2015

Goals of the Makers Space at DBCPS

  • Student Centred Learning
  • Inquiry Based
  • Hands On
  • Creative
  • Inventive
  • Higher Order Thinking
  • Engaging
  • Student Owned

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2015 Outcomes

  • 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 –

1.Collaboration

2.Critical Thinking

3.Creativity

4.Communicating

5.Character

  • School New Pedagogies for
    Deep Learning Project focused
    on the Maker room.

A New Challenge – Student Led Maker Event Term 3 2015

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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.
  • Budget.
  • Room Layout.
  • All equipment.
  • Advertising.
  • Invitations.
  • registrations.
  • Morning tea.
  • Room set up and pack up.
  • additional student presenters when required.

Workshops

  • Our workshops consisted of the following
  • Animation
  • Soft Circuits
  • Mind Storms
  • Robotics
  • Makey Makey
  • Scratch
  • Turtle Are
  • We Do
  • Squishy Circuits
  • Sticky Circuits
  • WeDo – expert level

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Workshop Introductions

Making Event

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.

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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
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