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5th Grade m@k3r Night!

On Thursday March 31st the @RiveterLab hosted the 5th grade class and their parents as they launched into their final trimester of science.  This trimester will see the girls exploring Design & Engineering heavily so what better way to launch than a m@k3r event!

Students and parents had the opportunity to build with TinkeringLabs Electric Motors Catalyst Kits, explore our collection of Little Bits, Build and compete throwing “PowerUp” paper airplanes, and play the video games they created in Scratch using controls they also designed using MakeyMakey.  It was a really fun night of learning for students and parents alike!

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Some Metrics:
40 of 44 girls attended our event and these students were accompanied by 29 Moms, 21 Dads, 17 Siblings, 1 Uncle, 2 Grandparents and 2 Babysitter/Nannies … that’s a total of 112 people that attended our Maker Event! 


An event like this doesn’t just happen; the tireless work of Mr. Wilsey, Ms. Brisson, Mr. Lengel, and the entire Building & Grounds team needs be recognized – as well as the commitment of so many parents to come out and support our program.  Thank you all.

1st Grade Community writing, reading, and iBooks …

Some amazing sharing of their writing.  You can absolutely hear the students’ voice in each piece of writing!

If you missed the previous post about the first grade community collaboration please be sure you don’t miss it (click here)

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The Riveter Lab … a community resource

The newly opened Riveter Lab on the second floor of historicHamlin Rosie Stanwood hall is a space and resource that brings together (rivets) the entire school.  This has been a message the tech team has worked hard to communicate with faculty and students in both lower and middle school.  We also have been vocal in regards to welcoming faculty and staff to be trained on using the array of tools in the space.  That is why we were so happy to invite the Development Office and the chairs of this year’s golf tournament into the space.

They were looking to create a video, highlighting teachers that would outline Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 11.20.02 AMthe goal of the “Raise the Paddle” fundraiser – to support our Professional Development fund.  The team was trained on using the iOgrapher equipment, our green screen, and DoInk’s Green Screen app.  They filmed the staff and used the app to create this video:

Pretty good for a first attempt!  Like anywhere good news travels fast and it was only moments before the chairs of the Golf Tournament contacted us requesting to sign out the necessary materials to create a “photo booth” hole at the tournament.  This would allow the tournament committee to take pictures and place them on creative backdrops for display at the tournament’s dinner.  Here are some of the unmodified “green” shots:

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We don’t know if it was the fantastic video or the exemplary cajoling of the division heads, but the Raise the Paddle was a huge success and the entire faculty will be attending this year’s NAIS conference.  We feel so fortunate to work with families who recognize the ongoing need for teachers to grow and improve their craft.