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Category: Makers’ Club and STEAM ’15-’16

Fun with LEGOs!

This week, we used all of our LEGO Power!  Students were able to use the LEGO Story Starter Kits, the LEGO WeDo Kits, or the containers of LEGOs to free build or engage in the LEGO Challenges on note cards.  We had a lot of fun with the blind-fold challenge!

The Triple C Challenge

The Triple C Challenge includes craft sticks, cups, and cubes. Students were first asked to make the tallest structure they could using one cube as the base of the structure.  This was difficult! Next, students worked on making the tallest structure they could using any of the materials as a base. We also experimented with different types of blocks to see which ones would give us the most stability. Students quickly learned that they would need to put their materials together and work as a group.  It was fun to see the little light bulbs going on in their minds…

The Chocolate Touch

The Makers’ Club was responsible for making the decorations in the main lobby for the month of “One School, One Book.”  The entire school read The Chocolate Touch together. We had a lot of fun coming up with different types of candy to create!  Hershey’s Kisses!  M&Ms!  Life Savers!

LEGO WeDo Kits!

As an introduction to LEGO Robotics, the BBH Schools Foundation was able to provide our club with the grant money for these amazing LEGO WeDo Kits.  Each kit has four motors inside and enables the students the chance to make at least 8 different “robots.”  We were amazed at what the students could do with very little assistance. 

Floating Boat Challenge

This week, we had to make a boat that used at least one piece of styrofoam and one straw, was at least 6 inches tall, included a flag, and could hold 5 quarters without sinking for at least 10 seconds. At some point in the challenge, we also learned that wet tissue paper bleeds dye into a container of water.

Squishy Circuits

This week, we made “Squishy Circuits” in Makers’ Club.  We mixed and prepared the insulating dough during our club time while Miss Kolis prepared the conductive dough at home.  We used battery packs and LED lights to form a circuit and light up the bulbs. You can find out more about Squishy Circuits here.

We’re Making Monsters!

This week, students were able to use any of the available materials to make a robot or monster.  The robot or monster was supposed to have movable arms, but that was a little more difficult than we thought it would be. Also this week, students had a chance to tell what they loved about Makers’ Club and many of them were featured on my twitter page with their quotes.