Last year we started our Makerspace with month long programming in May. We did a different workshop every Monday and you can read more in my article in the March issue of Knowledge Quest. Since we did Maker programming all year, I decided to focus on one thing for May-ker Monday and really go all out. Students signed up for Code.org‘s “Intro to Computer Science” and came to the library Mondays after school and Thursdays during Advisory. We made Binary initial bracelets, created games on Scratch, played banana pianos with Makey Makey, skyped with a game developer, and basically had a ton of fun!
It was great to have a focused Maker workshop every week because I had the same kids come over and over again. The “challenge” of finishing the coding levels kept them coming and kept them engaged.
I also noticed the kids stayed more focused because I set up stations for them to complete.
Watch my video to learn more and hear from the kids! (Also on Youtube here)