It feels like things are finally settling into a sort of groove/routine in the library. A lot of book circulation, and a LOT of activity during recess and study hall times. 5th and 6th grade recess in particular is hopping. Today was a rainy day recess, and the library was packed with kids–reading, beading, sewing, tinkering, and collaborating on projects.
In my own personal Making, I’ve done a few fun/interesting things lately. First, I got some simple vibration motors and played around with those, making brush bots with my Tinkering activity kids and a few art bots just for the heck of it. I’m trying to find more fun, inexpensive things to make, because once a few kids see something, I end up with a bunch who want to make the same thing. Art bots and brush bots are good for this.
This week, I’ve been testing out our new Hummingbird Robotics Kit. I ordered this with a handful of kids in mind (not just for them, of course, but I was thinking of a specific group), but I’ve been playing around with it myself to make sure I have all the right software installed and know the essentials of how to work it. I’m using Scratch for the programming piece, and so far, it’s a lot of fun. I have a LONG way to go before I feel at all comfortable, but I’m far enough in to know that it’s a pretty nifty kit.
And that’s the news from the library! Nothing too exciting, but things are rolling right along. . .