Last week, things really started to gel for both my 8th grade Creative Computing class and my CS II class. On Thursday’s #makered chat, I posted this:
— Laura Blankenship (@lblanken) October 22, 2014
This is an 8th grade student going to town with a Hummingbird Kit. The assignment was to create something physical with a Halloween theme. And while her robot probably will only loosely be Halloween-y, she’s ready to work on this for the next few weeks.
Another student wanted to make a Haunted House, so she laser cut the front of a house, and then used a drill to cut out the windows and then started using the 3Doodler to enhance some of the details on the front. She asked if this house could be a prototype for a whole city. Um, yeah, I said, That would be awesome. She said, oh man, this is what I’ve always wanted, to be able to do stuff like this.
Meanwhile in CS II, I’ve been trying to corral what is a pretty feisty group of students. There are only 7 of them. They have been bonded through their experience in CS I, and they have a tendency to want to goof off; however, this week, they finally got to work on some object-oriented programming, again with a Halloween theme. Below are two of the projects. My CS II class is at the end of the day, and is followed by a free period for students. Many of my CS students just stay and keep working. It’s pretty cool. At the end of last week, I was feeling pretty darn good about my students. And I have more good student news to share. Stay tuned!