Preparing to share far & wide

Now that all of the schools participating in the Young Authors Workshop have completed the sessions with their facilitators, they’re going to share what they learned with each other and everyone else.

They’re going to do that using a zine (more on what that is later), with each classroom creating a part of a single publication, collaborating from afar. Dr. Coppins from SHARP Literacy and Adam Carr visited each of the classrooms to help the students get started on their submission.

We’ll be able to share the final product soon!

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Session #2 at Metcalfe: Scribble Bots come to life!

The second YAW session consisted of a follow on exercise to the original session. The students were initially introduced to the simple motor project and learned the how and why about the force generated by electricity flowing through a wire when it’s in the presence of a magnet. During the second session the students were given a motor to start their project. This project’s purpose was to show the students how a motor can be used to build a toy that can generate art.

All students were excited and motivated to complete the project. Some students were able to complete the exercise by themselves while others required some assistance. My observations during the exercise revealed that additional preparation prior to the distribution of materials would benefit the overall goal of having a fully functional Scribble Bot by the end of the session.

Written by Michael McNeary, Metcalfe YAW Facilitator

To: Mr. McNeary; From: Room 215

The students from Metcalfe took a slightly different approach to the introductory assignment, writing their YAW facilitator directly. Check it out:

Dear Mr. McNeary,

Hi Michael, this is room 215, a room you will never forget. We are fourth graders here at Ralph H. Metcalfe. We are honored to have you visit our school, because we love having guests. Let us tell you a little about our classroom.

The most important thing you need to know is that we like to have fun. We like to play games on our laptops, but we also like to learn. 26 out of 29 of us like math. That means only 3 don’t. 16 of us love to read! We also like writing, earning Moola, Helping out, and Pizza parties!

However, SOME kids are rude, so please just ignore them. And sometimes EACH of us have our ups and downs. Sometimes we have problems, but mostly we’re good! So, that’s the truth about our class. We look forward to meeting you on Wednesday. Have a great day.

Sincerely,

Room 215

All kinds of cool at Discovery World

Students in Matt Richardson's workshop learned about digital privacy, which they demonstrate by covering their faces
Students in Matt Richardson’s workshop learned about digital privacy, which they demonstrate by covering their faces
The "Robochix" from St. Joan Antida High School paid us a visit to demonstrate their award-winning robots
The “Robochix” from St. Joan Antida High School paid us a visit to demonstrate their award-winning robots
Nathaniel Stern presents on creating interactive multi-media images with help from a marlin hanging on the wall
Nathaniel Stern presents on creating interactive multi-media images with help from a marlin hanging on the wall
Michael McNeary leads the students in an engineering experiment involving batteries and spinning metal coils
Michael McNeary leads the students in an engineering experiment involving batteries and spinning metal coils
Dina & Marcela Garcia dress the part to teach students about the effect of sugary beverages on their teeth
Dina & Marcela Garcia dress the part to teach students about the effect of sugary beverages on their teeth
Jess Goehner leads students as their custom print their own t-shirts
Jess Goehner leads students as they custom print their own t-shirts

Kicking off the 2016 YAW — Full STEAM ahead!

_DSC3280Full STEAM ahead!

On the morning of Jan 25, 2016, 4th & 5th graders from around Milwaukee gathered at Discovery World to kickoff an exciting project — SHARP Literacy’s 2016 Young Authors Workshop!

Throughout the next few months, students will be working with local professionals to engage in projects exploring STEAM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Participating schools are La Causa, Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Academy, Metcalfe Elementary School, Notre Dame, and Trowbridge School of Discovery and Technology.

The local professionals and project facilitators are an impressive and diverse group who have ambitious plans for the students:

  • Dina & Marcela Garcia, PhD candidate and health activist
    • Eggcellent Grillz explores the effects of sugary beverages on teeth
  • Nathaniel Stern, Artist and Educator at UW-Milwaukee
    • Creating interactive multimedia images
  • Matt Richardson, CEO/Visioneer at SmartWave
    • Telling a story with data using Human Centered Design Methods
  • Jess Goehner, Fashion Designer and Owner/CEO of Directive
    • Mono prints and screen printing tessellations
  • Michael McNeary, Principal Test Systems Engineer
    • Demonstrations using levitations, gyroscopes and magnets

On this blog, you can follow the project as it unfolds. Keep checking back throughout the next few months to hear updates from each classroom, as they share their many discoveries.

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Lynda Kohler, President/CEO of SHARP Literacy, welcomes the students before they head off to engage in experiments and activities.