Wow! I received an uplifting email today about my blog and I immediately had to get back to posting! I have been a little light-on this year….life gets busy and things change but the email this morning just reminded me why I blog. Before I share the email I should mention how my new role as ‘Junior School Technologies Coordinator’ is working.
I’m now able to share the many wonderful and exciting technologies available to assist teachers and students in their teaching and learning. The allocation of two new spaces called Gingerline and Corbeau (love the names!) in our school’s new facility ‘The Link’ are now a second ‘Makerspace’ and ‘Coding and Robotics’ for junior students. I have bought more resources and equipment, including a smaller 3D printer, tools and circuitry, it has been fun setting up.
Taking classes in the rooms and holding clubs in the spaces has motivated some inspiring work…Year 5 finding digital solutions to HASS questions and Year 4 building and programming WeDo creations leading up to programming Milo, the Science Rover, as part of their science unit.
And now the reason for this post. Thank you Lynette and Ava for allowing me to share your email. It really warmed my heart and touched me deeply…..
My daughter Ava and I just wanted to send you a quick email to say thanks. Ava is in girl scouts, and is working to earn her “Programming Robots” badge. The troop is learning all about coding and programming first – and were told to do some of their own research at home before their next meeting. Ava found your page http://tinkeringchild.com/
Her troop leader actually told us that the Girl Scouts just recently came up with a new STEM program and introduced a bunch of new patches encouraging girls to explore math and science and I think it’s wonderful – Ava’s excelled in science since she was very young and I’m happy there will be more opportunities out there now for her and other girls to explore.
When I told Ava I was going to email you to thank you, she suggested (insisted) I let you know about another coding resource for kids shes been using a lot at https://online.maryville.edu/
Lynette & Ava
Writing a blog is about sharing thoughts and ideas that may interest others, so receiving such an email is such positive reinforcement. Thank you Lynette, and Ava and I will be adding your recommended site to my resource page!