Today Ms. Fortney and Ms. Graham, and Ms. Lawry and Ms. Oscar's classes designed for the first time using the Bubble Wand lesson.
The older students worked with their buddy to help them create a bubble wand and then chose which project they wanted to create.
Next Tuesday we will print the top 3 designs to learn from the print how to modify our designs.
Today seven classes at Country View started our pilot of Makers Empire. Students in Ms. Nolan's (4) class are combining it with Genius Hour. Ms. Dalhoff (4/5) and Ms. Crowe (1), Ms. Fortney (5) and Ms. Graham (2), and Ms. Oscar (4) and Ms. Lawry (1) are using this opportunity to learn with their buddies.
As I look at the teacher dashboard tonight, I see that many of our students who can take their iPads home are doing it at home. I can't wait to see what this group creates!
Last year I purchased for our school the best performing printer on the market.... it prints with such high quality but I learned in the process some really important lessons.
1. Cheap filament comes at a cost - filament diameter varies and can affect the extruder. Erroring on the side of cheap is not always a good plan. I have now started to buy filament from Atomic, a company in Indiana.
2. Learning is essential for anyone who is creating in 3D - I was fortunate to have a friend who steered me to a Facebook group dedicated to the Prusa printer. It was through this group that I was able to learn about new prints as well as find resources when I couldn't solve challenges.
3. Our community is rich with help - When I couldn't get the printer online, I wrote a post on Facebook and another owner in the Fitchburg area, Mark Mayo, took hours of his life to help me fix the printer and understand how to use it more effectively.
4. Prusa has amazing customer support - Yesterday I reached out to Prusa again after Mark and I had spent several hours with the printer. Shane listened to what was happening and after explaining the situation, he offered to replace the printer under the year warranty (AMAZING!).
Wrong Reassembly - Understanding Tension
Leaving a printer in a cold room is not a good plan.
Prusa Customer Service = Amazing!
Today the last of our 474 students participated in the Hour of Code with the following classrooms: Fortney, Graham, Holland, and Smith. A huge shout out to our high school volunteers - Colleen and Lucy for helping make it happen!
Today the following classrooms participated in Hour of Code - Nolan, Weisensel, Crowe, Dalhoff, Rohlfing, and Oscar. Thank you to our high school volunteers - Edward P., Michael L., and Grant N. whose help made this happen.
I've been playing with new ideas of what I can use with students. These 3D cookie cutters intrigued me. I found the idea on Thingiverse and wanted to try it. The first two images are from Thingiverse. The blue images and broken pieces are my version. Even though it didn't turn out on the first try, it was fun to try. Now I'm back to the drawing board to think about how to make these work.
Today 7 classrooms attended the Hour of Code in the LMC - Flogel, Germann, Rebholz, Prill, Fronek, Birkett, and Wersal. This all happened with the support of our high school volunteers - Colleen A., Noah J., Qiuwen Q., and Cecilia K.
Over the next two weeks, all of our students at Country View will have the opportunity to do an Hour of Code through many different activities. Today was the first group of Battles, Ehlenbach, Zorr, Curtis, Lawry, and Messmann.