The kindergarten through second grade students have the opportunity, once a week, to come up to the MakerSpace Room to participate in enrichment activities. These grades are working on computers learning coding through a website called code.org. The students try to drag and drop blocks to get a character to move to a specific location. It is amazing to see these young students successfully coding. The students must understand the coding process and looping before moving on to other equipment.
In the upper elementary (3-8), students must qualify for the HAL program. Students who score a 95% on a MAPs test qualify for the program. Other students can qualify by taking the OLSAT test scores, MAPs test scores, and NSCAS test scores. Each test score has a value assigned to it. If the student has a value of 14 on this matrix, the student will qualify for the program. The fourth grade is working on using the green screen and video editing. The video editor takes some time to see what effects can be added to the video. The fifth grade is working through code.org and are really understanding the process of coding. The sixth graders have been interested in using the Snap Circuits to build different circuits. They are having fun seeing how the circuits go together to make electricity and figuring out what went wrong.
I am also learning new software from Mrs. Withers. She is definitely a PowerSchool Expert!!! So much to learn and figure out. I am really enjoying working with Jason and Mrs. Withers.
By Mrs. Standerford