In response to all the requests for visits I have decided to run a 'Developing a Makerspace' workshop in week 8 (Wednesday December 6th, 9-12) of this term.
Numbers will be strictly limited so you get lots of opportunity to have your questions answered and time to tinker with robots to see what will work best for you in your school. I'll also share my 'must have list' and show you how wise spending can cater for every age level.......find out the best place to access all that you need without blowing the budget!
Take a look at the flyer for all the info and if you are keen let me know asap. If you'd like the flyer emailed to you just let me know.
Duplo kits and buckets in action above, the kits have a series of challenge cards to build vehicles and objects that all move and have functioning parts (e.g. a windmill, a sail boat and lots more, the cards vary in level and difficultly).
We’ve just had our first week of lunchtime Lego (and Duplo) Club...we decided on a format, Monday’s ‘Senior Sorters’ (volunteers who will help sort kits for the week ahead), Tuesday is Year 1 and 4, Wednesday there’s No Club, Thursday is Year 2 and 5, Friday is Year 3 and 6. Splitting the year groups works well as we have split lunchtimes (our juniors eat first then play and our Seniors play first then eat). This means Seniors can get set up and started before Juniors arrive. The mixing of year groups also allows for tuakana-teina and sibling bonding (as in the photos above with 2 brothers top left and a brother/sister bottom left).
We had another Lego and Duplo order arrive (thanks to Toyworld and their fantastic deal) so we have ‘buckets’ now as well as challenge kits, WEDo, and EV3 robotics. I’ve printed and laminated lots of different challenge cards and am moving on to print ‘backgrounds’ next week for Lego animation and Duplo shadow puppets. Our tamariki are just loving the opportunity to problem solve and build. It’s also great to offer another lunchtime option to cater for different social groups.
Lego, this group choose to use 'challenge' cards that I have printed out and laminated (e.g make a zipline that can carry a lego figure from one point to another safely, video your creation in action).
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.