As a MakerBot Ambassador, my challenge this month is to test print 5 different designs. The third design that I selected is a Sphero Clipper Boat by TTD on Thingiverse. I love using Spheros and this design offers a lot of different options for our students.
This print I did in pieces. At first I made the mistake of trying to print the arrow without supports which will not work. I printed each arrow individually as they are a large arrow. Presently I have all of the pieces printed but removing the supports is not an easy task. I no longer have any nail on either of my thumbs so I will have to find a better way to remove the supports on the last 2 arrows. After you remove the supports, the design snaps together beautifully. This lesson has so many layers and I can definitely use this across all grade levels.
What is DENSI? Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute is my "teacher" camp where if I am selected, I get to spend a week with 150 educators from the U.S.A., Canada, UK, and now several other countries learning and discovery about different uses of technology as well as other amazing ideas. Last year I learned about BreakOut Edu and this year I hope to learn even more.
Presentation - Coding Beyond Code.org
This year I will be presenting with another fabulous DEN member LeaAnne Daughrity about coding on Wednesday. Our session will be very hands-on and a nice complement to the following day of the DEN Maker Playground. Below are screen shots of the website that we will be using.
DEN Maker Playground
This year I am working on the DEN Maker Playground for our unconference day on Thursday. I have been reaching out to companies to get promotional products and also to arrange hangouts where educators can talk to the people who are designing and using the product. I am really looking forward to making this happen.
I've created table flyers with QR codes for people to learn more about the product but also contribute to a shared padlet of ideas.
I am thankful for the perseverance and problem solving that these teams showed in this challenge. Yep... it was not a bust. The only way I can make a mistake as an educator is if I am not willing to take the risk. I keep learning this lesson with my students.
About a week ago Sphero LIghtning Lab launched and I have been very excited to try some of these activities with my students. We've had Spheros for close to two years now and really never have taken the learning to the next level with these robotics. The Sphero Lightning Lab provides educators with tutorial lessons that help students and teachers take the Sphero to another level.
Hydro STEM Challenge
In the afternoon, there were 2 more sessions with 2 more classes in each session learning together. We had two wonderful volunteers from the high school to help mentor our afternoon groups. Students had a lot of fun working with someone new and learning how to code in many different ways.
SP Community Night of Code - Dec. 10th from 6-8p
Here is what one of our parents had to say about the event.
Friday, Dec. 11th
The Facilitator Presentations
Participants are Signing Up
Come join us! There is still space and we would love to have you and your child join us.
Paper Coding with Ozobots
Sphero and Ollie Golf Maze Challenge
Dash and Dot Robotics Challenges
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