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Makerspace: Mater Christi’s FIRST Robotics Team

February 2, 2016

Mater Christi School now has a FIRST robotics team (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and will be competing in the championship at the Vermont FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on Saturday, February 27 at the UVM Davis Center. In preparation for the challenge, students in grades 7-12 work together in teams to build and program a robot to compete against other teams. The students need to make a […] Read more...

Makerspace: A Glimpse into Elementary Coding Club (K-3)

November 17, 2015

Students in the Elementary Code Club are introduced to concepts of coding using free iPad apps. Students in kindergarten through grade 3 meet every Thursday after school in the Makerspace. On November 12, 14 students attended the first meeting which included 6 girls and 8 boys. Students used the Bee-Bot app to learn the basic concept of forward/backward, turn left/turn right, to navigate the garden path to reach the flower, […] Read more...

Makerspace: Making Musical Harmony Visual

October 15, 2015

We have a Harmonograph, built by the McCabe Family, on loan in the Makerspace. A Harmonograph is a machine that displays images of overtone and simple-ratio harmonic resonance on paper. In other words, it draws musical harmonies like a Spirograph using swinging pendulums and weights. Students in various grades will have the chance to plan a pattern and test their plan on the Harmonograph. A larger version of this machine […] Read more...

Makerspace: Inspiration Icosahedrons

September 29, 2015

Students in grades K-3 were introduced to the Makerspace this year with an activity called the Inspiration Icosahedron. One of four important rules in the Makerspace is to always wear our thinking cap. But sometimes our thinking cap isn’t enough to get us thinking “outside the box”. We talked about what we could do for inspiration if we get stuck. Looking at our painted ceiling tiles was confirmed as inspiring. In the same spirit, […] Read more...

Makerspace: Fold the Flock at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire

September 28, 2015

In the Mater Christi Makerspace, second grade students learned about the fragility and extinction of species by participating in the Fold the Flock Passenger Pigeon Origami project.  After folding their pigeons, they turned them into e-origami finger puppets with red LED eyes.   On September 26th and 27th, Mater Christi School presented the same project at the Champlain Mini Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms.  Almost 200 people folded pigeons; about […] Read more...