We have a wonderful Guest Blogger! –  Justine Dehod!

Justine is one of our amazing HCS Librarians & one of our MakerEd/STEAM Mentors. She has a heart for igniting a passion for learning in our students. Here are some of her thoughts on the MakerEd learning adventures that she and HCOS Students have had this year in the HCS Learning Commons.

September 28th, 2018 Birds, Leaves and Trees! – The students were introduced to the book ‘ Iggy Peck Architect’ by Andrea Beaty which we read and discussed. We talked about the engineering/design process which is Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve as the challenge for the STEAM project for this session was going to be designing their own tree house! The students had fun designing and creating their dream treehouses!

October 26th Pumpkin and Planks! –  We started off reading ‘ If Kids Ruled the world’ by Linda Bailey, a fun read aloud showing the imagination, creativity and ingenuity of what children would like to be and do in the world! We talked about what STEAM projects stand for S-cience, T-echnology, E-ngineering, A-rt, and M-ath!  Then it was time for Makey Makey & Keva Planks! There were pumpkin and planks galore as the kids created music and sculptures!

November 23rd, 2018: K’Nex Simple Machines! – The students reviewed what S.T.E.A.M stood for and the DESIGN concept of, ASK, IMAGINE, PLAN, CREATE and IMPROVE! Students then discussed what simple machines are and how they help us. We got creative winds blowing as we tackled the project of making K’nex Crank Fans.

December 14th, 2018: Christmas Theme S.T.E.A.M! – After reading ‘Snowflake Bentley’ written by Jacqueline Briggs we discovered that there are no two snowflakes alike! The students got to make paper snowflake designs both by cutting designs out of folded paper and making their own individual snowflake design out of painted coloured shapes. The second half of the session we read a book called Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett and created their own gingerbread man traps!

January 18th, 2019:’Little Bits’ – The ‘Little Bits’ session was an exploration and experimental time for the online students to utilize the resources we have in the physical Learning Commons. Students got to explore, discover and discuss what they found. They were challenged to make simple circuits at first and then tackled bigger challenges like making a moving vehicle, art machine, or an alarm system. The students were brilliant and rose to the challenges!

February 15t,h 2019: Electromagnetism, Homopolar Motor sculptures!  –  The students learned about the Scientific Process through the book ‘Mad Margaret Experiments with the Scientific Method’ by Eric Braun. Everyone had fun experimenting with electromagnetism and static electricity, through balloons, shocks and giggles with a group of friends. Students then switched to squishy circuits where they got to explore creating play dough circuits and use battery power to light up LEDs and make noise with buzzers. This is where the Art integration happened with STEAM!

Looking forward to more fun in our up and coming MakerEd Sessions!

April 5th, April 12th, May 10th, May 17th, May 31st, June 7th