Fourth through sixth grade students will use design thinking to develop creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking in the Maker Space. Through innovative and cross disciplinary projects, science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM) will all play a role in their learning. Students will discover the power of voice, choice, and passion driven learning as they grow on a continuum as learners, thinkers, and as creators.
Students in the 3rd Grade Year will experience interdisciplinary projects that include, "If I Built a Car" connected to their learning about the book Stuart Little, sundials to demonstrate learning of ancient history, build games to showcase simple machines, learn robotics through constructing challenge courses, and practice technology skills like typing and computer programming.
During the 4th grade year, students will enjoy: exploring wearable technology, building catapults and bridges, filming, coding, 3D printing, making rubber band powered cars, creating Da Vinci inventions, packaging devices, Fix it Shop, and Take Apart Electronic Days.
Design projects during the 5th grade year include art robots, ideal wallets, 3D printing, Makey Makey Invention creations, collaborative challenges, coding, LED circuitry, marble run roller coasters, green screen filmmaking and Take Apart Electronic Days.
Students in 6th grade will pursue their passions by discovering a need in their field of interest and working with an expert mentor to engineer a device to meet that need. Using design thinking and the Scientific Method to research and carry out their projects, students will then present their device and project findings at the Orlando Science Center to qualified judges. Green Lounge chairs, medical 3D Printing for a Purpose, and an 18 hole mini golf design project also make up the 6th grade year in the Maker Space.