I am clearly going to need to get my hands on more ‘take apart’ equipment! Today was the first session for Year 5 and 6 in the Makerspace and the ‘Tinker’ station was a huge hit. The group took apart a CD Player, a wired keyboard, a TV Remote, a wired mouse, a powerboard and a speaker unit. They documented (using iPad), video, time lapse, stop motion and pic collage) and discussed each ‘layer’ as they looked at all the intricacies that make their piece of equipment work. Tomorrow’s group have a desk lamp, a toaster, a hairdryer, a power plug and more! The ignitor for our session was the book ‘The Colour Monster’ and each station was planned to invoke emotions and for students to discuss and relate their emotions back to the book. The ‘pop up’ station wasn’t as popular as I expected with only one choosing it in the first session and 3 in the second. The OSMO Coding Jam station was where we related music and beat to emotions.....we talked about Bruno Mars’ Song ‘Happy’ and how this makes us feel as well as ‘beats and tones’ such as the ‘dadum dadum dadum’ of the ‘Jaws’ movie sound effect and how that makes us feel. The biggest group once again was the Mystery Bag Challenge station which surprised me. Learners were stretched by many of the cards. Tomorrow I have 2 more Year 5/6 classes so I’m looking forward to reflecting on their choices, I will drop the pop up station if it’s not popular after tomorrow’s sessions. The dynamics in each class are always different but that doesn’t mean I always get it right. I’m thinking of adding either a ‘colour themed LEGO robotics station or a science experiment.......
PLEASE NOTE: Any ‘take aparts’ such as computers, laptops etc have had glass removed, I have obtained ‘dummy’ equipment in some cases eg anything dangerous removed, I also have an electrician parent who can advise re safety of components and whether something is ‘fit for purpose’. Safety always comes first, we are NOT ‘smashing’ this is a Tinker or ‘take apart session where there is a focus on considering reverse engineering and how things work.
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.