BY Carly Smith
Oak Ridge School
I am applying for a grant to purchase 10 MaKey MaKey invention kits for my technology students. It is important that my students are exposed to the limitless wonders of what can be created with circuits and coding. The concept of writing code that sends electrical signals throughout a circuit to create a product or solve a problem is complex and abstract. However, an understanding of computer coding is the gateway to success in innovation. I plan to engage my students in collaborative inquiry projects that will challenge them to invent, build, and code new methods for resource conservation.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The project will be gauged a success when the students have completed, functional projects. They will have worked together and kept resource journals of their progress. It is my hope that the projects can be displayed at a “maker fair” in which classmates, families, and community members can see what the students have created.
Benefit to the students and the school
The students will benefit from opportunities to learn authentic coding and circuitry skills within their technology class. The school will benefit year after year as these devices can be used and reused in varied creative applications. This year, in grade 3 alone, more than 250 students will have access to the kits and the inquiry lessons that coincide.
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
I will be prepared to do the project once the devices are received. It would be my hope to begin teaching the coding software by November, and adding the circuit devices by January.