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Category: Makers’ Club and STEAM ’18-’19

Visit from the WORLD CHAMPIONS!

The third-grade Highland Drive Makers’ Club got a visit from the WORLD CHAMPION BBH High School Robotics Team!  They told us all about their design process, talked about their notebook documents, showed us videos of the championship match, AND let us drive their ‘bot! How awesome! Click here to check out the photos of their visit!  

Second Grade Egg Drop

Our second graders worked on a mini-egg drop challenge for two weeks of Makers’ Club at the end of the school year.  They were able to climb the large custodian’s ladder to test out their parachutes.   Check out the photos here.

Make Your Own Board Game

This week in third-grade Makers’ Club, we challenged students to build their own board games with a partner or on their own.  Can you believe that some kids said they do not play board games at home!?!? Students were asked to do some planning first and think through a theme, color scheme, game pieces, and rules.  Then, they began creating. Next week, students will complete their games and ask other students to play the game.  After that, we will redesign and fix our games. Please click here to see photos of our first and second planning sessions.

LEGO Cars v. Brackitz Cars

This week, students in third-grade Makers’ Club were asked to build cars.  One side of the room was given LEGO materials to work with and the other side of the room was given Brackitz thanks to a donation from the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU! Check out the photos from the run here!  

Axle Annie!

After reading the book Axle Annie to students in our second and third-grade Makers’ Clubs, we challenged students to design a “snow remover” that would help Axle Annie get up the hill even faster.  Students were asked to build a snow remover that could lift the most “snow” (cotton balls) in thirty seconds using only 3 fingers to operate. Check out these photos for the first day of the design process.


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.