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.
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.
Students and families were able to enjoy the Makerspace during Share Fair this Thursday.
In the Verona Press
So this year I brainstormed all of the ways that our students could code with the materials that we have available. I spent a day creating posters and preparing materials.... so that students could engage in meaningful coding activities.
The Finches arrived just in time to debut. We have 30 of them until March through a grant from Finch Robot.
Osmo Coding was a huge success and with the easy reset all levels feature, I was able to quickly reset it for each new group.
What I Learned
Last Saturday at the Barnes and Noble Maker Faire while I was sharing about Little Bits, I was introduced to the MeeperBot 2.0. MeeperBot is created by a local company in Whitewater, Wisconsin.
What is a MeeperBot? MeeperBot is a mobile lego machine connected via bluetooth to an iOS or Android device. You can build on the platform with your legos to create while using the MeeperBot app to drive or code your machine. After learning about the MeeperBot 2.0, I ordered 5 MeeperBots for Country View and Stoner Prairie to use in our makerspaces and for the hour of code and beyond.
On Friday evening I traveled to the headquarters of MeeperBot which will soon be a store front. I was able to spend more than an hour learning about the process of how the MeeperBot was conceived and the updates that are coming soon. I loved learning about the design process behind the MeeperBot as well as learning about the interior components. Before the MeeperBot was made with injection molds, the prototype was created with an Ultimaker 3D printer. I can't wait to invite Jim Brandon one of the co-founder's to share with our students about his design.
The First Drive
The First Coding