Here are some great ideas to build on the ones in Wading In that can enhance the technology already in your makerspace. These are not product endorsements, just fun ideas that you can integrate into your school’s maker arsenal.
Lego Mindstorms: These kits allow students to make programmable robots for a variety of applications. Within the downloadable software, there is the ability to program a robot to execute specific commands as well as complete experiments where the robots collect data from the sensors in the kit. Above and beyond the basic mindstorm kit, there are a variety of add ons to support curricular connections, such as simple machines, space exploration, and renewable energy.
Scratch: Scratch is an easy to use programming interface designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab (For additional information about the theory, see our Theory connections). Scratch allows students to present their ideas in new and interactive ways. Through the coding process, they problem solve using the design process. Scratch can be highly creative, even when students are first learning the program.
Green Screen Applications: Green screen applications could be a way to take technology usage within your makerspace to the next level. With green screen, students can shoot video footage “anywhere”. There are also possibilities to use green screen during projects such as stop motion animation. Do Ink iPad app and iMovie are great ways to get started.