Student Innovation Team

Announcement:

The 2018-19 Student Innovation Team applications will be accepted through the end of September. I have already received several. Due to the budget cuts and having to take over a lunch duty (the time S.I.T. meets), I have had to work it out with another teacher so that I could have one day off each week for the grades 3 and 4 S.I.T. I will not be able to have grades 1 and 2 this year. Sorry.

Grades 3 and 4 will have S.I.T. on Thursdays during recess.

Grade 5 will have S.I.T. on Friday during recess (the only day I do not have a class during that time).

Please see the 'Archives' link above for a partial look at what has happened in prior years, and what you can expect. This also includes a list of our sponsors for each year.

We will be having our third annual Tech Night on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6:00 to 7:00 in the WES Commons.

Students will spend the year working on several different things, persevere through issues, figure out what is working, what isn't , and what they need to do to fix it. Most will be required to keep records in a journal, allowing for reflection. These are life-long skills. They may post in the classroom or in a separate journal they can take with them.

The Student Innovation Team had their Tech Night on May 21, 2018. Most of the students who attended are shown in the picture to the left; two students left prior to the picture.

It was a great year! I'm going to miss my grade 5 students who recently headed to the Junior High. We'll have some great memories!

The current grades 3-5 students that would like to continue in the program will need to sign an acceptance letter for the 2018-19 school year and bring a new Parent/Guardian form home to be completed. They will not need to reapply.


Students have asked for links to some of the programs we will be using. This just touches the surface of the possibilities. These may also be used by friends.

1. Scratch (coding app that allows for animation and creating your own games - you do need to join if you want to save your work. It is free) https://scratch.mit.edu/

2. Hopscotch (coding program similar to Scratch but a little easier for younger students) https://www.gethopscotch.com/ Once you have had some practice and have played around a bit, here is a video that shows how you could make your own version of the Angry Bird game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFdRw9E6h5s

3. LittleBits Gizmos and Gadgets - How it works

5. Creating Google websites - tutorial created in Google slides. Click pause in between each slide if you are just beginning.

New Google Sites Tutorial

We are in need of supplies. The robots need AA or AAA batteries and we could use some electrical wire (20-22 gauge). A couple more screwdriver/bit sets for building the robots and doing computer hardware is needed. Some have been recently purchased and reimbursed by the PTO (thank you so much!), but we could use a couple more.

We are also in need of a few more older computer systems. We have four that the students can learn about, take apart, and put back together again, but the interest was much greater. I have some working with a partner on the same computer, but there is also more than one group working on the same computer. It would be nice if each group had their own so that they could start where they left off the prior week.

You could also Donate to the SIT by making a check payable to WES S.I.T. (Student Innovation Team). If you could let me know that you are doing this, that would be great!