Winter break has come to an end, as many educators, students and myself return to the classroom this week. We are ready to try out new lessons, ideas and projects for the New Year. As many of you know, I have been trying to bring Dash & Dot to my Kindergarteners . I am also planning on introducing my students to Green Screen in the fourth quarter and even working on a Donors Choose to get a full Green Screen/Podcast Studio for my classrooms. However, while I wait to see if my Donors Chooses get funded or not. There are some easy ways to bring STEAM with Green Screen and Robot Edu.
The New Year is here and I’m kicking off 2017 with Robot Edu. I remember when I was my son’s age thirty years ago. Being a fan of movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, Tron, Short Circuit and more. I wanted to have robots in my school and at home, but back in the 80s and early 90s. Robots were not very cheap not to mention, you could get a few months out of them and they didn’t last long. Now, robots and coding are very common in the classroom. In fact, outside of 3D printing, robots in the classroom are a growing educational learning in schools. Today, I’m going to talk about how to create a Breakout Edu with Ozobots, Dash and Dot, Sphero and the coding App, Tickle.
Greetings from a Galaxy, Far, Far Away. First of all, a major thank you to all the donors who helped my school get their 3D printer filled up with filament and Perler Beads for our students. This will go such a long way in really transforming their learning and for my teachers to have amazing creativity with their lessons. While the Force is strong with our school right now, a great set of lessons came to me while watching Rogue One the other day that you can use with coding and everything from Ozobots to LEGO We Do 2.0.
A couple of weeks ago, my Donors Chooses for getting a 3D Printer, LEGOs and Ozobots was funded and it didn’t take long for my students and myself to get down to using them in my STEAM class. While my students wanted to really rush into creativity as soon as they could, I did remind them of page 60 of Launch about “Design thinking may be slow, but it actually saves time in the long run.” One of the original ideas for the 3D printer was to create skins for our Ozobots. While my students love making skins using traditional paper and tape, there is something about coding a design and then seeing it brought to life that really gets my students’ innovation flowing. Here is a set of lessons and projects we have been doing the last couple of weeks and a few we have planned in the weeks ahead after winter winter break.
With the Holidays here, I thought I would show off some great coding lessons and projects you can do with your students before the long winter break. Tickle Code for the Holidays A great Sphero Edu project from Ms. … Continue reading A Coding Christmas
Here is a video showing a successful running of the Kickbox Tickle App Coding Challenge. Based on the ST Math Kickbox challenge. In this video using the coding App Tickle. We coded a BB-8 Sphero, Sphero SPRK and Darkside Ollie in a Kickbox obstacle using fam dominos. The trick was to have BB-8 following the other Spheros as they get on of his way and he exits the Kickbox. Took about 4 tries to code correctly, but it was a lot of fun and challenging. It as Tyler found out in this video, it’s easy to get the obstacle robots … Continue reading The Kickbox Hour of Code Challenge Experience
It’s December and you know what that means, Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. This year it is December 5-10. I was very happy last year for my school to participate in Hour of Code and this year we are doing it by storm during my STEAM enrichment classes and unleashing our new LEGOs, Ozobots, 3D printer and using Tickle coding App this year. Here are some great ways to have your students get into Hour of Coding and even win some prizes for your school.
The other day, I was looking through my PBL and I came across a way to teach students basic coding with LEGO and super hero action figures. My son, Tyler saw what I was looking at and wanted to build with his LEGO table set upstairs. When I told him how the game works he said they needed the super heroes fight the supervillains and the two of us created a fun game you can use with your students to teach coding.
I know, you are probably reading the headline and saying: “Don’t you mean Christmas Wish List”? Kind of, but for the last few years, I have always seen great sales for items I would love to have for my students and classroom and eventually, they find themselves to my students (sadly not by Christmas). So, being the #STEAM teacher and trying to transition my students to STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics). I came up with a great wish list this year.
November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and this weekend, Barnes & Noble will be doing a STEM preview of the new Ozobot Evo. For those who don’t know, Ozobots are the smallest programable drone around. They can be synched with any device from iPad to personal PC as long as there is a bluetooth connection. The new Ozobot Evos are a buddy type that can talk to each other and be coded together. Late last spring, I was at a school that used Ozobots to show how circulation works in the heart and another one how how a stroke can occur in the brain. It gave a more up close and personal look at just how the body works thanks to Ozobots. Since this is Epilepsy Awareness Month and the key to raising awareness is to educate others on what Epilepsy is both the truths and the myths.