Makerspace & 3D Printing Field Trip
In April, I took a group of fifth graders to a local middle school. Since the fall, this group of five students, have been part of my "Coding Crew", learning the Python programming language. Because of their involvement in programming, they helped to implement our school wide computer science initiative, Hour of Code in December. These 5th graders taught younger students about the importance of computer science and helped them learn how to use coding programs and apps. The field trip was a reward for the efforts of these students in promoting technology at our school.
At Smith Middle, our group of students were led by the dynamic duo, Greg Garner, Instructional Tech Facilitator and Gabriel Grana, Teacher Librarian. They planned a rotation of four stations:
- The Un-Makerspace: Students used a variety of tools to take apart old printers and computers. Some of the students even had time to come up with new uses for the parts.
- Coding Station: Students used web and iPad tools such as Trinket, 123D Sculpt-It, and Tinkercad to practice their coding skills in conjunction with elements of design.
- 3D Printing: Students had a mini-lesson on 3D printing which included seeing the Makerbot in action and getting a chance to check out various 3D printed projects that were created by middle school students.
- Video Creation: Students used the photos, videos and screenshots they had taken throughout the session to create and narrate a video of their experience using the tool, Shadow Puppet EDU.