Our first grade classrooms were transformed into a makers space as the students completed the plans for their robot and then spent time creating!
First, the students planned their design. Their robot needed to solve a problem or help others. We learned in our reading stories that many inventors created new things (like the light bulb) because there was a problem (the gas in the lights were causing homes to burn down). So, the students made a plan for their robot’s job and gave a description. We practiced writing helpful adjectives to describe their robots.
Next, the students used their plans to create their robot. We stayed busy for a long time! We learned some hard lessons – our ideas may not always go as we planned. Failure isn’t fun, but it sure is a good learning experience! When this happened, I saw students help others, give ideas, and work together. During work time, this was overheard:
“Inventing is hard — and FUN!”
“This is really fun!”
“Everything is awesome!”
“Holy moly – that’s big!”
“Look at ____’s robot! Cool!”
“This is the BEST day of school!”