The Process is the Power: Educating through Making
My students need a Makedo kit to support their boundless creativity when building with cardboard and other recyclables. 2 Ozobots and 2 Makey Makey sets will allow groups of students to develop their coding skills.
Day by day my students impress me with their kindness, tenacity, and creativity. Students make a huge effort to give back to others and are passionate about community service projects such as fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
They understand the power of "yet" and persevere through learning challenges.
The students I see in my classroom struggle with reading, but they inspire me with their positive attitudes and eagerness to learn.
They love problem solving and working together on STEM challenges. Students come alive when they design, present, and create (from scratch!) arcade games made of cardboard and recyclables.
These students are truly amazing!
Young children are brimming with curiosity and creativity. These qualities can be nurtured and celebrated in a makerspace. I hope to create an environment were children can explore different aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (or STEAM).
In order to promote problem solving and foster collaboration among students, our school makerspace needs to provide open-ended activities that groups of students can work on together.
To this end I am seeking several Ozobots and Makey Makey sets. The Makey Makey tool allows students to engage in hands on learning and solve real world engineering challenges by making any conductive object act as a computer key! Ozobots allow even our youngest kindergarten students to learn coding through the use of colored markers that act as the programming language for the Ozobot.
A straw building set, and a Makedo set of tools to help students build with cardboard round out the materials that can help jump start our makerspace challenges. All of these items allow for open-ended exploration, play, and learning. This leads to students who are highly engaged, who are confident in their problem solving abilities, and who are creative thinkers. These are characteristics that will serve them well throughout their lives.
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