These two books are so inspiring and absolutely perfect to support the Maker movement. I didn’t read the books word for word but discussed the concept and ideas then introduced the ‘creations’. We shared the attributes and special characteristics then focused on the mathematical and scientific concepts eg Symmetry and design similarities. We delved deeper into the Aquatica book as this supported the current learning theme back in class.
I had four challenge stations set up for this weeks sessions with our 8 Year 5/6 classes. Each station was interdisciplinary infusing science, technology, maths and art. Planning is becoming more challenging to document as each curriculum area melds with the next. I can clearly articulate it but documenting it is challenging, I’m still not sure I have the best format.
Today’s stations were
1. BUILD - designing, creating and building a ‘Mechanica’ creature.
2. CREATE - creating an intricate symmetrical design and using the iMotion app to record its creation. (Last week in Australia I facilitated an Early Years ‘Inspiration Station’ called Nature Mandala and I adapted this idea to suit our learning context and level).
3. DESIGN - explore the app ‘Creature Garden’ and design your creature. Explore habitats and features of your creature and consider it’s features and ability to adapt to its surroundings.
4. EXPERIMENT- experimenting with symmetry and printmaking. Using a CD as a base and exploring colour and technique to produce a unique artwork.
This book does also have an online open source piece of software but I chose not to use it as I felt it was better suited for an older age group (I think it would be excellent for Years 7 and 8).
This was a learner ‘experimenting’ with design and symmetry before using technology:
Here’s an example of what was created on station 2 with layering technology:
Here’s a couple of examples of what was created on station 4:
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.