Makers, Coders, & Tinkerers - The Iona PS Makerspace
What is a makerspace?
A makerspace is a place where our students can ‘make’ things – with code, origami, cardboard, craft materials, robots, and much more! Located in our school library, the makerspace is a space for tinkering, building, and hands-on creative projects, and it will help foster our students’ interests in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts.
In August 2016, our makerspace and robotics program was recognised by Catholic Education WA with a prestigious LEAD Award for Excellence in Learning.
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday Lunchtimes
Maker Monday After School Program
Maker Monday Challenge - Robot Zoo
Individually, or with a partner, you will have an opportunity to design and build a robot animal. Your robot could be made out of cardboard and recycled materials, LEGO, or mBot components.
The goal for this project is to create a “robot” which mimics the movement of your chosen animal. For example,
- a bird might have wings which flap (controlled using gears and a motor), or shake its’ tail feather.
- A cheetah will ‘move’ very quickly.
- A robot cat might have eyes which light up in the dark (hint: experiment with Littlebits LEDs and the light sensor). You could even use Scratch & a MakeyMakey to make the cat meow & hiss.
Once you’ve created your robot animal, you will have the opportunity to design and build its’ enclosure or habitat.
From Monday, February 27th (Week 5), the after-school program will operate for students from Years 4-6 only, with a maximum of 20 participants. Interested families must register their children using our new TryBooking page: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=260850&bof=1.
Younger brothers and sisters of participating students are still welcome to join us in the library after school; however, their challenge time will move to our new Maker Monday lunchtime program (see below). They can help decorate our LEGO wall and explore the wonderful selection of books on offer in our library.
The after-school program runs from 3:20-4PM on Monday afternoons. Supervised student pick up will be from the front gate (by the admin building); however, parents are most welcome to come a little earlier and pick their children up from the library (in the main teaching block).
Please note: There will be no afterschool sessions on March 6th (Labour Day), March 13th (Mr Graffin away), and April 3rd.
**NEW** Maker Monday Lunchtime Program for Years 2-4
We are introducing a new dedicated “Maker Monday” lunchtime program for students in Years 2-4. This new program will operate as an extension of the Monday Library Train and will allow us to better cater to the needs of our younger makers and tinkers. No booking is required.