Fifth graders are using Spike Lego as Makerspace. They read a book The Phantom Toll Booth and are now creating scenes that are coded to go along with their story. They used sensors, light effects, sound effects, coding and mechanics to create and bring these scenes to life.
FALL FESTIVAL RAFFLE WINNERS
Students that won the fall festival raffle got to enjoy Makerspace time with Mrs. Sarduy, Ms. Allen and Sphero.
Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief
The 5th graders read Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief. They also went to the Boone play and watched the movie. They compared and contrasted the three different types of media for the same story. They then worked together to create a giant board game that depicted each scene from the story. They used Tinkercad, a 3D modeling software, to create their board game pieces.
The 3rd and 5th Grade Classes took pumpkins to a new level with augmented reality! 🎃
The Marble Run
Some of our Makerspace Tech explained!
What are littleBits used for? littleBits are easy-to-use electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets to make learning about circuitry and electronics exciting and engaging. Connect them together to create complex circuits in seconds. With littleBits, you can bring your imagination to life.
What is the purpose of a Sphero? Sphero is a spherical robot that can be paired with a tablet or smartphone. You can change Sphero's color, play different missions, and control Sphero's movements from a multitude of different apps for a customizable experience.
The Merge Cube is a black and silver physical cube that has inlaid designs that interact with various Merge Cube apps to transform the cube into a digital canvas, whether that entails the solar system, the body, or a pocket aquarium.
The VR Goggles allow Blankner teachers to bring the classroom to life. These headsets allow students to be transported to the places they are learning about and see sights from all over the world.
The Quiver App brings coloring pages to life by using 3D Augmented Reality to magically turn coloring pages into engaging 3D animated experiences. Click here to watch a video about the app! The Marble Run: We have advanced (challenge) and regular magnetic marble run kits. Great for teaching force and motion!
WeDo 2.0 Lego Activities and Curriculum that provides all the necessary materials teachers and students need in order to explore their inner makers as they follow the design process to solve open-ended, themed challenges.
Hess Toy Trucks (or Planes) are used with Hess Toy Truck STEM curriculum guides that demonstrates how the toys can be used as learning tools by teachers. Click here to learn more!
Blue Bots/Bee Bots: The Blue-Bot is a unique programmable robot that's perfect for introducing coding to students in early education. It's similar in size and shape to the popular Bee-Bot coding robot but has one important difference -- it's Bluetooth-enabled, which allows students to begin exploring device-connected coding while remaining in line with their skills sets in early education. Using the 'Blue-Bot' app, students can take the next leap in their STEAM development and try step-by-step programming challenges with drag-and-drop blocks, add in more precise 45-degree turns, explore increasingly complex algorithms, and a lot more. Even though it's simple enough for coding in early education, students are still able to learn some key early fluencies. Among those are sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving skills, which are all tied to programming with the Bee-Bot. When they start using the Bee-Bot, it's likely that their programs will be very simplistic. After just a short time, however, students tend to crave more complexity and have a true desire to amplify their programs while applying the new skills they've learned.
Blankner students get a first look at the updated collaboration lab. Full of wonderful Makerspace opportunities, technologies, and space for classroom collaboration.