Students who don't usually spend their time in here during lunch are visiting to have a go with the 3D pen. We bought the one from 7Tech, and it is working very well for us. I currently have only one pen, and we are waiting on delivery of two more. I think this is going to be a great tool for the kids to sit around, chat, and create together.
|Students visit the library just to draw with the 3D pen, glad to have them|
The students used the Bird Brain Robot Server to access Snap to program the Finch Robot. Scratch works too, but you need the Scratch offline editor downloaded on the computer to do the programming. We downloaded the robot server, but we accessed Snap online. I liked that there were different levels of Snap for the students to use from very easy to more complicated.
Snap is programmed to run the Finch through the maze
|Students program the Finch Robot|
The students continue building new constructions with the Lego WeDo kit. As soon as they get one built and programmed, we film it in action like the one below. Then they pull it apart to build something new. Today they programmed a prop plane to make the propeller spin and a crane to lift an object created out of Legos. .
|Lego mini figures were finally added to the original Lego Station|
They are a huge hit
I will say that more middle school students and mostly the 6th and 7th graders are engaging with the materials in the makerspace. Some of the high school students will try something out, but none seem interested in investing a lot of time. I hope this will change, or I hope that as the middle school students get older, they will continue what they started.