I’m Me.

I walked into the MakerSpace Friday afternoon, and I saw this message on the Lego Wall. I don’t know who built it. 1st grader, 3rd grader, 5th grader. I will probably never know. but, I can tell you that it put a smile on my face! The fact that this young person wants to tell…

Emojify Yourself!

Our Girls Who Code Lunch Bunch spent their lunch period emojifying themselves! They used the Blockly programming language to create an emojij that looks like them! Students had to take what they know about Blockly coding, simple graphing (x and y axis), and what they look like in order to create a virtual version of…

Girls Who Code Advocates

I’m inspired by the 4th and 5th grade girls in the picture above. They are driven, hardworking, and most importantly they advocate for themselves. At the beginning of the school year, I started coding clubs for students 1st-5th grade in the mornings from 7:30-7:55.  I wanted to be sure to make the club accessible to…

Tinkercad, 3D Printing, & AR Sandbox Mashup

I am always trying to mash together different apps and websites for innovative but clear and concise projects for students.  When I first heard about the AR Sandbox my mind instantly started doing just that.  I connected the dots between Tinkercad, 3D printing, and the AR Sandbox and came up with a project for 5th…

Panoramic View of the MakerSpace

It’s amazing how much this room has transformed over the past couple of months.  Even when I compare pictures from the beginning of the school year to now so much has changed.  I think that’s the greatest things about student spaces.  They can adapt and change over time based on student needs.

Moving the MakerSpace into the Instagram World

Last year, our volunteer coordinator created an Instagram for our school.  At first I was unsure but then realized this was a positive push in the right direction. After spending a year maintaining the schools’ Instagram site, I realized there were a lot of people we were reaching through Instagram that we weren’t reaching through…

Augmented Reality Sandbox!

We have amazing people in Asheville City Schools. Walter Dove, a member of our district’s General Maintenance Department, is one of those people who goes above and beyond for kids. Walter came across the UC Davis website (https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu/) on how to make Augmented Reality Sandboxes and decided he could build one too. He found his…

Taking Robotics to the Next Level

Last December, a 5th grade parent came to me and asked if I had ever thought of starting a VEX IQ robotics team.  I answered truthfully, “I haven’t and I don’t know that much about it, but I’m willing to learn!”. That was the best answer I could have ever given.  So, we wrote a…