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Before we all got iced out, we got more chances to engage in hands-on making, robotics and programming around the district.  The first step was exposing teachers to different options and ideas that were available.  After conferring with grade level and building teams we made a plan to provide the opportunity for students to engage in these activities. The outcome we are hoping for is to see teachers and students continue to use these techniques and technologies to support learning!

Here is a snapshot of what we were up to:

Barnes Elementary

Students and teachers engaged in hands on “Hour of Code ” activities. Kindergarteners programmed the Code-a-Pillar and used Ozmo blocks to solve programming and math challenges. Second graders took their Ozobot skills to the next level by drawing color coded programming instructions to solve maze problems. Fifth graders test flew our brand new LEGO WEDO 2.0 kits, successfully building and programming some basic robots. We plan to return to Barnes for a larger school wide event in the Spring.

McKinley Elementary

All fifth grade students at McKinley rocked hands-on making and programming robots using LEGO WEDO 2.0 kits.  We were psyched to see so much collaboration and perseverance.  The bus will return right after the break to continue into some more complex builds and programming challenges.

Meadow Park Middle School

Meadow park MYP Design Class teachers wanted to expose kids to 3d design and printing. Students worked together in groups to go through the engineering/design process to make working bookends for the library.   They translated these designs to a 3d file in TinkerCad to print.  To make this process more efficient, we worked with a small group of “Tech Sherpas” from each class before the project started.  The Sherpas learned how to load and unload filament, troubleshoot the printers, and print files from various design and slicing tools.  They became the printing experts in the room, helping other students realize their designs.  We were thrilled with the quality and detail of the final projects, and it was cool to really road test the MakerBots and Dremels.  The bus will follow up with these design classes to plan future collaborations.

The calendar is filling up for 2017, we are going to put some serious miles on this bus!  We are excited to continue to learn and grow together, see you in the new year!

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