MakerSpace

makerspaceOur class had the opportunity to visit the amazing MakerSpace at our county office.  The students had a blast learning about Sandboxes and how they function.  They have been coding and programming in the classroom, but this experience allowed them to see it in action.  Some students programmed lights to flicker and change colors, while others experimented with temperature and sound sensors.DSC_0712

After tinkering with the Sandboxes, students created LED flowers out of  plastic drinking bottles. This was a perfect project for us since we just learned about recycling and upcycling the week before.DSC_0738

Before leaving the MakerSpace, Mrs. Carlson let us tour the green room.  The students wouldn’t stop talking about all the cool things they learned.  What a great experience!

Have you visited a MakerSpace?  What activities did you do?

 

 

Create a WordFoto

I came across this cool app for the ipad as I was looking for an “All About Me” project to start the year.  The app cost $1.99, but the end product is priceless.  I used my own child as a model since we are out on summer vacation (although he will be my student next year).  Do you have any other Back-to-School ideas?  Please comment below.wordfotoHere is a link to the app in the itunes store:  Wordfoto

QuadBlogging Buddies

Credit: iStockPhoto

Credit: iStockPhoto

We are excited to share that we are QuadBlogging with three other classes from around the world.  QuadBlogging allows the students to share their work with other students from different parts of the world.  Each class will take turns being the “Spotlight” class.  When you are the spotlight class, the other three classes will visit your blog and leave comments on the works you have posted.  We are looking forward to sharing our learning with our new blogging friends.

Ms. Staker’s 4th Grade (Italy)

Hardy Mill Primary School (UK)

Bellfield Primary School (England)