Week 28

The Lab @ NNM has been super all week.This post features Colette’s first independently produced animations, as well as photos from Lego Robotics, 4th graders investigating 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class levers, and their documents about Polygons. 5th graders learned how to make pie graphs, and 6th graders started working with Lego Boost. Have a great break!

Week 27

By this time of year, students have been introduced to lots of software, so they often have an idea of what they want to do when they come into the lab. It’s not only a good opportunity for me to assess their skills and interests, student choice is central to our pedagogy. Our first video features a technology session wrap up, where 4th graders shared their choice of work (pardon the typo on the opening). Our second video shows robotics students working during the first week of Afterschool Session III. Video #3 features a 6th grade class working with Lego Boost.

Week 26

Looks like I went home on Friday without posting, so here it is. I am sure you will enjoy the 4th and 5th student videos from this week. The students had a lot of fun learning how to use iMovie, and there is no better way to get a glimpse of NNM than through the eyes of a child. Throughout the week, students also worked on their storyboards and thier coding puzzles.

Week 25

Ranjita and John’s 4th graders worked on their Express Course at code.org, and 6th graders worked on graphing. Students from Molly’s class also did graphing, since we had last Monday off. On Tuesday, 4th and 5th graders from Sonja’s class celebrated Black History Month by creating Tynker projects featuring a remarkable person from history. Some students worked on iPads, while others used laptops. When they were finished, one group designed their own robot launcher challenge. Trish’s class explored Tynker coding options, including Augmented Reality, and programmed Sphero Spark and Ollie robots. Students continue to work on StoryboardThat whenever they have the opportunity.

Week 24

This week was all about graphing. 4th graders are learning how to keep track of data using Numbers spreadsheets for the first time. This is quite a jump from the survey tallies that they did in 6-9. 5th graders continue to use Numbers for charts and graphs, but 6th graders use Google Sheets. One 6th grade group graphed the reliability of a robot launcher!