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Makey Makey in Middle School Science

Posted by dhollowa on April 16, 2016

Creating Inquiry with Makey Makey Circuit Boards

For Grade 8 Unit on Electricity and Magnetism the students used Makey Makey circuit boards.  This generated a great deal of excitement as well as questions about open and closed circuits as well as insulators and conductors.  The students used fruit, candy, their friends, pencil graphite, rubber hosing and other objects to test how well the material allowed electricity to flow and complete a circuit.  The students had to translate and analyze their Makey Makey boards to create electrical schematic diagrams. Students interpreted the connection of human to human as a switch, the computer as a battery, and various resistors.
I gave the students a set up chart and a task sheet to complete. This task sheet informed the students on how to set up the Makey Makey as well as which apps worked best for with the app.

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Makey Makey Set Up 

Makey Makey Task Sheet

MakerSpaces

Posted by ssweeney on September 30, 2015

One of the most powerful opportunities for students to learn is when they have the opportunity to explore, ideate, and revise.  Roosevelt Digital Coaches will be exploring what that could look like for our students here on campus through the exploration and planning of the use of a Makerspace.  While Makerspaces are much more than just digital technologies, our DCs will take a look at how this type of learning space could be applicable to what is already happening in the classroom.  They will also be exploring with various tools that provide students the opportunity to ideate, troubleshoot, and problem solve.

Digital Coaches will work towards developing an activity like an innovation day that will encourage and promote the value of creativity and problem solving.

What should a MakerSpace look like?

MakeSpace Playbook

MakerFaire

Resources for Exploration & Creation

The following are resources that we will be piloting as learning resources for a MakerSpace.  We hope to research and learn of additional materials that would be valuable additions to the MakerSpaces.