There is an overwhelming desire between Ms. Colondo and I (and probably other staff too) to create a MakerSpace at QAE. We believe that kids should play and tinker as part of their education. While we have opportunities like Genius Hour, we also think it's important to incorporate at other times. Beginning with our Circuits and Pathways unit, we will introduce and back up this idea with free creation time. We predict that kids will blow us away with their electronic discoveries!
To propel and support this idea, I posted the project on Donor's Choose and asked for some important materials (Little Bits). I found out late last week that our project was funded entirely (all $2,322 worth) by 4 donors. Take a look at the links below for specifics. We are very excited about this opportunity!
Donor's Choose Project Funded
Information on Little Bits
Girls Rock Math, an arts-based math enrichment program for girls, will be hosting monthly math workshops for 4th and 5th grade QAE students. The workshops will be held on the
first Thursday of each month from 5:10-7:10 pm on Nov. 6, Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 2, May 7 and Jun 4.
The cost for eight workshops is $200/student and will be held in Mr. Bailey's room, Tree House 309. The girls will play math games and explore a variety of math concepts and do math-related crafts. The purpose of Girls Rock Math is to boost confidence, empower girls in STEM subjects and develop a life-long interest in mathematics.
Play games, explore, make art, think, solve problems, imagine and ROCK out with us! Visit the Girls Rock Math website to register and for more information on the program. You will need to use the password QAEGRM to access the registration form. Scholarships are available.
In the last few weeks students have spent time thinking about their passions and trying to connect project ideas. For inspiration we have looked at kids and adults who have created meaningful projects. Ask your student about Caine's Arcade, the Kangaroo Cup, and LuminAids.
Last week students received advice and feedback from each other while trying to fine tune ideas (see a few videos below).
Students are realizing that a good project will challenge them. They are also excited to take risks, make mistakes and persevere. This week students hone in on their projects even more by beginning to make a map or plan and materials list.
Bio (kind of the long version)