The Year 4’s became builders, designers, engineers and technologists over the last two days (with each of the 4 classes having a session), they examined the principals of Newton’s Law. The book “If I built a car” sparked curiosity while opening our minds and imaginations. There were 4 challenge stations to choose from, a LEGO build and technology challenge where students timelapsed, used stop motion and/or PiZap to bring their creations to life. The second station was creating a balloon powered car, the third was designing a Sphero powered car which had to actually move (the biggest challenge of all!) and the fourth station was a bridge building challenge where the bridge had to ensure a matchbox car could make it safely across with only a light push. When students are given the choice to follow what intrigues or inspires them and each choice is equipped with a problem and they have to consider and reconsider their next steps or better still to struggle with the process and then to celebrate some level of success (however small) the learning is rich and memorable. The gloves at the hot glue gun stations are working brilliantly. Thank goodness fir air conditioning today. I’m hoping our shade sail will be up in the next couple of weeks as it’s to hit outside after the morning block. This session could have been adapted to any year level. Next week I have Year 5 and 6’s in the Makerspace. Let me know if you’d like to come for a visit as our first Open day and PLD is on Friday 6th April.
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.