For our first session of the year in math we started with introductions. We then moved to discussing high school entrance exams. The class took their first 30 minute test prep.
In the HackShop we started with an icebreaker/building community game called Red Ball. We talked about the meaning and importance of Computer Science. The class watched a kid president video and set their goal for year. The meaning and differences of white, black, and gray hat hackers was explained. Lastly, the students took the white hat hacker pledge and completed their first exit slips.
Over these past few sessions of STEM, 8th graders started working with Makey Makeys to have an introduction to programming. One project that the 8th graders have been working on is creating a holiday Christmas card. With this project the students used the Makey Makeys and scratch to make an interactive programmed Christmas card. Another activity the students the students are currently working on is using the Makey Makeys and scratch to create some type of game controller that will be able to work with online games. First, the students need to think about an idea, write the code in scratch, and then create a game controller out of the provided materials(card board, foil, tape, glue). Overall this experience went really well for the 8th graders because they were able to gain the knowledge of programming.
Last week our Hackshop students went to the museum of science and industry. When we was there we got to explore, find our way through the mirror maze, and also being able to screen print. When we finally got through the mirror maze, the students were able to get their height, and wing span which they thought was really cool. Afterwards we got to explore the museum a bit before went to our screen printing activty. Everyone seems to like the storm room because they could control tornadoes and hurricanes. Our last activity of the day was screen printing activity. The purpose of that activity was to bring the design an transfer it or shaved it into the block, then to put ink on the design to bring the image to life.
Down below are some pictures of the screen printing activity
In our first session of 2017 a few of our scholars were introduced to a very interesting piece of technology known as Makey Makey. Full of innovative thoughts, our scholars got to work as they created game pads and more. With the help of only a few wires, cardboard, aluminum foil, and a Makey Makey Board, they were able to do what they saw fit. Through out the session many of our scholars attacked the challenge of building a playable maze through Scratch. With help from their highly developed problem solving skills, our scholars completed the task and racked up some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.
In today’s session some of our 8th graders showed of their more artistic side. Using the now well known Makey Makey technology, the scholars manipulated the wires and buttons to able to play the piano to some well known songs. The biggest collector of attention definitely came from the Makey Makey personalized Dance Dance Revolution remake. With some slight difficulty, a few of the scholars were able to dance along to the song of their choice with varied difficulties. A few other of our scholars continued along with Scratch. In the program they remixed different games and told time with their Scholar made clocks.
During our last session the scholars turned their imaginations into a reality with the help of the Makey Makey board. Chairs became game pads, cardboard became a computer mouse, and more; our scholars had a picture in their mind and they went after it. After going through a few markers, a lot of tape, and multiple scraps of cardboard hit the ground, they were all able to arrive to a working piece of innovative tech designed by themselves. As many messed with the Makey Makey, a few of the scholars went into Scratch to go through the complexities of building their own simplistic, working clock. All of our scholars have definitely racked up some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.
In our first session of 2017 a few of our scholars got intoduced to a very interesting piece of technology known as Makey Makey. Full of innovative thoughts, our scholars got to work as they created gamepads, musical instruments, and more. With the help of a few wires, cardboard, aluminum foil, and a Makey Makey board, the scholarss were able to create what they saw fit. Through out the session many of our also scholars attacked the challenge of creating a maze in Scratch. With some grit, and the help of their problem solving solving skills, they eventually put together some great mazes and earned themselves some points on the Hack Shop Leaderboard.
Our esteemed 8th grade Stem Scholars paid a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry where their day was filled with the spirit of innovation. They “traveled through time” as they saw the creations of the past leading up to those of our time. Each and every technological invention had a unique story to appreciate and countless number of people it benefited both past and present. The day was then ended with the exploration of the innovation world. Dozens of different companies and organizations gathered for a fair at the MSI. Our scholars walked around with a plethora of questions. Each presentation was just as interesting as the last.
Today in HackShop, we are finishing up our projects and portfolios for the end of the year. The students are using basic HTML to change their portfolios to the way they want it. Some of those changes are the color of the words, the font, and the background images. Down below are some of the students unfinished portfolios.
Last week, Hack Shop went on a field trip to Free Geek. Free Geek is an organization that provides recycled computers to the undeserved communities at a cheaper price. On our trip there we learned about the process of building an computer, and even got a chance to practice with some of it. Down below you will see some pictures of the field trip.