On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, a group of bright-eyed fourth graders stayed after school to begin our first Creative Circuits Club. After over three months of planning, it was finally time to start!
Stepping out of my comfort zone to try something new, I had to admit that I was both excited and nervous. As we discussed some general expectations, I was convicted to share what I thought would be very important for these students to understand..... creativity and failure lead to learning.
I wanted these students to know that perfection was not the goal. Learning is a process and failure is just a temporary event. We had a great discussion about what happens after you think you've messed up. That's the most important thing -- how you deal with what you perceive to be failure.
Day 1 ~ Light Painting
|E.H. shows her light design.|
It was a buzz of talking, moving around the classroom, and lights being turned off and on as students explored new ways of thinking and attempting to create designs.
|A student was working on a heart shape.|
|Three students worked together - one capturing the image with the iPad, another lying on the ground, and another student tracing their body with light from a flashlight. Looks a little creepy (think - crime scene outline) but cool.|
|Light creation by C.H.|
|Orange-yellow flame by A.Y.|
Day 2 ~ Squishy Circuits
The second day of club we explored Squishy Circuits. Since all of the students had studied electricity in science this year, this activity was the perfect addition to some things they already knew about conductors and insulators.
|These girls put their ideas together -- one of our big ideas is that|
instead of disagreeing with your group, see if you can
cooperate to combine your ideas into something new!
After simply trying to make their LED lights glow, students started creating animals, food items, robots, and some other items not yet "identified"
|This robot went through multiple revisions when|
the boys discovered they would need multiple
battery packs to light up the whole thing.
|A dragonfly, hamburger, and some other "items" :)|
We managed to make it through the afternoon with only one broken LED light and a few pieces of dough squished into the carpet. The best thing about Week 1 was the smiles, "aha's" and conversations as new ideas were tested.
Next week is another round of Squishy Circuits, then we'll begin Brush Bots. No doubt, there will be some failures along the way, but those "hiccups" on the learning path will only lead to even better ideas.