Mathews Maker Movement

Mathews Maker Movement: Supporting Creative Students and Teachers!

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The Mathews Maker Movement provides parent and community support for the maker initiative at Mathews.  The main objective is to support teachers create meaningful project based learning on campus.  One component of the Maker Movement is to provide teachers with valuable team planning time while students have fun learning in the classrooms with parent-lead projects.

On this page you will find all the important videos, documents, and plans for a successful hour of engaging the students.

Please join us – volunteer for Maker Movement this school year.  All sessions will be lead by our technology teacher, Cindy Sanders, and held in the Discovery/Computer Lab.  We are hoping to have 4 parents in each class to support Mrs. Sanders by assisting small groups of children with hands-on-projects.  These sessions will build on the previous Maker Movement projects and will focus on circuits, Makey Makey and possibly some computer programming.  This is a great way to have fun and support your child’s learning experience on campus.  Sign up to come explore science and technology with our inquisitive kids.

Classroom Management Videos (you can download the Classroom Management PowerPoint here: mathews ppt)

Mathews Maker Movement: Part 1 – 3 from Castleview Productions on Vimeo.

Mathews Maker Movement: Part 2 – 3 from Castleview Productions on Vimeo.

Mathews Maker Movement: Part 3 – 3 from Castleview Productions on Vimeo.

The younger grades (PreK and K) will be working on Squishy circuits. 

Squishy circuits are a project from the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas.  The goal of the project is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough. In this session we will encourage the kids to investigate the concepts of open and closed circuits, working with LEDs, batteries, conductive dough and motors.

  • Learn more by watching these videos (see Squishy Circuits Basics): https://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/videos2.htm

    Please scroll down to the ‘Fun projects’, we will guide the kids to make some of those circuits.

    The older grades (2nd through 6th) will be coding on Scratch with Makey Makey. The kids are currently tackling Scratch MIT and its younger version, Scratch Jr, in the Computer lab. 

    A little background: 

    Scratch MIT is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. It is developed and maintained by the Scratch Team at the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT Media Lab and is free.

    Scratch: designed for kids 8 and up: https://scratch.mit.edu click on “Create”

    Scratch Jr is an app designed for kids 5-7. It works on tablets (iPads, android, etc) and is also free: https://wwwscratchjr.org

    MaKey MaKey allows people to turn everyday objects into ‘keys’ and use them with their computer. The default keys are the 4 arrow keys, the space bar, and left click of the mouse. They can be ‘remapped’ using Scratch code, for example. 

    During this session, we will encourage the kids to create code for the 4 arrow keys in order to make their ‘Sprite’ (character in Scratch) move. They will then connect their Makey Makey to the computer to control the Sprite. 

    For more background on Scratch MIT and Makey Makey (and lots of other applications), please check this link: https://wiki.scratch.mit.edu/wiki/How_to_Connect_to_the_Physical_World

    The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When children/people learn to code, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas! 🙂

    Details:

    ● At least two adults in each classroom for an hour.
    ● Each volunteer will be cleared to work with students through the District’s volunteer process.
    ● Each hour will be spent working with the children on Maker Movement activities
    ● Lesson Plans and supplies will be provided in advance
    ● Classroom Management tips and techniques will be given 
    via instructional video

Important Documents:

  • Background Check : Become an official volunteer by completing a quick background check (it takes less than 2 min to fill out online form)

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact Manue Reynolds (manue.bourgue@gmail.com) or Olivia Castelleja (oliviaccast@gmail.com)