What is a Exploration Station?
It is a Makerspace for every student in the school.
What is a Makerspace?
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. (oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/)
When do students visit Exploration Station?
On Fridays, different grade levels visit Exploration Station. The goal is for each class to visit 6 times this year.
What are some things students do in Exploration Station?
Examples of upcoming projects-
1st Grade-Create a fort using various items to withstand wind
2nd Grade-Gingerbread Man Challenge
3rd Grade-Stomp Rockets
4th Grade-Vortex Cannon
Every grade will also explore with BreakoutEDU boxes. (http://www.breakoutedu.com/)
Items that are needed for donations-
Boards-wooden planks or plywood