Here are two of the activities that will be offered ... more to come.
Minecraft EDU Coding with Turtles
Coding - Video Game and Storytelling Creation
Participant 3D Keychain
Last year I read an article on Edutopia by Sam Patterson about Family Hour of Code and another dream was born. I saw the impact that coding has had when it is just an hour but what would happen if we had parents and children learn together? Where could this go?
Introduction of the SP Community Hour of Code
In 2011 my first year at Stoner Prairie as the Educational Technology Coordinator, I wrote a grant to TEF to help jump start our student access to iPads. We were selected to receive $5000 which in a way was life changing for me. It made me realize that requesting money for our school could really increase access to technology for our students. Because of this kickstart by TEF, I proceeded to write and successfully obtain grants from Lowe's, Walmart, Donor's Choose, Madison4Kids, and more.
I write about this today because for the past few years I have either ran or volunteered for the Berbee Derby because of this foundation and its creator Jim Berbee. The SP Design Lab and SP Innovation Lab started because someone believed in the power of technology.
Today while volunteering to prepare t-shirt packets, I had the opportunity to work alongside Jim Berbee. Throughout the morning I realized that I was in the presence of a person who inspires others by leading by example. Not only am I grateful for having someone who gave me the opportunity to really impact our students but also someone who leads with positivity. Thank you Jim and Karen for believing in me, our students, and the community! Your impact is felt each day.
The missions and robotics have become a conduit for different students from different classrooms to learn how to work together and celebrate together. In my opinion the missions and the competition have already been won because students are problem solving, persevering, collaborating, and finding success together on a daily basis.
A few weeks ago we did a 3D project with our first graders to build on what they were learning in science.
After the insects were printed, our students created beautiful habitats for their insects in art class.