Last weeks introduction of our first Makerspace coding challenges was very well received. I set the Year 4's a 'construction' theme based around a Picture book that is focused on the job of building a school library (which is just what we are about to do......even though ours is more Makerspace than library!). My goal was to focus on 'directional language' with each station set challenges to complete e.g. the Blue Bots needed to do up, under and through. Where as Dash needed to move forward, backward, turn etc. There was also a junk station focused on building vehicles with articulated arms, augers, cranes and other concepts learnt from the text and discussions. The Duplo building kits have worked out more adaptable than I had expected and are still a challenge for the Year 4's. Racing the cars and using the 'discs' to measure distance was very engaging and students that had not chosen this station were all very eager to have the option to choose it next time. There are 8 different challenges per kit - all with moving parts and different functions (I think I may ned more than the 8 I purchased originally, I love that these sets are far more manageable than the lego and they fit for our new entrants as well, this seems a better financial option than the Lego). I also had to add a Pirate story stone set as the 'Mapping' station proved popular in two of the four sessions. I was looking forward to seeing the results of the follow up activities back in class as one of the classroom teachers who stayed for her class session was buzzing with ideas!
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.