This is Part 2 of a blog post series from the first #Picademy USA in MountainView this past weekend - including this Video Summary.
I was not surprised to see the learning and networking from Raspberry Pi Day 1 continue into the night. Following our first full day at Picademy, Sam Patternson (one of Bay Area educators attending Picademy) invited us to his school’s makerspace.
Sam’s makerspace was filled with many of the materials, tools, and student projects in progress that one might find in a school makerspace or STEAM classroom, along with with one unique, powerful, and most amazing resource that you won't find anywhere else — Sam Patternson !
It was obvious that Sam and his students OWNED this space! It was filled with their passion in the form of projects in progress, failed attempts, and successfully completed artifacts. It was easy to imagine what this space looked like during school hours filled with the buzz of students creating and making.
|Mission Project in 3D|
|Lots of bins filled with projects in progress|
|Sphero gets a new look with 3D printed costume|
|The bank of Polar Printers got lots of attention|
|Sewing Machines, Spheros, and Robot Parts|
|A pull down green screen -- look no wrinkles!|
|3 point lighting hung from the ceiling|
|No cords and wires = safer setup for movie making|
|Green Fleece - again no wrinkles! I'm trading in my green muslin|
|Did I spot a KANO -- perfect intro to Raspberry Pi for younger learners|
It was obvious that everyone felt like they had found their tribe — who not only shared tips and best practices, but who also shared some of the frustrations that many creatives face — “Why don’t the rest of our colleagues ‘get it’! Why isn’t the iPad cart being signed out EVERY DAY? How do we change the system to make school a more creative place for all children?”
I had planned to do some reading that might inform my project for the next day, but I crashed as soon as I made it back to my room just shy of midnight -- but not before bookmarking some resources about coding with younger learners by Dr. Sam Patterson! Part 3 of this series will feature Day 2 of Picademy USA.
|Sam's Edutopia Blogpost|
Sam's tip for managing multiple robots in one space
Each iPad is paired with a specific Sphero
|Magnets and whiteboards galore spark design thinking|
Supplies, Storage, and more Supplies and more Storage
|BeeBots - great tool for teaching coding to pre-readers|
|And for those who do read!|
|Print resources to promote creating and making are important|
|Plenty of supplies of all types|
3D printed artifacts were abundant