Help me give my students a camera, building/ engineering sets, and other materials that will persuade them to use outside the box thinking and problem-solving skills for their future educational careers.
I have the best job in the world! Being a school librarian is a rewarding and exciting job. There are many times that my students have come to the library discussing new projects they would like to try at home in coding, creating and even robotics.The students enjoy reading so much they are always asking for the most recent titles in the library! The School Library is no longer the place where students just sit and read.
As we create 21st century students with a lifelong love of learning, they are eager to dive into new books and projects.
The library is now a place where students can use their imagination and skills to be productive in learning! Our school community is a melting pot from cultures around the world. We are in a Title IOne community in which 75 percent of our students in one school receive free/reduced breakfast and lunch. The current trends in the school library are allowing students to become tinkers, engineers and creators.
What are we making today? As NJ Makers Day approaches, my students are preparing activities to share with the rest of the school. With the STEM building kits and Exploration Kits, the 5th and 6th grades will guide the younger students into the world of STEM. Students will use their engineering skills to build bridges with the K'Nex Bridges set, animals and more with the Brackitz set, and code a path for the Sphero Robot Ball in order to host a competition with other students that build one with the Botley Coding Robot.
With the materials that I am requesting, the 300 students I work within Grades 1 to 6 will have a chance to work on activities that they do not traditionally have in the classroom.
With the 3D Doodler sets, teams of students will use stencils to make a variety of simple 3D images like mini houses, musical instruments, and other objects. Students will also be working on paper circuits with the Makedo Cardboard Construction Toolset and the Engineering projects. With copper tape, batteries and LED lights, students can add to the building of a replica of a schoolhouse.
The Snap Circuits will immerse students into electronic projects that can lead to an interest in electric-based activities.
Other students will be able to document the event with the Canon Power Shot Camera and create a digital video review and allow students to take home a memory of this day. A photo station with a green screen adjusting the background settings will allow students to take Instant Polaroid Pictures using the Fuji Film Mini Camera.
My students deserve the best, and in my eyes, giving them these materials gives them the opportunity to succeed!
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