Introducing Snap Circuits

 

SNAP CIRCUITS

This is a “must have” in any makerspace:

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  • Fun
  • Affordable
  • Not super fragile
  • Easy to understand

 

My students LOVED it.  I spent a couple of minutes going over the kit and let them loose.  They completed the first three projects and didn’t want to stop!

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I thought about getting the Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750R Students Electronics Training Program ($130), but it only has one base plate. For approximately the same price, we could purchase four Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 ($20 each) and one Snap Circuits SC-300 ($45). There would be five base plates, or enough for twenty students working in groups of four.

5/16 NOTE: Just heard that 4th grade teachers will have access to Snap Circuit Kits next year.  Yay!!

 

FABRIC WEAVING

While five 5th graders were exploring Snap Circuits, I had a group learning how to weave with fabric.

 

On my sample piece, I wove in the tails but a couple of the girls decided to leave the tails on one side, for a “fringe” effect. Super cute and creative!

 

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MOSAICS

Two girls worked on the project below. They started on the edge and worked their way to the center. I love how the piece is balanced yet each girl was able to be creative on “her” side.

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Introducing….Ozobot!

I brought my Ozobot to school to introduce students to robots and coding. With very little instruction, my students drew thick black lines, including the color codes, to direct our mini-robot down a path.

 

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Programing Ozobot is simple – you can do this by simply drawing lines and using colors. Kids use their creativity and artistic expression, while developing logical reasoning and in turn, actually learning high level coding concepts. – Ozobot

 

Ozobot was a big hit!  My students had fun experimenting with the various color codes. They also did a little trouble-shooting to figure out why Ozobot didn’t always follow their commands.

You can program Ozobot with colored markers on paper or with the app OzoBlockly. We’ll be rolling out the 1:1 iPad Program next year with our 5th graders. Programming the Ozobots will be the perfect opportunity to introduce coding!

I’m writing a grant for six Ozobots for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  Wish me luck! 🙂

 

Introducing Ozobot to my 2nd graders

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Fabric Weaving on Cardboard Looms

Weaving with fabric is a simple yet satisfying activity for children. It is often easier for little fingers to work with fabric than yarn, and the project comes together quickly.

1. CUTTING THE FABRIC – Go through your fabric stash and select patterns and colors that compliment each other.  Cut in 1 1/2″ strips.

2. MAKING THE LOOM – I used 11″x 15″ cardboard as that is what I had. You can use cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc. Measure and mark in 1/2 inch increments, top and bottom. Cut 1/4 inch slits.

 

3. WARPING THE LOOM – Warp the front and back of the loom (continuous loop). This gives a little “wiggle room” if you project needs to be slightly longer (you can weave on both sides on the loom) or if you need the extra warp yarn to tie off your project.

 

 

~*~*~*~SAMPLE PROJECTS~*~*~*~

 

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Makerspace Magic

We had SO much fun today in Makerspace!

4th and 5th graders were building with LEGOS and K’Nex, making colorful Origami creations, weaving on Kumihimo looms, and creating videos using Stop Motion Animation.

The girls decided they wanted to make Origami pianos…..

 

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Love the vibrant colors!

Stop Motion Animation was a big hit.

 

 

It was crazy awesome!

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