What I love most about Design Lab is the flexibility and time that students have to explore. Today two fifth grade students came in and worked together to create a successful hot wheel track. It took many tries and the kindergarteners enjoyed playing with it too.
Another student took her coding to another level with the Dash and the basketball hoop.
Captured this today in the Design Lab.... pretty awesome.
Sometimes words can't capture the feeling of what happens at lunch recess every Wednesday and Friday in our LMC.
Last week was the debut of Dash Coding Basketball using Blockly and the launcher. Some students became very clever in their shots.
This week was the debut of Dash Soccer.
What I learned after 2 weeks with 23 full hours of code and 46 classrooms from Kindergarten through 5th grade..
Photos by Scott Girard
In my new role as full time Educational Technology Coordinator at two of our elementary schools, I get the opportunity to have more than one attempt at implementing different ideas. For the next two weeks, I am able to introduce our students to different ways to learn and use coding through the Hour of Code but also to help debut options that are available in SP Design Lab, SP Innovation Lab, CV Lightbulb Lab, and CV Makerspace.
After my first attempt the day prior, I was able to be prepared for 6 Hours of Code at Stoner Prairie on Friday. Thank goodness I had already had some practice because three hour sessions back to back with a half hour break and then three more hour sessions back to back isn't for the faint of heart.
The Learning Environment
Pictures cannot capture the feeling in the room. A huge thanks to our high school volunteers - Michael E., Eduardo C., Mason J., Cam M., Ethan F., and Peter D. We even had a special visit from Mr. Stremlow who made it possible for our students to be supported with high school friends.
With the iPad 1:1 Rollout complete, it is now time to concentrate on preparing for the launch of SP Design Lab and SP Innovation Lab.
Preparations - SP Mobile Makerspace