8. Your first lesson is “What is Thermal Energy?”

iLearn Access

If you have not already done so, login to iLearn and enroll for course 7th Science VL using the following enrollment codes based on your hour:

2nd Hour- rur8vf

3rd Hour- kjsrva

4th Hour- 522kan

5th Hour- 7f7mhi

6th Hour- 6q2vr5

Continue to check the blog and iLearn for course updates. Wishing you all safety and good health!

Energy Revolution Video

How do we use oil?

Are we increasing or decreasing our dependence on oil?

What other sources of energy have been used in the past?

What sources are being used now?

Why will the future not be in coal?

Why will the future not be in nuclear?

Why might the future be natural gas?

Why might the future be wind?

Why might the future be solar?

Look at the Week: Sept. 16

This week we introduced criteria and constraints in the context of solving engineering design problems. Criteria are goals we have in solving a design problem. Constraints are aspects of a design solution that must be present to be considered successful. Students investigated this phenomena by building their own paper towers using provided criteria and constraints. They self assessed their towers using a rubric and determined that the groups with well defined criteria and constraints were more successful.