#TeamMakers – Decisions, Decisions …. Rocket vs. Heater

For the Makers project me and Rey teamed up and went through many different ideas as to what we can make that also be an assignment we can teach to our future students. We didn’t to just build anything we wanted our “Maker” or “Tool” to serve a purpose.  The first idea we came up with was to make “High-Pressure Foam Rockets” as were seen on the Make Project website, we felt that it was fun, creative and fundamental for our future classrooms but it wasn’t challenging enough. So we stumbled across the “Altoids -Tin Heater”, and we thought it was perfect, challenging, creative. The project even though it seems rather easy it was a bit of a challenge especially when it came to cutting and punching holes through the sheet metal.

The objective of this tool is to teach our future students how to build a portable heater for survival kit purposes possibly to use when camping and needing to roast marshmallows or to simply boil water as suggested on the web-page. Stay tuned for our final finished product!

This is the link to Reyawesome’s post of our 2nd attempt of building our Heater.

Let’s Make Edible Cell Models

I suppose you get an idea of what I am going to make just by looking at the tittle.

Yummy Idea hu. I encountered a few problems trying to find something that I would like to do in my future classroom.  At first, I thought about dissection of a frog or earth worms. So I thought how cool would it be to make an app that would let you actually dissect a frog.  Well, unfortunetly it’s in the market already. I believed this would be a great idea because many schools do not offer this experience, and how neat would it to complete it without anyone being grossed out by the oder or slimy feeling.

Nevertheless, I found something more interesting that would be both educational, fun and yummy by Se7en.  We can’t neglect the fact that all children have a sweet tooth.  In this activity children would make both plant cells and animal cells.  Why both?  So they would learn about the organelles and later be able to compare and contrast the two.

When I was in junior high school, I clearly remember just having to memorize all the organelles, but with this activity students would be unknowingly memorizing them with this fun activity.

This would be our final product below.

edible cell

 Se7en shares an edible cell model made from candies, making biology fun for children. Grant Potter begins,

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.” ― Jim Jarmusch

INSPIRATIONAL isn’t it.   Potter adds “Tinker with me”.  And so I have, it’s not my idea, but I will definitely tinker on. . .