PlacenTinkers Makerspace

Boy and Bot By Ame Dyckman

Placentino is abuzz with enthusiasm following a recent visit from Spot the Robot! Spot, a robotic dog from @BostonDynamics, made a special appearance at our school. Motivated by this exciting experience, we embarked on our coding journey using small robots and apps.
In our initial center activity, students programmed amiable robots to teach sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving concepts. At the second center, students had an exciting time engaging with various apps on iPads and Chromebooks  to delve into essential programming principles such as sequences, loops, and algorithms. Acquiring coding skills fosters cognitive abilities like critical thinking and problem-solving.

PlacenTinkers are thinkers


About PlacenTinkers

In our PlacenTinker Makerspace we strive to support and promote literacy.  Each Makerspace session starts with a book related to the theme or project for that month. Integrating literacy is  a powerful way to promote interdisciplinary learning and provide students with a well-rounded education.
In addition to traditional forms of literacy, such as reading, writing, and research, makerspaces can also support digital, coding, and invention literacies. These literacies involve developing skills in technology, programming, and engineering, which can prepare students for the rapidly changing demands of the modern workforce.

 

Here's where we've been!

By working together and collaborating, PlacenTinkers discovered that each one of us has valuable ideas. After all teams finished creating a unique tide pool prototype, we shared them with the class by projecting them onto our new Promethean Panel. Students donned lab coats (because of course, Marine Biologists are scientists) and each group presented their prototype and described the features that help them adapt to their Tide Pool Habitat.

Welcome to the world of PlacenTinkers!  We are a  makerspace dedicated to exploring, designing, creating, tinkering, collaborating, and connecting through the principles of Design Thinking . We are proud to showcase our ever evolving Makerspace.  

PlacenTinkers are Thinkers!

Design thinking loop

Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments that provide students with access to tools, materials, and technology for hands-on learning. 

Design Thinking is a problem-solving approach that focuses on empathy, experimentation, and iterative design.  It’s a growth mindset where students learn the value of mistakes and see them as opportunities for growth and learning.

Together, Makerspace and Design Thinking can help students learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively. By engaging in hands-on, experiential learning, students can develop a range of skills and competencies that will prepare them for success in school, career, and life.


PlacenTinkers in the news!  Please be sure to check out the article in School Library Journal which features our PlacenTinker Makerspace!

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