Goals of the Makers Space at DBCPS
- Student Centred Learning
- Inquiry Based
- Hands On
- Higher Order Thinking
- Student Owned
Considerations Prior to Starting in March 2015
- Student opinion surveys indicated that students enjoyed science especially science week celebrations.
- Students to be engaged in hands on learning.
- School is a 1 to 1 netbook school thus digital resources were available.
- Student voice is a school priority.
- Inquiry Learning is a school priority.
- Singapore Conference – Principal contact with Stephen Heppell re makers learning environment
- Gary Stager PD late 2014.
- Start small – 5 grades 5/6 Area for 2015. Semester 1, two 5/6 classes, Semester two, 3 grade 5/6 classes.
- Expand – to include 3/4 classes in Semester 2.
- New Pedagogies for Deeper Learning Project.
2015 Empty Room What Resources?
- Room located near Art room and Performing Arts room.
- Fold up Tables.
- Borrowed equipment from Digital Learning Team for a few weeks. Little Bits, Shield Bots, Spark Fun Sets Makey Makey kits.
- We Had Turtle Art, Microworlds, Scratch and Construction materials.
The First Month
- Students chose and rotated through materials.
- Very little teacher input but 5 questions –
- What is it?
- What does it do?
- How does it work?
- Is there a website?
- Can I use it or invent something with it?
- Meanwhile lots of teacher research into appropriate materials required for success.
Equipment for Our Makers Room
- Makey Makey Sets – 1 between 2 students.
- Scratch – AN ABSOLUTE CORNER STONE for the program.
- Reverse Art Truck Membership – collect construction materials.
- Art equipment – paint, cover paper, scissors, glue pva and stronger, colour pencils and grey lead pencils.
- Sewing materials – including felt, conductive yarn, and a glue gun.
- Lego We Do – minimum 3 sets per grade participating.
- Lego Mind Storms Ev3 –10 robots.
- Assorted electronics equipment – led lights, button batteries and carriers, AA batteries and carriers.
- Tools – pliers, glue guns, wire strippers.
- Digital Cameras – student animation and reflection.
- Microworlds – site Licence.
- Range of how to support materials on hand to assist students.
- Playdough recipe – salt and sugar.
- Little Bits.
- Students engaged – evidenced by student enthusiasm, students requesting extra time to work on projects at recess and lunch times and a few students spending a curriculum day working at school.
- Students constructing and inventing
- Students demonstrating –
- School New Pedagogies for
Deep Learning Project focused
on the Maker room.
A New Challenge – Student Led Maker Event Term 3 2015
Student Led Maker Event Term 3 2015
- Student owned and student led maker event
- Conference Committee – 10 students
- Excursions – Awesome Sylvia and Matthew Flinders Girls Makers Event
- Weekly Meetings
- Student Tasks –
- Event program.
- Room Layout.
- All equipment.
- Morning tea.
- Room set up and pack up.
- additional student presenters when required.
- Our workshops consisted of the following
- Soft Circuits
- Mind Storms
- Makey Makey
- Turtle Are
- We Do
- Squishy Circuits
- Sticky Circuits
- WeDo – expert level
Lego ‘WeDo’ Workshop Introduction
Robotics – Mindstorms workshop introduction.
TurtleArt workshop introduction.
Outcomes – Student Led Maker Event
Term 3 2015
- Seven schools
- 57 students
- 12 teachers with students
- 2 teachers from visiting college.
- 22 Dallas Brooks Community Primary School student presenters.
Outcomes – Student Led Maker Event
Term 3 2015 – Dignitaries
- The Mayor of Hume – Cr Adem Atmaca
- Assistant Regional Director North Western – Barbara Crowe
- Northern Region – Claude Sgori
- Principal Glenroy West Primary School – Pamela Streete
- Education Technology Sydney – Matt Peedwell – Sponsor and Workshop
- Digital Learning – Wendy Macpherson