We had an excellent time at STEM Club this Monday! Students worked with Little Bits, Scratch, and Makey Makey. Ask your kids to tell you all about it!
Can you believe our last STEM meeting is next Monday???
I am beyond proud of these kids and all they have accomplished this semester in STEM club!! Just a reminder, Monday, December 11th is our last STEM meeting for the fall club. If you are interested in signing your child up for the spring club visit the HFE webpage. Sign up will go live on December 11th @8:00am.
The Technology Competition is Next Monday!!
The Technology Competition is approaching quickly! We had a ton of entries this year…woohoo! Students entered projects in 10 different categories! This is the most we’ve ever had. In order to fit all the projects in, we need to extend the meeting time to 4:05. Let me know ASAP if your child will NOT be able to stay until that time.
Here’s the rundown of how the last STEM club meeting on Monday, December 11th will look. All STEM club members will meet in the media center at 2:30. Students will then be put into judging groups…all students will judge projects even if they are competing. They will be able to leave their judging room approximately 10 minutes before their designated presentation time slot to practice and get ready. For example, John Doe is competing in Video Production. John’s time slot is 3:15. John is a judge in Web Design. John will judge Web Design from 2:45-3:05, then will go get ready to present his Video Production project. Once he’s done presenting, he will return back to his judging job in Web Design.
Each presentation slot is 10 minutes long. Parents are NOT allowed in the judging rooms. At the county and state competitions, parents aren’t allowed in the rooms, so we want to model this the same way to get students prepared.
However, I do need about 4 or 5 parents to serve as hallway monitors and help students before they go into their judging room. If you are interested in helping with this, please email me ASAP.
***If your child is trying out for the Musical and they need to be in the music room the majority of the time, they do not need to serve as a judge. They will still need to present at their time however. I have spoken with Mrs. Trude and we've worked it out so they can do both.
***Also, a few STEM moms have come together to bring snacks as a STEM celebration after judging has ended. Judging will end at 4:05 and the celebration will be from 4:05-4:30. If your child can't stay for the celebration, you are welcome to pick them up at 4:05.
Please have your kids bring all the materials they need to work on their technology competition project at the next meeting on Monday, November 27! Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Gray, and I will be meeting with each group and helping them with their work. If your child did not turn in their permission slip, please click the button below to print one out and have your child bring it on Monday 11/27.
The technology competition is coming up soon! During this week's club meeting, we discussed the categories and rules. See below for detailed information with due dates and descriptions of each category! Click on the button at the very bottom to print out a HFE Technology Competition Application and Permission Form. Students are able to work with a partner OR alone. The county competition is only open to students in 3rd-5th grade. The county divides it by 3&4 and 5&6 grades. In STEM club, we will ALSO be having a competition including our second graders! This will only be school level. It will prepare them for next year!
Shout out to Greyson and Crosby who worked hard to make this digital production above including still shots! What a cool idea!
We switched a few things around this week. We have a lot of students interested in entering the technology competition in the video production category, so we decided to do that before web design. Students used Clips on the iPads. This is a FREE app ! Students can also put their clips into iMovie and edit even more! We talked a lot about how the video needs to tell a story in an entertaining way that captures the viewer's attention. The two examples below were fantastic!
The technology competition is quickly approaching! Students can work alone or with a partner. The county has grouped students by 3&4, and 5&6. We have asked students to keep this in mind when selecting a partner. Also, unfortunately, the county does not allow students 2nd grade and below to enter the county wide competition. We will still accept 2nd grade entries and name a winner at the Heards Ferry level...we will just not be able to send them on to the county.
All entries are due on Thursday, December 14, 2017. STEM club members will judge the entries on Monday, December 18, 2017. Here are the categories:
Students were given the option to work with Scratch, Makey Makey, or the robotics kids. Those who chose to continue with robotics were able to make their creations move ! It was so cool to see their creativity come to life and their excitement about their creations!
We still need more AA batteries! We have 10 kits and each need 6 batteries to work. We were able to get 5 kits working . Thank you to those who donated batteries! We still need more to get the rest up and running:)
Next week, our focus will shift to web design. All students will have the option to continue on with projects they have started as well. We want to expose students to all of the tech competition categories.
STEM Technology Competition & Fulton County Technology Competition
Next week we will also be telling students about the Fulton County Technology Competition! We will discuss the categories and rules! The county is still finalizing this, so I will not have the most up to date information until next week. Unfortunately, the Fulton County Competition is only for grades 3-5. Due to this, we will also have a STEM technology competition (more details to follow). This will give our 2nd graders a chance to show pride in their work too!
We had a blast at STEM club today! Students were given the option to continue their work with Makey Makey and Scratch or move onto our Stemfinity EQ Robotics kits. Students were also able to chose between making their own robotics creation and following the guided instructions. Click the button below to see ! (The kits we have are the EQ 1 Series).
Each robotics kit calls for 6 double A batteries! We have 10 kits! Do you have any extra Double A batteries at your house that you'd like to donate? If so, please send them in!
Makey Makey Materials
The STEM team is ready to take Makey Makey to the next level and we need your help! Do you have any extra cardboard, playdough, or any cool items students could use to expand their creations? Ask your child for more details! Send them in next Monday:)
We had a blast using Scratch! Students were creating sprites, designing backgrounds, programming motions, adding sounds, and more! Did you know Scratch is a free program that you can use at home? Click below to create on Scratch!
Some groups worked mainly with Makey Makey! This is one of my favorite tools! Students were even able to make their own keyboards out of play dough! Check out the video above! How cool is that?! Click below for information about Makey Makey and a link to the apps!