Today we had tons of fun exploring another one of our DonorsChoose.org gadgets! This week we had the opportunity to do more explorations of our littleBits sets. Students got really into creating - first putting together an assortment of pieces and checking out how they could make their buzzers or light work. Then (in some extra proud moments for me...), the students began using the instruction booklets to create more complex circuits. One group had fun making a joke hand buzzer and another group asked me if I had a feather so that they could use the motor to make a tickle machine. I was so impressed with students' ability to design circuits and their enthusiasm for beginning to create projects that would do something specific (like tickle a classmate). I can't wait to see what they start making once they start coming up with their own creations!
I love teaching kindergarten literacy at STEM! It is amazing to be a part of the reading and writing growth of a kindergarten student. You get to see kids move from knowing some letters and sounds to being enthusiastic readers and young authors.