Saturday, February 28, 2015

Let them play!

The build up to the arcade can be tough.  It's frantic, stressful, and intense.  There are failures and fixes.  Frustrations and successes.  At one point Mr. Martin pulled me over and said "I can't believe how persistent they are when things don't go right." Even packing up, unloading, and setting up feel rushed.

Then it all melts away as the first kids come to play.  There is joy.  Pure Joy as kids play with kids.  The joy of 8th graders being validated by younger students.  Elementary students learning about circuits.  The joy of play.  It is a sight to behold.
This student made a ping pong ball launcher out of motors from toy hacking.  That's right there is also a switch on the handle that fires the balls.
Dr. Smith got in on the action.  She has a great arm by the way.  
One of the bonuses of this trip are the reuniting of former students and teachers.
"Mr. Rambach, I can't believe how much they loved my game. There was a line to play it."
Mr. Martin built a game.  What was fabulous to see was all the iterations that his game went through from conception to prototype to final product.  I also think he had some fun.
The loaded box truck.  A big thank you goes out to Chris Mcgee.  He helped organize and support it on the Avery end.  As well as Tim Tobin.  He drove the bus and made sure the box truck got there.
I think everybody had a Rock'em Sock'em good time.
The joy of being done.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

If you can imagine it you can make it.

During the arcade project we have had several people design and print parts for their games.
Here is a claw game where the student designed her own claw.
Mr. Martin made a couple of fan blade holders for motors that he was using.  There were a couple of rockets for a game but I forgot to take a picture.
We also made a temple for a seventh grade student.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Can I draw on the window?

So today was the last class day to work on games.  Many were focused on finishing touches and circuits.  One student called me over :
Student: So can you help me with my circuit?
Me: Absolutley
S: Can I draw on the window?
M: Of course.
She went on to explain and draw her circuit.  I offered a suggestion and a little guidance and moved on to the next student.  As the day progressed I thought back to this interaction.  There was confidence in her questions, her actions and her solutions.  She needed to bounce ideas off of me and ask for suggestions but the learning was hers.  The solutions, the motivation, and the understanding were all hers.  I was there to listen and stay out of the way.  
Testing a circuit.
This student was proud of his hanging switch.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Winding down or ramping up?

In the Vortex that lies beyond time and space tumbled a police box that was not a police box.
I really hope they have a plan.
I have no idea what it means.
A cross between cricket, skee ball and pinball.

Friday, February 20, 2015

A journey of a thousand miles begins with one hot glue stick.

A maze that lights up when you complete it.
Skeeball with a slick ball return in the back.
I heart you!
The top of the Tardis.
Skeeball with a ramp.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A few games.

Here is a ball return.
Figuring out the circuit.
This group decided to use the makey makey.  It's a ball toss where the circuit is completed by the person playing the game.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

How about a game?

Two more class days left to work.  Don't worry I will keep you updated.
Hoops up.
Many have started their circuits.
Somebody's a Dolphins fan.
Rock'em Sock'em Robots
A good day for a drill.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My view from space. Makerspace that is.

Learning how to score and snap.
For all those whovians out there.

Just the primary colors.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Patrick and I presented at METC.
These are the stickers we handed out.
Discussion time during our presentation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We have created monsters.

They just begin working.  They have planned and plotted and are now acting on their plans.  It is wonderful to behold.
Sawing out holes.
Manual sawing out holes.
Mr. Martin wants a piece of the action and has a plan for his own game.
Spray painting a paper football field.