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Month: January 2019


This week we turned our makerspace into a “breakerspace!”  With the help of Mr. C, our club got a chance to take apart some old machines using wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers.  We had a great time seeing what was inside! Click here to see our photos!

Penguin Skating Challenge

This week, our challenge was to get our penguins to ice skate.  It took a few minutes, but students eventually got the hang of attaching paperclips to their penguins so that they could use the magnet wand below their paper plate. This was a fun and awesome challenge. Click here to see our photos!

Igloo Challenge and Magic Snow! Oh my!

As our weather started to change to actual winter weather, Miss Chilcott brought us two awesome snow challenges. Click here to see our students completing the Igloo Challenge.  They had to create an igloo using only 3 materials (7 were options) with a dome roof and a tunnel. Students also worked to follow a recipe to make some magic snow!  Did you smell the peppermint from there?!?! Click here to see this.

Girls Who Code at Highland!

Miss Chilcott and Miss Kolis have started a Girls Who Code club at Highland Drive!  The club meets once a week on Mondays during lunch and lunch recess time.  The club will run in four-week sessions using a different coding tool every four weeks.  Please click here to see photos from our club meetings. Session 1- Bloxels Session 2- LEGO Education WeDo Session 3- CS First Session 4-

We Got a 3D Printer!

Thanks to some really generous donors on the website Donors Choose, we got a 3D printer! You can see our project posted here. You can check out the unboxing of our 3D printer here! In January of 2019, students were able to watch the 3D printer in action! In February of 2019, third-grade students will learn to use the website Tinkercad and will design their own items in 3D.  After this, students will vote on their favorite designs and the top ten will be printed!  

Pumpkin Investigations 2018

  Once again this year, our STEAM Room was turned into the land of pumpkin investigations for our classes to participate in some additional hands-on science.  Students enjoyed working in teams to measure, weigh, make estimates, smell, touch, and even taste the pumpkins! Click here to see some of our classes participating in these investigations in October of 2018.

OZOBOTS in ’18-’19

A fan favorite!  We’ve once again brought out the OZOBOTS for our second- and third-grade Makers’ Clubs this year!  They LOVE them! We love to bring out the OZOBOTs and let the students explore first.  What does this color combination do?  How do these markers work?  How will this thing turn on?  Next, we give them a “cheat sheet” with the specific color codes.  And in a separate week, we have challenges with our OZOBOTs. Click here to see some of our students exploring, labeling, and designing tracks for their mini coding robots.

Attachment Techniques in 18-19

Miss Kolis and Miss Chilcott spent time at the beginning of the school year helping students to learn some attachment techniques with cardboard.  This helps set the stage for the rest of the year when they are asked to solve problems, design, and build using this medium. Students learned flanges, slots, brads (aka fasteners), and a few other simple techniques. Check out our students practicing with these attachment techniques here.