My library has a set of MeeperBots that have been making appearances in our Lego Clubs, but I decided I wanted to do a little more with them. This summer I’ve been working on a programming guide for Demco using MeeperBots (coming soon!) and Maker Monday was the perfect place to test one of my programs!
A couple weeks ago during our library staff meeting time, we had a maker program for staff. Whenever there’s a 5th week we do something fun/professional development-y, and I suggested that we pull out all our maker stations and let the staff explore. Here’s why:
Our latest Maker Monday was all about the robots! In addition to the Spheros that we own, I also had a kit of Lego Mindstorms from our system. I outsourced the building ahead of time to a bunch of middle schoolers, and we had all the basic bricks assembled for the program.
We’ve gotten some great new tools at the library, so this month Maker Monday was all about exploring circuits!
First up: Makey Makeys. We have 6 Makey Makeys, and I hooked each up to a laptop and pulled up the piano page. One of these days I’m going to program our Raspberry Pis to boot up automatically to this page and eliminate the need for laptops, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. (story of my life…)
So, it turns out that I am really fabulous at not taking on every new exciting project I get enthusiastic about (other things I excel at: sarcasm), but this one was too good to pass up, and now I get to share it with you!
Making is painting and sewing and hammering and coding and building robots or bridges and stacking blocks and 3d printing and Legos and coloring and origami and video creation. It often includes STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and process over product and open-ended questions. Sometimes it uses technology, often it doesn’t. We like collaborative making, where kids work and learn together or at the same table.
This is meant to serve as a resource for anyone interested in maker programs for kids. Take a look, and stay tuned for more awesomeness!
This was our last regular Maker Monday of the year, and we did some serious building. I challenged the kids to build the tallest structure possible out of four materials: