Our Year 5/6’s are totally engaged and motivated working on their Matariki projects. I can’t wait to see these completed, spray painted and hung from the ceiling. I wonder if students will think traditionally and want their ‘stars’ gold and silver or if their vision is for colour? Learners are considering movement and sound and how these might react with light and wind.
We had a couple of cold melt glue guns in the mix yesterday, these were not successful, marbles fell of when students lifted their creations, even light plastics didn’t hold. A visit to the warehouse last night saw me armed with $8 hot glue guns which were brilliant for today’s group. For this sort of project you need a glue gun for every pair working collaboratively, so watch out for cords and surfaces. A tip to remember after advice from a visiting electrician, replace your glue guns regularly, if they get a build up of melted glue......the melted glue can cause all sorts of problems to your power supply.
The 3D LEGO challenge was embraced by several classes after day 1 which was great to see. Motovated by one learners success (and stop motion video) several students went above and beyond what I had expected. The problem solving and perseverance was very evident, I loved how the group supported each other to get more and more intricate in design and detail.
Sometimes what appears as the simplest challenge can give the most surprising results. This activity involved so much maths, number, measurement, fractions.....then layering hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills on top, proved a real challenge for some learners.
Our geo board star creators became filmmakers and animators as their designs evolved. They have some stunning time lapses to reflect on and challenge others to create back in class.
We now have 6 of our 8 Matariki mini golf holes planned and prototyped. I’ll do a separate post soon with all the videos and initial buildings......it’s super exciting!
Happy Making everyone!
I wonder what the kids will call me, today one said "I'm looking for the Apple Teacher"......and another said "Are you Mrs Maker?" ......funny.