This year I was chosen as a Classroom Maker Ambassador for my region of Michigan. As part of this, we had one day of training in an area of our choice. It was not only an opportunity to learn more about the Maker Movement but also to interact with other Maker Ambassadors and make connections. Imagine my surprise when a friend from high school was there. We learned about reverse engineering (something I plan to use later), got to play with several items available through REMC, and even got some parting gifts (free Magformers anyone?) Our day was spent engineering and having a great time.
jobs or hobbies. Students were asked to guess who was who. To do this, I ordered multiple pieces, heads, and bodies from Amazon and Pick A Brick. The finished characters were placed on these makeshift risers with a banner of this year's school theme above them.
Students are given 6 specific blocks: two yellow 2x2, one yellow 1x2, one yellow 2x4, and two flat red 2x3s. With these basic pieces, students are asked to make their own version of a duck. The point is for students to then be able to compare and contrast what they have created. They are able to see all the possibilities and creativity of their classmates. This can even be used as a math lesson on graphing. I put the bricks into square snack sized bags to make them easier to pass out. For storage, I was lucky enough to find this LEGO suitcase in the clearance department at WalMart. It even had a fireman set in it as a bonus.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.