At littleBits, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without feedback from our active community of educators.
Jackie Tan (@stmsmakerlab), Maker Lab Teacher at South Tahoe Middle School, tested out the the Expansion Pack and supporting lessons, and had provided the following feedback:
“My top table group had an awesome process and an awesome invention (the reclining massage chair . . . that every car should have!). My normally lowest table group had moments of excellent process and I really like that they did not create a car. Instead, they created a simulation of a self-driving car with a steering wheel that moves back and forth after a button press. They also learned how to use the laser cutter in the process.”
Jackie is the originator of the South Tahoe Middle School Maker Lab, which is the first dedicated makerspace in the school district. The maker lab is in its third year of operation, now serving grades 6, 7, and 8. Jackie is on a mission to spread technology and making throughout Lake Tahoe Unified School District. Here, she talks about incorporating new lessons into her curriculum using the Expansion Packs:
“Our program is very new, and while I talk about the engineering design process occasionally, my students are usually designing for themselves. littleBits’ Expansion Packs allowed me to test out a lesson where they were designing for others. They really enjoyed the experience. I was quite amazed at the collaboration and teamwork exhibited in the process.”
Jackie continues: “My students have really come a long way this year. As I plan for next year, I can see now how to integrate more of a design-thinking mindset in my lesson plans.”
Both Expansion Packs will begin shipping May 31, 2019.