Watch the video to see one of our maker space students explain his process for creating his own Angry Birds game. After we stopped filming, he continued to make discoveries, such as certain birds traveled further distances than others due to their weight and shape. Great problem solving Cole!
Thanks to the PTA, we were able to grow our littleBits collection to include pieces such as pressure sensors, sound triggers, slide dimmers, sound mixers and oscillators. With these pieces, students are able to control the power input of their creations. It wasn't long before some discovered that when the pressure sensor is connected to the motor, the speed can be controlled by changing your grip on the sensor. In making these seemingly small discoveries, larger ideas grow. They are tested, altered, tested again, sometimes scrapped, and other times develop into something that functions and serves a purpose - an exciting moment!
The week of December 7th, students tried out their computer coding skills in conjunction with International Hour of Code on December 10th. We used the websites Code.org and Scratch to complete challenges, as well as design original characters with animation. Both sites use basic Python and Java programming languages, with drag and drop block commands. Below are some student trials from our first day of coding.
What an exciting first month we've had in the maker space! 6th grade has just begun tinkering with scribble bots, 7th grade has been showcasing their creativity and problem solving with the cardboard challenge and will soon begin using Little Bits, and 8th grade has started experimenting with Little Bits to add electronic components to their Lego creations.
Here are some links to projects we'll be trying in the near future:
This year, The Learning Center is very excited to announce the start of our Maker Space.
Maker Spaces are a growing movement in schools and libraries around the world, offering people the chance to experiment, tinker, design, and collaborate.
Our space will be open to all students during study halls and L blocks. We'll begin the year with some planned projects lead by myself and our student Maker Space leadership groups. As the year progresses, students will begin to plan and design their own projects as we increase our familiarity with computer coding and circuitry.
The key principles of a Maker Space include:
Our first project will be a cardboard challenge, in honor of Global Cardboard Challenge month. We can't wait to see what students come up with!
Be sure to check this page for updates and photos of projects as the year progresses.
For additional information about Maker Spaces and their growing role in education, please feel free to check out the following articles and websites:
The Philosophy of Educational Makerspaces
Making Matters! How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education