Halloween may be gone, but it's not forgotten. At Cove, incorporating a holiday like Halloween into the curriculum made for some spooktacular fun! Cove’s Technology Facilitator Patrick Black utilized Cove’s new littleBits collection to teach elementary and junior high students how to make ghosts, vampires and other scary creatures come alive!
His latest project had students doing some “Halloween Hacking.” Using electronic components composed of batteries, switches, lights, buzzers and other electronic gizmos, which snap together magnetically, students created some “out of the box” creations.
Students worked in small groups to come up with an idea for their projects. Using printed Halloween cut-outs, or scary creatures they found online, they attached the artwork to a cardboard box and then used the littleBits to make their creatures move, light up or make scary sounds.
This project is part of Cove’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) curriculum. When engaging in STEAM classes, students often have the opportunity to work together and learn from each other. This strategy is very important in teaching real-world work scenarios. Mr. Black believes, “collaboration is a critical skill for all students”.
Throughout the rest of the year in the STEAM program, students will have the chance to work with new technological tools while learning how to apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems using the Design Thinking framework.
Prepare to be scared as you watch this video made by Mr. Black showcasing these incredible projects!