The Maker Movement
Creativity Challenge with Strawbees
1 Sheet of Strawbees
You may use any technology to help you with this challenge but your final design can only use strawbees and straws.
Here is a video that Janet Farnan our Learning Resource Coordinator took of what our SP Design Lab looks like when all of our first graders are together. Normally we don't have one grade level at a time in the Design Lab but for these special circumstances it happened and it helped me to see what our SP Design Lab could look and sound like in the future. Sometimes you have to try something different to have "aha" moments. It was an "AHA" moment for several of us.
The sounds of learning and engagement can be heard and seen. But don't take it from me... check it out for yourself through these videos or stop by and learn with us.
I love legos! I've always wanted a lego table and our PTO has made this possible for our SP Design Lab. I bought all of the parts and my husband put it together today. I can't tell you how excited I am to share this with our students.
Our 4 Cube 2nd Generations arrived on Tuesday. Wednesday morning was time to setup all of the machines.
Used blue painters tape immediately. The first print when almost flawlessly until the top of the rook and then the extruder jammed and the print failed.
Used blue painters tape but the extruder head is missing the black part. 3D Systems says that shouldn't matter yet the PLA seems to be attaching to the printer head and creating blobs.
Earlier this year 3D Systems MakerLab Club had an application to receive 3D printers for makerspaces and libraries throughout the country. For those of you who have been following my SP Design Lab journey for the past year, you will not be surprised to know that I applied. The maximum donation was for 4 printers and hoping to achieve at least 1 printer, I applied for 4. Below you will find the response.....
Can you hear it? Can you see it? Can you feel it?
Walking into the SP Design Lab, the first thing you will see is students engaged in many different types of learning and play. Some students are teaching each other how to play Minecraft. Some students are trying the Sphero and laughing as they create challenges navigating the robotic ball. Some students are using the Osmos to create tangram designs. Some students are clustered around a table creating bracelets using rainbow looms or fingers.
The most powerful part of the Design Lab is students talking to each other irregardless of what grade they are in. Laughing, sharing, and teaching each other.
What you want for me to play with cardboard? What about Minecraft? These are just a few of the responses that I heard this week. Several students looked at me like I was talking crazy while others couldn't wait to get started. Others sat and watched and after 10 minutes were completely engaged in making something that only they could see.
Here are some things that we have learned in only two days.
Having limited materials causes wonderful challenges. We didn't have enough cutting tools, scissors, or tape. Of course we can buy more but is that really the solution? Several students resorted to crying when the teacher wouldn't get them the materials that they wanted... but soon realized that part of a collaborative environment is that the teacher is no longer who you need to talk with but rather other groups who are using the materials. Learning how to share is an essential collaborative skill that we all need to develop.
Working with Partners
Some students immediately found others and started to brainstorm and create. Today many of them returned to finish what they were creating. It was beautiful to watch the collaboration and engagement of the groups.
The sound of cardboard cutting and imagination has just begun. Some students spent 10-15 minutes just sitting in their cardboard box. I'm not sure where they traveled while in their box but it looked like fun. I can't wait to see what the next teams will do!
This website is a resource library that is evolving for Makers in the Education movement. Highlighting how to get started, making the case, other makerspaces, and projects are just a few of the amazing resources that the Maker Education Initiative has aggregated for educators.
Today was the beginning of cardboard creation. One of our fabulous custodians accidentally recycled all of our cardboard so Mike Brown, our lead custodian, and I had to fish it out of the dumpster.
Some students jumped right in and started creating. We quickly realized that we didn't have enough of the awesome Makedo cutter tools but many of the teams found a way to overcome limited tools. Our Makedo tools really make creating with cardboard and recycled materials easily.