Upon returning to my 5th graders, I have been working on the idea of a Maker Space within my classroom. I want to harness the power of students being able to tinker, play, invent, collaborate and learn from the successes and failures along the way. One challenge was gathering the materials that I needed to launch this space in my classroom.
Pixel Press Floors
On the education portion of Pixel Press' website, they have pre-made lesson plans. They have a one day lesson plan as well as a five day lesson plan. They are very easy to follow and perfect for opening your students' eyes to all the possibilities.
My class will be using the five day lesson plan. We kicked off the new maker space along with Pixel Press Floors today. We watched the video and then I let the students play levels from the arcade to begin exploring some of the different elements they may want to add to their own designs.
Tomorrow we will begin creating our interview questions and interviewing "gamers" to develop empathy in the design process. My students are super excited to work through this project. I will be documenting our journey. Can't wait to see what they learn as well as what I will be able to learn along the way.