Today's Senior students completed a raft of challenges covering the STEAM spectrum.
Interestingly a lot more chose the STEAM bins and some of them reached amazing heights......literally! This room is a hive of activity and as one of our DP's commented after a visit "every learner was engaged and obviously had their curiosity sparked."
Yesterday was our first session with Year 6's in the Makerspace. Bigger kids, less space but WOW, what an amazing time we had. Learners visited the Year 5/6 page on this website, made their choice of which challenge to complete then set to the task.
We had students....
Building Lego robots
Using Steam bins
Creating digital artwork from 5 year olds drawings (part 1 completed today to create their first sketch using Sketch Book on their iPads......next they need to consider how to make their drawing 3d)
Engineers designing their own robots (out of 'junk')
And a group 'following their passions' and getting 'crafty'! (we are going to revisit this component as this space just couldn't cope with the storing of partly finished constructions and also we needed to plan more thoroughly and stretch our thinking rather than 'pretty up' e.g. pencil holders out of tin cans).
Arrived home from work to my latest Amazon delivery. Perfect timing for my planning in the weekend.......I've had a quick flick through so I'm looking forward to reading them all. You are Stardust and Wild Ideas are by the same author Elin Kelsey and the Artwork is by Soyeon Kim - they are just amazing. I plan on basing some senior creative sessions around this style. I'll add a close up......every item looks like it is hand drawn and suspended in a 3D setting - divine!
A page from 'Wild Ideas - let nature inspire your thinking' by Elin Kelsey.
The last session of the day saw several newbies introduced into the Makerspace. After reading the hilarious story which had them all hooked we created 'undies' for our naked turtle (which of course they thought was even more hilarious but in fact was a 3D style shell). I provided the turtle shape and a 'ruler guide' which they used to lay on boxes, paper or card to cut around. This was a challenge! They then folder the ends and stuck their strip onto the turtle (we left any extra decorating until the end otherwise our creations don't get finished in the timeframe). Fine motor skills, co operation, collaboration and rich language filled the room. Learners were so proud of themselves and all but one totally finished. These kids are a delight!
I discovered this site on Pinterest and adapted the idea so rather than giving learners the course strips they chose, measured and cut their own. This also made each creation unique and providing dead challenge and problem solving opportunities.
For the first of today's Friday afternoon 5 year olds sessions I used the same book as yesterday but in a different way. Today we focused on how we would keep ourselves dry in a storm, generating lots of ideas and then creating some umbrella art. I've realized things need to be far more structured with this group for them to feel they have experienced success. So today's challenge focused on following instructions and fostering independence.
Today's igniter was the book Cricket's Storm, written by Joy Cowley. Learners used egg cartons to create their 'critter' and their challenge was to design something that would keep their critter dry in the rain. In reality most spent the session on their critter. Those that accepted the challenge made everything from an umbrella to a decorative leaf to a 'hinged box'. Many lessons were learnt in this session e.g. the classroom set of children's scissors are not great for cutting anything 'thick', or for piercing. 5 year olds LOVE paint and put layer upon layer on the smallest of surfaces.
Our painted creations weren't dry by the end of our session so would be finished off back in their class tomorrow. At least one learner had only started school yesterday.
I am loving the rich language, laughter and wonderment and awe that is filling our Makerspace environment.
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.