Lilyana Stucker, Cali Eastling, Spencer Rochon and Javion Mata work on coding their own Flappy Bird game during a recent Makerspace in the Tri-County Learning Commons.

Makerspace promotes creativity in Tri-County Learning Commons

Tri-County students celebrated the “making” culture this past month through the 5-12 Learning Commons. During the three workshops and classroom lessons held at the Learning Commons, students were able to use the new technologies in the expanding Makerspace, including Sphero robots, littleBits and coding software.

Students began by learning basic coding procedures as part of the “Hour of Code” activities hosted through Code.org. The “Hour of Code” is a nationwide event that can be held at any time and focuses on one-hour sessions in order to introduce students to coding and computer science while encouraging participation in the rapidly growing career field.

The 5th and 6th grade students were able to use block coding to create their own custom version of Flappy Bird, and try the littleBits Creation Stations as part of Maker Month. The littleBits kits were purchased this past summer as part of a grant from the Alliant Community Foundation. With this contribution and the littleBits staff, Library Media Specialist Amy Eppinger was able to purchase several kits for use in the Makerspace, as well as in the district’s classrooms.

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