On May 30th, 14 members of the Lesley New Teacher Community (NTC) gathered in the new Lesley Makerspace to experience hands-on STEAM activities. The group included new teachers from a range of grades and disciplines who were eager to discover these new tools for themselves.
Last Monday, one of Amy Moylan’s first grade parents came into her classroom to share her daughter’s excitement that “her teacher is going to robot school” and that the little girl couldn’t wait to use the robots in her classroom. Ms. Moylan, who teaches at the Amigos School, was one of 20 Cambridge Public School District (CPSD) teachers and specialists taking the “Make It Take It” robotics course facilitated by the Lesley team and CPSD Instructional Technology Specialist guru Ingrid Gustafson. The idea behind the class is that each Cambridge school was offered robotics kits with the intent of bringing robotics and programming into the classrooms. The workshop was taught in the Kennedy-Longfellow School (K-Lo) makerspace over the course of several days.
The Lesley/K-Lo Technology Partnership team is thrilled to be traveling to Austin, Texas to present at the national SXSWedu Conference in March. Our team will roll out a hands-on STEAM workshop entitled “Makerspace Mashup”, allowing participants to try their hand at a series of robotics, design, engineering, and art challenges. Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@) as we tweet out highlights from the weeklong conference, starting March 9th!