Completing Portfolios, Session 17

As the 2018-2019 school year is coming to an end, we are starting to wrap up HackShop. We began class with a quick brain break to get everyone energized and engaged. The STEM intern director, Ms.Beemsterboer, came to discuss the intern position and application process to our 8th graders/incoming freshman. Students then proceeded to complete and improve their portfolios by fixing paragraphs and adding images. Sadly, today is the students last session working in HackShop before graduation.

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Surprise Celebration! Session 16

Today we had a very active session. Immediately we began class by students continuing and correcting their portfolios. We then took the class to Holy Trinity’s Robofest to explore and learn about the different robot creations. When the students returned back to the classroom they continued the challenge until the surprise celebration with pizza and cake!

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Beginning Portfolios, Session 15

Before beginning class the students created farewell cards for the 5th grade teacher of the STEM program, Ms.Casey. LaKeisha, our high school prep intern, began class with giving the students a task of researching their desired school. In HackShop, we reviewed coding, using code.org, to start our final project. Teams have split and students are now working individually on their personal portfolios using the Timble software.

 

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Remixing a Starter Project, Session 14

We began our session with another high school prep activity. Our STEM interns came and talked to the students about high school preparation. The interns gave tips, shared experiences, answered questions, and overall calmed their nerves for the next big step. After activity, students went into teams and began challenges. While some continued working on their Easter holidays cards, others went onto next challenge of remixing a starter project. In this challenge, teams have to “remix”, change coding, of a starter game in Scratch which is similar to the Hack the News challenge.

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Easter Holiday Cards, Session 13

Today, students began class with a high school prep activity where they learned how open Master Locks to help them with their future lockers. We had a brief discussion about the final project, creating a portfolio, and played our constructing our community game where students were asked their hopes and fears for high school. Teams then retrieved their laptops and got to work. While some teams finished up last week’s challenge, others began the next challenge of creating an Easter holiday card in scratch. After diligent work, the class had a 5 minute brain break. We ended the session with the students completing their creative holiday cards.

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Using Scratch, Session 12

We started our morning with a constructing our community game where students were asked a series of questions about their game controller design with different partners. A Scratch tutorial was given to help students with their next challenge. Teams then made adjustments and completed their game controllers. Their game controllers were tested and the teams received feedback and suggestions. During break, the class participated in two brain break games, brain wires crossed and Rock Paper Scissors dragon. Teams started their next challenge of exploring and making a Scratch animation.

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BitSpace!, Session 11

The 8th grade class had a field trip to BitSpace this session. BitSpace teaches students to build using hand/power tools, 3D printers, design software, game development, and much more. Our STEM scholars participated in the software part of BitSpace. Students had the task to create their own obstacle course game in the software Unity. Teams switched computers and tested each other games once done. Everyone was so creative with making their obstacles courses and had a fun experience learning game designing.

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A Day of Hackshop, Session 10

Today we had a whole session of HackShop! We first discussed and prepared for our field trip next week to BitSpace. The class played their constructing the community game where they answered a series of question with different partners. Students continued last week’s challenge, making their custom game controllers Makey Makey game controllers with their teams. The teams then tested another team’s game controller and gave feedback for teams to progress or re-examine. After a while of hard work, the class took a brain break and played active Rock Paper Scissors. Students finished the session by completing their game controllers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Welcome Back!, Session 9

It’s our first day back to class for the 2019 year! We began math with a fast math trick for multiplying double digit numbers. The class then started a new lesson of Binary numbers. The students initially get an understanding of base 10 then go onto converting decimals to binary numbers. After, teams get more practice using online games and videos.

In HackShop, students re-evaluated their goals from the beginning of the year to determine if they’ve maintained their goal or want to create a new one. While some teams complete past challenges, others start the next challenge using their creativity and knowledge of the Makey Makeys to create their own custom game controller.

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Happy Holidays, Session 8

     Today was the last session of the semester. Classes were shorten due to our annual holiday party. In the math portion of class, students took a quick survey on their thoughts of the entrance exam and received information on scholarships. Teams continued their would you rather and pop quiz exercises for HackShop. The teams then went onto going more in depth using Makey Makeys, exploring different ways to use it including game controllers.

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