Innovation Lab

The Mathews Innovation Lab provides an extended space for students to use their imagination and creativity to learn through hands-on experiences. As our students use collaboration, communication, making, tinkering, and engineering, we encourage them to learn through successes as well as failures.

Students have access to a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer (left) as well as a variety of other tools.

Mathews students visit the Innovation Lab with Mrs Sanders, our technology teacher, once a week. The students will learn how to use High and Low Tech resources to provide opportunities for creative use. The resources range from laptop software, 3D Printing, and iPad apps to the use of hand tools such as drills and saws. The Lab has a variety of “treasure trash” the students can use to design and create projects from scratch. Computer Science skills using Bee-Bot Robot, ScratchMIT, Ozobots, MakeyMakey and WeDo 2.0 for coding are introduced as well as circuitry with Squishy circuits and Little Bits.

Mrs Sanders website: mathewslab206.weebly.com

Chromebooks are accessible to all.

 

From top to bottom, left to right: One of our tool benches, our LittleBits wall, a variety of reclaimed/repurposed building materials.

Resources:

Bee-Bot Robot, for younger grades: www.bee-bot.us

Ozobots ozobot.com

MakeyMakey www.makeymakey.com

Squishy circuits http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/

LittleBits littlebits.cc

ScratchMIT scratch.mit.edu

Scratch Jr (PreK-2nd grade) www.scratchjr.org

Tinkercad www.tinkercad.com