For the last day of Makers’ Club, we wanted to go out with a BANG! And BANG, we did! We took apart clocks, calculators, a blender, a printer, and even a tv!
This week, we introduced the second and third grade students to Makey Makeys! Don’t know what a Makey Makey is? Just check out these awesome photos of our students determining if items are “conductors” or “insulators.” Spoiler: Did you know a human is a conductor?!?!
Students love their free making days!
In the first week of April, students in second and third grades completed the Spaghetti Tower Challenge with the help of Mrs. Adams, Mr. Cervenka, and Mrs. Wiesler. Students worked in groups and were provided with a box of uncooked noodles, one large marshmallow, and a roll of masking tape. The challenge was to build … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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