News from Mrs. Monticello!
Earlier this year, Ms. Harrigan and I attended a Makerspace workshop which focused on the benefits of implementing makerspaces in schools to provide students additional opportunities for hands-on STEM activities involving collaboration, design and creativity.
We introduced our makerspace to the school community in mid-Sept. Ms. McAllister and I are currently working closely with faculty in Early Childhood - 8th Grade to plan STEM challenges and activities that are relevant to the teachers' curriculum areas. Faculty members are asked to submit lesson plans which assist them in planning relevant activities. Faculty members then schedule a time for their students to visit the makerspace bi-monthly with them present. Ms. McAlister and I provide hands-on assistance to faculty and students while they are using the space.
While in the makerspace, the students work collaboratively, in small groups, using a variety of technology and common materials to complete STEM/design challenges. In completing such challenges, students are using the engineering design process to investigate, design, create and evaluate. This affords students with opportunities to utilize hands-on, critical thinking skills, as each team member has a chance to act as designer, builder, quality control engineer and product tester while completing the challenges. These challenges are preparing our students for technological and collaborative challenges they will face in their future.
2018-12-11 from Visitation Academy Tech Projects on Vimeo .
STREAM Activity: Making Bristlebots in the Makerspace! - 8th grade students worked in pairs to build “bristlbot” robots.
What is a bristlebot? It's a simple, small robot created using the head of a toothbrush, pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, double-sided tape, a vibrating motor and a small coin cell battery. While following the steps to construct it, they reviewed circuitry skills; how properly connecting the metal wires of the motor to the positive and negative sides of the battery caused motion. The robot moved by vibrating its body. Through trial and error and by changing the position of some components, they discovered how the speed and direction of the bristlebot was effected.
Second grade students were invited to share in this activity. Second grade learned how battery-operated objects work and each team were able to see their bristlebots come alive.
Maker Space STREAM Activity from Visitation Academy Tech Projects on Vimeo .