This week, we're having fun learning about virtual reality! Our makerspace has two masks that can be used with a smartphone or iPod. So far, we have used a combination of 360 YouTube videos, Google Cardboard, Google Street View, and Mind by Seedling apps to go exploring. Students have gone on roller coasters, flown to outer space, bobbed in a gondola in Venice, seen an arctic fox in the mountains, and navigated a maze. The things you can do are amazing!
Bring your own device or borrow Mrs. Crumbley's to have an immersive, out-of-this-world experience during lunchtime!
This week in Makerspace, we're working on creating our own video games with a Bloxels board and app! Students have been teaming up to design characters and levels, and I'm excited to see what our finished product will look like. Even if you've never coded before, come try it out and see what you think!
Meet Eliza Printington, the new pride and joy of the Plum Point Middle Media Center! Our students have wasted no time teaching themselves how to do 3D design on Tinkercad, so we're already taking requests! Friday lunch shifts to work on designing and coding will be coming soon, in addition to the already-scheduled Makerspace shifts.
We finished working on our first Tinker Crate project yesterday, and it was an automaton! See it in action:
This week's Makerspace theme is Squishy Circuits! Using a combination of conductive and insulating dough, a battery pack, LEDS, and some other bits and bobs, students can make a sculpture that conducts electricity. Because why just use Play-Doh when you can add lights and sound effects? Oh, and learn a little something while you're at it. Get project ideas and instructions on the Squishy Circuit website.
Wow--we had 28 attendees at our first 6th grade Makerspace! It was awesome to see students collaborating on Snap Circuits, Little Bits, Legos, and Gears and I can't wait to add more projects to our space. Remember--Makerspace for 6th graders is during lunch Mondays and Thursdays, 7th graders on Tuesdays, and 8th graders on Wednesdays. Grab a pass and come see me!
Posts by Mrs. Remington, School Librarian