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.
The motor to the tire no longer worked which required taking the entire Dash apart to find out. Sadly we can't fix the motor as it is a soldered piece.
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.
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.
I am thankful because Wonder Workshop and Little Bits have stood behind their products and many times have replaced broken pieces. Now I have to contact them again. Over the course of the last year, Wonder Workshop has replaced three of our Dashes... even paid for the shipping and Little Bits has replaced several fans and vibration motors. I really appreciate both of these companies because they understand how powerful their product is for our learners and don't make it difficult when something goes wrong even if it might be a student's fault.