Yesterday, eighth-grade students set up recently-completed Makey Makey projects in Evans Hall, giving second- and third-grade students a chance to beta test the creations. The projects were part of an eighth-grade makerspace unit focusing on circuitry and robotics. Under the direction of Middle School teacher Carrie Johnson (computer education and makerspace), the students worked in teams using Makey Makey circuit boards and various materials, including play dough and aluminum foil, to make controllers for games they had created with the programming language Scratch.
At the mini tech fair, Lower School students rotated through the projects, trying out the games and activities. "This was the first time we presented a makerspace project at a tech fair with Lower School students," said Johnson. "The eighth-graders were thrilled to showcase their designs to the younger students, and the enthusiasm all around was contagious."
Other projects in the current makerspace unit include a Little Bits (snap circuit) challenge and programming Lego Mindstorms robots.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.