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16-17

A Visit from the Nature Center!

On March 13th, Ms. Kelly from the Brecksville Nature Center visited our makerspace to conduct the program “Form Fits Function!” for our students.  Students learned about the different types of bird beaks and the adaptations birds make to find food and eat.  From the photos below, you can see this was a huge hit!  Thanks … Continue reading »

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Welcome Our New Friend, the Axolotl!

We got a pet!  The STEAM Room got a pet!   Welcome to our new friend, the axolotl!  His name will be coming as soon as each class gets a chance to vote! Check out 14 Fun Facts About Axolotls! Thanks to the STEM coach, Mrs. Leizman, for sharing him with us!

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Chinese Dragons!

At Highland Drive, along with the other elementaries in the district, are participating in the One District, One Book initiative.  This year we are reading the book In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Bette Bao Lorde.  The main character in the book is emigrating from China and in her honor, we … Continue reading »

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Dog Sled Prototypes

This week, we welcomed Mrs. Niedermeyer to the STEAM Room (aka makerspace) to complete a STEM project called “Design a Dogsled!”  After learning about dogsled races and getting to Facetime with a musher who races in the Iditarod, third grade students were introduced to the parts and main functions of a dogsled.  Students were then … Continue reading »

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Northeast Ohio Rocks!

This week in the makerspace, our second and third grade students, in conjunction with the Highland Drive Kindness Club, painted rocks.  The rocks are to be hidden in plain sight ANYWHERE (Can you believe that someone even found a NEO Rocks! rock in South Africa?!?!).  The purpose of the rock painting goes along with a … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Wallets

This week in Makers’ Club, we stressed the importance of following directions.  We also encouraged students to make a plan and concentrate in an effort to save some of the materials.  We are really working on conserving materials and making a plan before beginning. While most students thought this project would be “easy-peasy,” our little … Continue reading »

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Free Build Fun Days!

Many times throughout the week, we hear from students who ask if they can have a “free day” in the makerspace.  We like to appease them once in awhile and allow them the chance to “free build” with most materials available in the room.  Students come up with some great creations.  This time we saw … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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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 … Continue reading »

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