Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Activity in Makerspace

Building locker shelves.
Making an iPad stand.
The Bat Signal lamp.

Monday, September 29, 2014


If I only had a brain. The processor.
Everybody needs a robot. Pieces of the mother board.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. From a processor and pieces of the motherboard.
A fashion statement. From the magnet in a speaker.
Getting ready for Winter. A couple heat sinks.






Sunday, September 28, 2014

How do you foster creativity?

Ask a question or two and get out of the way.

On Friday some students began making their project with a computer part.  The assignment is to repurpose the part that they chose into something else and then explain learning target one and two.
Sewing a pouch for a pocket compact out of a hard drive.
Turning the fan and a plastic baggie into a hover craft.
A fan into a board game.
Using a keyboard to make a statement.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Plotting and Planning

Today I was at the High School for 6-8 grade science curriculum meeting.  Did you know the district has a quad copter?  Awesome!
Here is the work that Mr.  Dempsey and I worked on.  This is for a project that we are planning with mixtures and solutions.
Hopefully we can understand the ramblings tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A couple of Makerspace projects.

I have not shared anything going on in Makerspace in a little while.  Sooooo.......
Here is a student creating an ear cuff.  She cut, molded, and sanded a piece of copper.   At one point she called me over and said "I didn't know how to bend it but I figured it out."

This is a design of a golden snitch.  The cool part about this one is that the students wanted a cardinal logo on their snitch.  I had no idea other than to design it.  They did a search and found a website that would convert an image to the type of file that they needed.
Finally we have a book safe.  This student worked on it at home with her dad.  She is now finishing it in discovery.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Choose wisely.

Kids are choosing their computer part and beginning their research phase.  Students will research what elements compose the part that they chose.  They will tell me about the elements chemical make up, then where it comes from, how it is used, and how its disposed.
Here is the heat sink as you can see made of copper.
The fan gave us a little preview of our electricity unit.

Friday, September 19, 2014

You're telling me I get to take it apart!

We started our element project today.  Students took apart and put back together old computers.  Thanks to Mr. Heisel, Mrs. Price, and Mrs. Teeter for getting us the computers.
Students will then take a piece of the computer and research what elements make it up.  More on that later.  Today we explored.

Some screws were tough to get out.
We also had visitors.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are there limits to collaboration?

Meet Sam.

I asked Sam if he was interested in teaching himself how to design in 3D using Tinkercad.  He said "that would be cool."

Here is a drawing from a student at Ambrose Family Center:

Here is Sam's rendition:

Here is the drawn prototype and the actual model that was printed on Ambrose's MakerBot.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fruit rings?

I bought some fruit rings.  Kids then had to create atoms with the appropriate number of electrons, protons and neutrons.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Words, words, words

We spent the day sorting words that deal with chemistry.  Here students get to talk about the vocab before we even start the unit.  The best part is, I get to over hear discussion about what they are thinking. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Measuring, cutting, and converting.

While making a stick ball bat, students had to apply sciencentific principles.  They measured and cut the dowel rod to "official" length.  Since, I only have meter sticks in my room.  They had to convert inches (on directions) to centimeters.  They found a converter on the internet.  

Should we be worried about what students have memorized or if they can pick the right tool to solve problems?

Friday, September 12, 2014

I found this ball.

Can I take it apart? I've always wanted to know what made up a baseball. 

What if we just said yes? Rather than no.  
What would kids learn?  What would they discover?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How do you find out about someone's passion?

You wouldn't unless you ask and give them space to show you.
Kids have begun. Robots were on tap for one student.
We have found our sewing expert. This student sews as a hobby. She travels to art shows and sells things that she has made. It was incredible to watch her explain this to students sitting around her. The energy that making brought to the class was infectious and caused others to act.
Yes, that is a mushroom that she made in order to hold her tape measure.
She is going to start working on some applique napkins. This is a tree she cut out today.