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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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Dashing the Day Away!

Another great lesson of code-spiration!  Myself and Mr. Main’s Grade 4/5 dived into learning about Dash and Dot robots.  We went over the robot anatomy and then did some tester fun codeable cards for WonderWorkshop!

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Our First Microbit Lesson

Wow!  So I taught our first Microbit lesson in Mr.Rogers’ Grade 6/7 class on Monday.  We went over the parts of the Microbit and how to code the device.  Everyone got to code an image on the LED lights on their Microbits.  So next week we are going to start creating our codeable Microbit Monster!  We might be the first elementary Grade 6/7 class in North America to do a Microbit?!? Who knows… we are trailblazing the way for codeable fun!

 

 

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Microbit ‘Flower’ Dragon

I had a blast creating my first Microbit Monster.  I had so much fun and I just followed the clear and concise instructions from the Microbit website.  I had to use an old motor so Flower isn’t as fierce as I had hoped for but it’s definitely the start of a beautiful relationship between MakerSpace and Microbit.  I will be doing these monsters with the Robotics Coding Club and Mr. Roger’s Grade 6/7 Class… so stay tuned to more codeable monsters!

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March MakerSpace Madness

This March has been incredible for inspiration!  Our 8 week Breakfast Bots Club ended with pancake and sausages… and robots.  Then Wintergreen has kindly let our  inspirites of the Inspire Project try out new robots… Ozobot, Cubelets, and lots more!  As well, our Microbits arrived (thanks to my awesome British aunt!) and a new Microbit monster has joined our team.  Wow to March!

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The Best Monday Mornings…Are With Breakfast Bots!

I love my Monday mornings in the winter… because I get to spend time with kids and robots!  Here’s some of the Monday morning joys we had last week…

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