Found the room Tues evening!
Everyone really started pouring in at about 12:50, and Vinnie launched at 1pm with introductions to the team, and introduction to the importance of kids persevering through tough hands-on projects, designing and creating for themselves, and experience the art and science of engineering even with the simplest materials... A very brief intro, and then we showed our stations!
- Paper Speakers
- Sewn Circuits
- Copper tape circuits
- Lego WeDo Rube Goldberg devices
(Have you ever used Fotor to make collages? So fun...)
Our participants spread out and dove into their projects by 1:20. Most participants spent a solid 20 to 30 minutes at each station, creating their speakers, wonderful unique MakeyMakey controllers, cute sewn LED circuit accessories, copper tape circuits, and intricate Rube Goldberg devices. A few people stayed intensely focused on one session for the full 2+ hours, like a few on the Rube Goldberg team!
Here is the brief intro guide I made for the Sewn Circuits table:
Find my materials/sources list for Sewn Circuits activities here!
(I want to a see the video of this teeny speaker in action!)
Sewn Circuits - hard at work!
Sewn Circuits - a couple finished products!
Copper tape circuits:
A demo Drum Shirt made by one of my 6th gr girls
Four-player Pac Man
Participant-created controllers, including my new fave kit element: gloves!
Rube Goldberg device:
Ball rolls down ramp, triggers WeDo motion sensor, WeDo lifts lever, knocks over dominoes,
domino falls onto lever on floor, launches astronaut lego people!
As a presenter, I had a FANTASTIC time supporting teachers in exploring these different tools, creating their own unique items, and growing their perseverance, prototyping, and grit! In our wrap-up, Vinnie shared a ton of resources that we'll make available here, and participants shared their learning. Wonderful share-outs included anecdotes of developing their own confidence in this type of building, discussions of pedagogy of supporting such open-ended exploration, and ideas for getting started back at participants' own home schools!
My own new learning:
One participant shared a great new acronym that I'm hoping to bring home with me... Instead of "STEAM" (which is too science/tech focused), their school uses "IDEA" - Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art! I like that focus on design, as well as rolling "technology, science and math" of STEAM (and "robotics" if you're "STREAM") all into "Engineering," since that's really what it's all about!