Week 19

This has been a really exciting and creative week for all of us. Junior high students have started working in the Woodshop, Annie hosted guest artists who guided students from 3-6 and 6-9 on a collaborative project to honor and celebrate Dr. King, and Tech Explorers have started to work with drones!

In our video, you will not only see two students testing their ballista, others working with Cubelets robots, designing with Legos, coding, and building a VEX IQ clawbot, you will also see electric potatoes, hear a lovely tune, and see our first drone photography!

Week 18 in Our New Space!

To be honest, I have lost track of time since moving into our new Creative Studios. It has been an incredibly productive and creative week. I managed to capture a few good shots, but no video.

Happy New Year, and stay in touch,

Janeen

Animators in Action
Mia with her Dash Robot Launcher
Mila and Chloe trying to complete a Dash challenge
Jack and Dr. Dash
7th graders working on a Vex IQ Robot challenge
Team Awesome working on their Clawbot controller
Arzelia working on her texture quilt
3D printed Cubing Material that Rocco designed for Molly’s 9-12 class
Drama students playing Secret Leader

Week 15 in the new NNM Tech Studio

As I bid good-bye to this first part of the school year, it is with an overwhelming sense of gratitude to all of the people involved in creating our new space. Thank you!

Our short video opens with Julian’s first 3D design, and closes with a glimpse of Harrison and Miriam working with Sphero robots. In between, you will enjoy some clips from WeDo Robotics, 7th Grade CS Studio, and Animation Station.

Tech Workshop in Full Swing!

We started moving into our new Creative Art and Technology Workshop right after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Classrooms toured the space over the first few days, while Annie, Darcie and I were arranging and rearranging furniture.

It was so much fun observing the children interact with the materials, and their delight was energizing. Below, I have included a gallery of pics from our first weeks, and a video of students working. We are still settling in, and waiting on some furniture, cabinets and coat hooks, but the space is absolutely amazing, and teaching and learning is in full swing throughout the school day and after school. I hope you will stop by.

On Wednesday, the 11th, we hosted our annual Hour of Code Events for parents and students. Click here to see the photos.

Week 11 in the Lab

This is the last full week of Afterschool Session I activities! Soon, we will be moving into our new Creative Technology Workshop on the 2nd floor, above the Community Room. It has been my pleasure to have worked alongside your children this session. Thank you.

In our video, you will see Jonah programming with blocks in Tynker. The focus is sequencing and looping, but choosing the appropriate command requires reading. Our Monday coders then give a little feedback on Crack the Code. Please note that when the students use the phrase “on the screen”, they mean connecting to our wall mounted HD screen via Airplay in order to show their work to others. Next, you can see just a few of the personal artifacts made in 3D Printing and Design. On Ribbon-Cutting Day, some students from Sonja’s class got a sneak peak at our new space while we tested out the WiFi, so I snapped a couple of pics for you. Our last glimpse into this incredible Afterschool session is an amazing project called Thor, independently produced by Owen in Animation Station.

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