DreamIT Project

Making and Unmaking. . .

"Leap and the net will appear." -Zen Saying

Maker Faire Rocked!

In preparation for Maker Faire, the students had the chance to write a grant to support their learning.  In their grant application, they had to answer three primary questions:

  • What do you want to learn?
  • How do you want to learn it?
  • How will you share your learning with others?

I offered this opportunity to all of the 4th-8th graders at our school.  I must admit, I was nervous about the outcome since it was impossible for me to keep tabs on 150 different projects, but the results were amazing!  The parents who attended the Maker Faire commented that they were impressed with how eloquently the students were able to speak about their work.  Their passion really shone through!  It affirmed for me how important it is to give students choice and ownership over their own learning.  I am hoping that as they have this opportunity year after year, they will develop more insight into how they learn.  For next next year, I am considering introducing some concepts of project development/management (I am specifically looking at SCRUM).  

I think that we often underestimate what kids can do.  My goal is to take the roof off.

 atomic bomb: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pingnews/479886195/, bonsai: https://www.flickr.com/photos/45271580@N07/4691751909 child blowing , bubbles: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Soapbubbles-SteveEF.jpg/225px-Soapbubbles-SteveEF.jpg

Students designing duplicates of legos using Tinkercad

3D Prints designed by students

Kindergarteners learning basic computer programming with code.org


Making Lava Lamps to explore density and molecular polarity

Students mocking up prototypes using play foam

Wearable Electronics Club

Exploring forces and motion with a falling weight system