Falling into STEAM… Full STEAM Ahead

Again I am so blessed to have the privilege to work at James Kennedy Elementary School in Langley, British Columbia.  We have an amazing crew of staff and wonderful community that steps into creating innovative learning for kids.  So here is what we’ve been up too!

From teacher workshops to students delving into critical thinking with robots to using ‘codeable’ art to create a masterpiece!   This must be the most exciting time ever to be an educator and a student in the British Columbian 21st Century classroom…

 

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Full STEAM Days Ahead at Science World

Wow! What a fantastic time of learning at the 4 day Science World ‘STEAM Days’ teacher workshops last week.  The STEAM Days were structured around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math which were a blast.  From tie-dye to robots to agar agar creations… it was one amazing week.

Here’s a fun ‘vid’ I made under the wonderful coaching and training of Karen at Science World.  We had over 10 different types of specialists come in to talk about their passions!

https://spark.adobe.com/video/ygqcKCf5DeZQj

 

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Beautiful Smiles in Beautiful Spring

These Spring months we have had the wonderful opportunity to share our joy of inclusive tools for education as well as see wonderful opportunities to allow creativity to flourish!  The five main highlights were Annie Charron and I sharing our love for robots to the Langley City Rotary (Thanks Trisha for encouraging us), Langley Foundation’s article about our May the 4th Star Wars Day (Thanks Susan Cairns), Network of Innovation and Inquiry sharing event, MakersFaire Vancouver and finally our All Wheels JKE events (Thanks to one of our amazing Grade 3’s for pioneering this!)

What an amazing Spring… What an Inspiring Year!

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Inspiring Times at Surrey Girls Conference

We had a wonderful time at the Surrey Girls Conference today!  I feel honoured and privileged to be asked to share some inspiration with our robots.  I had three wonderful assistants from the James Kennedy Inspire Gifted Program.  So we got the bots bopping and beeping in music videos from Timberlake to Bollywood to Frozen!

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To watch all the fun and innovative bot dancing moves check out the following links:

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May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Day at James Kennedy Elementary School

What a fantastic day in the JKE Empire!

A special thanks to

Left of the Dot’s Saju Abraham,

the Walnut Grove Secondary’s Robotics Club and

Mrs. Woelders & Mrs. Dueck’s students from Dorothy Peacock Elementary School for sharing their robots and coding talents!

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A Wow-ing Week!

This was a Wow-ing week!  From our first Microbit Monsters to our Dash Robots coding up a storm through a Mathematical mazes to a West Van school district MakerSpace Tour to EdCamp!  I am truly grateful to Michelle Davis from West Vancouver School District for allowing Michele Gore and I to join the ‘tour’ of inspiration through Gleneagles Elementary School and Rockridge Secondary School.

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Microbit Monster Building

We are now embarking on building a robotic monster in Mr Rogers class with milk cartons! We did some rewriting of the motor and started cutting out our Monster.  Stay tuned for more…bot-tastic excitement!

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Dashing Through A Maze

Mr Main is creating Dashing fun learning with his Grade 4/5 class.  With blended learning in Math, Art, Geography and ADST his class is creating mazes for Dash to navigate through, by coding using the app Blockly. WOW!

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Our Portable Lego Wall… Let the Innovation Begin!

Here’s a riddle:
What’s on wheels?
What has 40 detached Lego squares?
What’s great for creating fun learning innovation in your class?

Lego-on-Wheels! Yes, our school has their own portable Lego Wall. Thanks to Leanne Vargo’s hubby for the donation of airplane velcro and Michele Gore’s class for creating the wall today.   We have one rule which is once you are finished using the board, take down the squares and Lego and place them in the bags hooked onto the board.

Donations welcome! So I will have a box for you to donate your Lego for Lego-on-Wheels in the school.  Even if it’s just a bag… it contributes to innovation!

 

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Coding Streams are Launched

We have two streams for our Coding Club now… Robotics and Scratch!  So much fun and inspiration!  Thanks to Mr. Main and Mrs. Gore for teaming up to make an inspiring teacher team with me!

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