Maker Club is BACK!

We had our first meeting of Maker Club yesterday, and it’s off to a wild start! About 20 students showed up, mostly new members from the 7th grade. We started with our Quickfire Challenge after I went over some general rules for how the afternoon would run. Our Quickfire Challenge this month was a tower building competition. Students got into groups of 2-4 students and were given 10 Popsicle sticks, 10 straws, tape, and scissors. They had 10 minutes to use those supplies to build the tallest tower that was standing when the 10 minutes were up. Some students quickly realized the key to winning was building a strong base, others forgot that the heavier materials should not be on the top. Some teams had great teamwork and each had a role, and some teams worked independently and had trouble coming together at the end. The tallest tower ended up being 41″, and in 2nd place, 39″, so it was very close. The two winning teams got a candy prize and glow sticks!

When the challenge was over, students had about 40 minutes to try out all the gadgets. A lot of students were quickly drawn to the Spheros, littleBits, and 3D printer. It will take students some time to get used to using all the gadgets, and I suggested coming in at lunch time to become more comfortable with the technologies. We had 2 Spheros die, and are anxiously awaiting the replacements in the mail, so more students will have the opportunity to use them!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18!

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Maker Club Wraps Up!

The time has come…we had our last meeting of Maker Club yesterday. 😦 Students finished their fairy houses, perler bead projects, and littleBits creations. The fairy house project had been called “Miniature House Design” because honestly, I wasn’t sure that middle school students would want to make a fairy house. I thought they might be too cool for that. Turns out, they think they are cool, so calling them fairy houses didn’t bother anyone! Anyway, the fairy houses turned out awesome. The plan had been to showcase them at Highfield Hall next year, BUT a student just told me HH only runs their fairy house program every other year. BUT, why not bring the masses to Lawrence to showcase fairy houses?? I think we have a new idea on our hands!

When we first collected our nature materials, my office very closely resembled a forest…

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While I am glad to have my office back, the project really was very fun and I am excited to amp it up next year!

Enjoy some of the creations:

Ain’t No Party Like a Meme Party!

In less than ONE MONTH all library books are due! And, you 8th graders might remember the memes that hung on every wall last year as a constant reminder to return your overdue books! The memes will be back this year…and better than ever!

My challenge to you: create an awesome meme for Ms. Hines to hang around school.

Rules:

  1. It must be APPROPRIATE! No violence or bad language!
  2. It needs to talk about overdue books, or returning books to the library.
  3. It should be silly!

Give me your BEST! Due by June 6th! See Ms. Hines for more details.

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Gracing the halls this June…AWKWARD SEAL!