Students Collaborate for Mini Maker Faire

Students Collaborate for Mini Maker Faire
Posted on 10/15/2018
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Hot Springs World Class High School (HSWCHS) EAST (Education Advanced by Service & Technology) and second grade students collaborated for a Mini-Maker Faire event at Park Magnet School. A Maker Faire is a new type of event - designed in part to mimic both a science fair and a county fair  - that celebrates a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, inventors, educators, engineers, scientists and science clubs, and other types of “makers” of anything, across age groups. A Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft.

The Mini-Maker Faire was part of bringing to life the Inventions Over Time Unit of Inquiry for second graders (International Baccalaureate curriculum is organized by Units of Inquiry, which are 6-8 week themes of study for classrooms).  To introduce second grade students to 21st century inventions, Park Magnet teachers Stephany Stokes and Bobbi Aldridge reached out to students at the HSWCHS EAST Program to simulate a Mini-Maker Faire. High school EAST student teams worked with Makey Makey invention kits to design projects for younger students to tour and interact with. Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit that allows students to take everyday objects and connect them to computer programs. Using alligator clips attached to any conductive material via USB cable, the creator can control the keyboard of a computer.

“The second grade students at Park Magnet School are curious students who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. This project is a great venue for young makers to show examples of their work and interact with others about it. It’s also a great experience for our high school students to interact with elementary classrooms,” says HSWCHS EAST Facilitator John Stokes.

Projects showcased in the faire (organized into stations so that students can rotate between) included using bananas to play the piano, counting coins, moving a caterpillar through a maze, and then a station where students had to come up with their own way of connecting  clips to something that would conduct electricity to make it through a maze.

“After the experience, second grade students returned to class and reflected on what they learned and how they could do it differently next time and get the same result ,” says second grade Park Magnet teacher Stephany Stokes. “Working with older students really helps our second graders enjoy and remember these projects. It’s a joy to watch. We appreciate their patience with them so much.”

Thank you to HSWCHS EAST students including Liliana Boekhout, Tillie Reagler, Marlissa Archie, Nina Gunnell , Eben Sanders, and Elise Sanders. Learn more about our #HSSD Hot Springs World Class High School, here. Learn more about our #HSSD Park Magnet International Baccalaureate World School, here.
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