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Welcome to our Parent Creativity Lab Workshop Blog Series where, this time, it’s the parents’ moment in the spotlight as they participate in a monthly designing and making activity. Here at Lighthouse, we have parents apply themselves in these projects to experience maker-centered learning for themselves. My teammate, Maritza Ortiz, translates as I do my best to facilitate and explain the parameters of each workshop.
Designing Making Experiences (DME) is a two-day workshop, hosted by Aaron Vanderwerff and Angi Chau, where educators gather to engage in hands-on making and design their own making curriculum to take back to their classrooms. The training alternates between the Creativity Lab at Lighthouse in Oakland and the Bourn Idea Lab at Castilleja School in Palo Alto.
Our 3rd graders built stomp rockets as a science project centered around design and redesign. They started the unit by building rockets and as they learned more about their mistakes and successes they refined their design to perform better. This blog is a snapshot of one of their earlier tries.
Making allows students to tap into their passions, developing and exploring ideas as they learn. This week, students’ excitement spilled over as they collaborated and designed stomp rockets.
A stomp rocket and launcher consists of PVC pipe, cross joints, end caps, a soda bottle and tape where the pipe is cut into the specs such as the diagram. After all the PVC parts are assembled, the students created a rocket out of paper and secured an empty 2-liter soda bottle with tape. When all parts are secured, the next and final step is to stomp on the empty soda bottle. The air propels the rocket into air. Here is one way to build it.
Ms. Hurley and Ms. Greig, the students’ teachers, challenged students to:
- Form working groups
- Assemble the materials
- Test out the Rocket
- Document results
Once they built their rockets, the assembled students gathered on the playground and tested out their creations. The energy was high with anticipation for testing their stomp rocket.
Antonio and Amani are working to create an automatic firing marshmallow gun, and in order to get to their final goal, they started out by building a manual marshmallow gun. In this series of blog posts we are shining a light on our bright students as they create making projects in their in-school making class where they have complete control over the projects they are preparing to showcase at the Bay Area Maker Faire.
Welcome to our blog mentoring series where it is my goal to shine the light on our bright Lighthouse students as they create making projects throughout the 2016-17 school year. One area we will focus on is developing student agency which is one of the core values associated with maker-centered learning. This is one of the findings of our colleagues at the Agency by Design project out of Project Zero.I’m happy to present our first 2 students as part of this mentoring making series. Isela and Diana both are seniors here at Lighthouse with college aspirations in the very near future.