QUT student workshops are excellent! We went in April, and Jackie in July. Highly recommended! Schools can apply to attend these programs before school starts each year. Parents can sign their children up for holiday workshops. Links to sign up for newsletters below. Also follow QUT,especially QUT Cube on Facebook and on twitter.
- Combining Evidence based practice and Design thinking http://eprints.qut.edu.au/61297/1/12195-32793-1-PB.pdf
- Jacina http://www.jacinaleong.com/
- Tinker trays http://educatorscompanion.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/tinker-trays-20-item-ideas-to-fill-them.html?spref=pi&m=1
- STEM challenges https://au.pinterest.com/pin/26880929003311428/
- Inventomania http://www.designwritingresearch.org/Inventomania/sample_pages_1%20.pdf
- ready set design http://cdn.cooperhewitt.org/2011/09/02/Ready%20Set%20Design%20vX.pdf and http://www.cooperhewitt.org/2011/08/26/ready-set-design-2/
- Design thinking for educators http://www.designthinkingforeducators.com/
- Frame your own design challenge http://plusacumen.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Frame-Your-Own-Design-Challenge.pdf
- Hang glider challenge http://shaneabell.wix.com/hang-glider
- Littlebits http://ideas.demco.com/blog/littlebits-design-thinking-design-challenges-libraries/
- Newspaper tower http://www-tc.pbskids.org/zoom/grownups/clubzoom/pdfs/ClubZOOMsci_H_newspapertower.pdf and http://teachers.egfi-k12.org/lesson-build-a-tower/
- Catapult http://www.muminthemadhouse.com/make-lolly-popsicle-stick-catapult/ and http://www.connectamillionminds.com/assets/media/downloads/TWC-Studios_History-Catapults.pdf
- Week of STEM activities https://theardentteacher.com/2015/05/26/a-week-of-stem-activities/
- Wallet Project https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/designresources/wiki/4dbb2/The_Wallet_Project.html
- Stanford https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/k12/wiki/956b6/Design_Thinking_Projects_and_Challenges.html
- Egg bungee challenge https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/02/14/the-great-egg-bungee-challenge/
- https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/07/29/integrating-makerspaces-into-the-curriculum/ …
- Littlebits challenges https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/putting-the-challenge-into-littlebits/ and https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2015/08/19/littlebits-torch-made-at-iste-2015/
- p20 https://s3.amazonaws.com/littleBits_pdfs/littleBitsEducatorsGuide_FINAL.pdf
- Robot arm challenge https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/robot-arm-competition-in-the-makerspace/
- Science week ideas https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/06/18/science-week/ and https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/science-week-coding/
- Make a simple machine https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/makerspace-with-8-science/
- Lego https://ahsmakerspace.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/lego-wedo-pushing-more-creativity/
Good progress this week integrating Makerspace capacity and thinking into the curriculum:
- Year 9 History made helmets out of paper and then wore them while reenacting the Battle of Hastings using the green screen
- Science Club used makerspace resources to do the egg bungee jump challenge
- Year 9 Home Economics students planted up the new vegetable and herb garden, and a worm farm was set up
- Year 6s did rotations of tinkercad, green screen photo editing with Adobe Elements, hour of code and sticky circuit Fathers’ Day cards
- Cre8Lab continued using tinkercad, electronics and fibre-optics to make head pieces and other fashion items
And before school and lunch, students engaged with drones and spheros in the student made sphero arena made out of copier boxes. Paddle pop constructions were popular and students discovered they could make plastic circles out of PVA glue. Library staff learnt how to make a hologram with a smartphone. Library staff worked with Year 5s to code using Lego Mindstorms robots.
Some great free apps that teach coding and app making https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0LlWBc4_vDkb0NlMERuRkh1aFU/view?usp=sharing
In order to appeal to older students,workshops are now offered in Potter Library under the Cre8 Lab banner, in addition to activities in the McAuley Library Makerspace.
See more about the Cre8Lab program at: https://allhallowsschoollibrary.wordpress.com/category/cre8-lab/
This blog https://allhallowsschoollibrary.wordpress.com/ also shows that traditional library areas such as reading, are still important and promoted.
Over the break, we moved shelving to create a new open area to facilitate flexibility in the library/makerspace and activities such as robotics, drones and droids.This also created a better area for green screen filming.Students have been making a Sphero Arena out of paper copier boxes, and a variety of robots variously powered by solar, and also fresh and salt water. Constructions are being made from paddle pop sticks. Drone and droid Interest Group was very well attended yesterday, and one of the students shared a workshop she attended at QUT over the holidays using Lightning Lab and we had 6 Spheros in action. Additional screens are being installed in the makerspace to play tutorials for groups and also to promote collaborative learning. A drop in afternoon was provided on Monday for staff to visit the makerspace, so this term is looking good in terms of integrating makerspace resources into the curriculum. In Potter Library, the Cre8 Lab program is going well. Students are making fascinators with electronics and fiberoptics. Other Cre8 Lab workshops planned for Potter Library this term include Special Effects makeup and wearables using 3D printing.
Competitions currently being promoted in Junior Coding Club