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Month: January 2017

Bucket Tower Challenge!

In our second week back in the makerspace in 2017, second and third graders were engaged in different projects.  Typically we complete the same challenge or project on Thursday and Friday, but this week was a little different. Third graders competed in the Bucket Tower Challenge.  Students were asked to create a structure that could hold a hanging bucket with the most money inside.  Once students had created their structure using straws, tape, and paper cups, we tested the strength by adding quarters, nickels, and dimes to the “bucket.”  Three groups tied by holding up $12.80 (some could’ve held more…

Penguin Stations!

In our second week back in the makerspace in 2017, second and third graders were engaged in different projects.  Typically we complete the same challenge or project on Thursday and Friday, but this week was a little different. Second grade students completed “Penguin Stations” created by “Science School Yard” and retrieved from Teachers Pay Teachers.  These stations were awesome!  Students created an ice skating rink for a penguin and used magnets to make their penguin “skate,” built the tallest towers for the penguins out of toothpicks and marshmallows, created a “penguin place” as a home for the penguins, and built an…

Paper Chain Challenge!

In our first week back in the makerspace after Winter Break, we completed a challenge where students had to work in teams of 2-5 students.  Groups were picked by Miss Kolis and Mrs. Wiesler and students were given 2 pairs of scissors, 2 glue sticks, and 1 piece of construction paper.  Students were asked to make the longest paper chain they could out of one piece of paper.  After 20 minutes, students had to drop their materials and be ready to get measured. In our second grade club, the longest chain was 116 inches long! In our third grade club,…

Making Winter Decorations!

In the weeks before Winter Break, students were able to create some winter decorations while in the Makers’ Club.  There were great Christmas trees, reindeer, snowflakes, snowmen, and even a “Christmas shield!”  Oh how the third graders can turn any project into an opportunity for shields!

HD Meets the MS!

In December 2016, we were able to take 15 third grade students to the BBH Middle School to do an Intro. to Coding lesson with the Advanced Computers class taught by Mr. Ryan MacRaild.  We had a great time and get to dive into some pretty heavy coding skills!  Thanks to Mr. MacRaild and his 8th grade students for the lesson and the hospitality. On our way out, we took a detour into the STEM room run by Mrs. Cathy Roderick.  We cannot wait to go back!