Last week, the first grade girls came up to the Riveter Lab to learn with littleBits, kits consisting of electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets to create instant circuits. They started with the blue bits (power), a power supply (battery), and a simple LED light. After a little investigation, the girls were able to connect all of the pieces to light up the light. We then added a few more green bits (output) for the girls to explore. In no time, we saw LEDs, buzzers, and motors lighting up, making sounds, and moving at every table. Finally, we added the pink bits (input) to send messages to the green bits. By using the buttons and dimmers, the girls were able to control the intensity of the lights and volume of the buzzers.
More important than the creation of the circuits, the girls were implementing their design thinking skills. They examined the pieces, explored the different ways the pieces fit together, designed their circuits, tested their results, and then made modifications as needed. They worked together with their partners to troubleshoot and problem solve, building on their communication skills. We can’t wait to see what else the first graders create!
On Friday the technology team welcomed the Middle School staff into the Riveter Lab to get a look at some of the tools that are in the space. Our hope is that they can begin to envision integrating these tools into their lessons. We strive to provide cutting edge tools and know how enabling Hamlin students to demonstrate their understanding in innovative and new ways.
Staff arrived and after a brief introduction they went to learn more in depth about 2 specific tools. Staff self-selected their sessions and attended two of: 3D printing, Arduino, laser cutting, video production and editing with Green Screens, Circuit Scribe by Electonink, or Autodesk’s Project Ignite platform. Staff were engaged and using the tools in a hands on way. We look forward to inviting staff back to the tools knowing that the more they use the tools, the easier it will be for them to see curricular connection for their students.
The newly opened Riveter Lab on the second floor of historic 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 the 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:
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.
Do these @hamlin Board members look like they’re working?
Board trustees try their hand at fourth grade Lego robotics activity.
Well they most certainly are; working and learning! The tech team welcomed school board members into the @RiviterLab to learn a little bit more about what would be happening in the rejuvenated space.
The team thought the best way to do this would be to get the board in the space and using the tools. The board heard some introductory comments about the space from Director of Technology & Innovation Mark Picketts before being divided into three groups. The first group explored Circuit Scribe by electroninks and worked through an introductory activity housed within Autodesk’s Project Ignite toolkit. The second group worked with Middle School Technology Integration Specialist Jim Lengel as he walked them through the process his first trimester 3D digital arts students are experiencing: building laser cut lamps. The third group engaged with Lower School STEM coordinator and Integration Specialist – Caroline Windell and worked through the identical lessons some of their 4th grade daughters had completed earlier in the day – an introductory investigation on movement with the Lego EV3 robots.
The slide deck that introduced the Board to the space highlighted the space as one shared by all students, introduced our partnership with the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park site, as well as let them know the things on our: Today, Monday, and Someday lists:
A time laps of the 20 minute introductory session: