GCAA Makerspace to be Featured at Higher Education Channel (HEC-TV)

Andrew Goodin, Makerspace at Grand Center Arts Academy, was approached by Higher Education Channel (HEC-TV) for a show about the Makerspace movement. Their program, Behind the Minds, highlights interesting programs and people in St. Louis area schools. HEC-TV will be at GCAA on September 27, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for video footage and interviews for an upcoming edition of the show. I’ll work with Mr. Goodin to coordinate the interviews, get parent permissions and provide background to HEC-TV about Grand Center Arts Academy. I’ll let you know details about the air date, time, etc. once it’s confirmed.

Q&A with Andrew Goodin, Makerspace educator and Fishman Prize semi-finalist

Meet Andrew Goodin, a teacher at Grand Center Arts Academy, a Confluence Charter School. Goodin leads the Makerspace lab, a concept in education and learning that is growing across St. Louis and across the country. Because of his leadership and innovation in the classroom, Goodin has earned a lot of positive attention, which is one reason why he was named a semi-finalist for The New Teacher Project’s Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice. Goodin was one of 21 applicants out of nearly 800 who were selected as semi-finalists. TNTP’s Fishman Prize website says the award “honors teachers with $25,000 and a one-of-a-kind summer residency, exclusively for teachers in high-need, Title I eligible schools.” Follow this link for the entire article at the Confluence Website.

Head of School Matt Frederickson discusses GCAA (Video)

A couple weeks ago, GCAA Head of School Matt Frederickson agreed to allow me to record an interview where he discusses many aspects of GCAA. It's a 25 minute interview filled with colorful images of GCAA students making art. Enjoy!

New Video Features GCAA’s Makerspace

Andrew Goodin, who runs the GCAA Makerspace, asked to share the following video at the GCAA website.   According to Goodin, "I thought this might make for a cool feature on the GCAA page.  It’s highlights from our Makerspace Cardboard Carnival this year, and captures the fun and learning."

[This video was produced by JM Film & Design]

For more on the GCAA Makerspace, also consider this 2013 video featuring the GCAA makerspace. For the Makerspace Blog follow this link.

Nurturing Grit via Rubik’s Cubes

Rubik’s cubes are going viral at GCAA. As a supplement to the Makerspace: Make, Hack, Play curriculum, 7th & 8th grade students have been building spatial awareness, problem solving, and technical reading skills as they work to solve Rubik’s cube. Rubiks3 Thanks to Donorschoose.org sponsorship, each student in the course has been provided a Rubik’s Cube. Students mostly practice the cube during their free time, but have a 5-minute “quiz” in class each week to demonstrate progress. “It’s been exciting to see the collaborative learning. A few students will learn a technique and then share with their classmates to get everyone on board,” said Mr. Goodin, Makerspace teacher. Rubiks1 Solving a Rubik’s cube poses a unique hands-on challenge to students. It requires an immense level of patience. Because succeeding at a Rubik’s cube is so visual -students internalize the concept of practicing to learn. “It did like it at first. It made me angry and frustrated, but once you get one step you don’t want to stop,” said Kyran Walton, a GCAA 8th grader. Rubiks2 Learn more about the STEM skills associated with solving a Rubik’s cube here.

Makerspace Open House Tuesday, January 13 – 5 pm – 6:30 pm

Makerspace Open House Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Inviting all GCAA families to an evening of hands-on education, food, and fun! Join GCAA Makerspace Manager Andrew Goodin and his colleagues from the Disruption Department to learn how the Maker Movement is transforming the way students learn. Makerspace emphasizes a learn-through-doing approach, so come prepared to try your hand at various types of design projects from three Maker Stations.  We will also have a cheese tray, various dips, sandwiches, cookies, and punch to fuel your creativity. Please bring your donation of recyclables, such as toilet paper rolls and plastic containers, batteries, wire, and other maker materials. For a full list of supplies, visit https://gcaamakerspace.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/we-need-your-junk/. [This article by Katie belisle-iffrig ]   PixelPress2 PixelPress3 SpinningTop1 SpinningTop2 DrawBot1 DrawBot3

Makerspace Open House January 13 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Makerspace Open House January 13 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Green Your Holiday’s By Supporting GCAA’s Makerspace Each year between Thanksgiving and New Years, Americans send an extra five billion pounds of waste to the landfill! Much of this excess waste comes from packaging, wrapping paper, gift boxes, and other recyclables. One easy way to green up your holiday is to donate your used wrapping and packaging materials to GCAA’s Makerspace. Makerspace students will take your holiday trash and transform it into a treasured educational experience! Makerspace students combine low-tech materials (such as your unwanted Holiday wrapping paper rolls) and high-tech tools to learn design thinking. They use 3D modeling, animation, video game design, programming, and circuitry to create a unique experience and product. By the end of the school year, students see themselves as designers and have an enhanced affinity for science, design, technology, and engineering. We are inviting all GCAA families to join us on Tuesday, January 13th to learn how Makerspace is having a positive impact on student’s self-perception. Drop in to the Makerspace classroom anytime between 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. to see student projects and participate in making activities. Bring your toilet paper tubes, small clean containers, and other supplies left over from the holidays. We will provide light d’oeuvres and a collaborative spirit! A full list of supplies needed throughout the year is available at https://gcaamakerspace.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/we-need-your-junk/. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you in the New Year! Andrew Goodin Dr. Katie Belisle-Iffrig Makerspace teacher GCAA parent

GCAA Makerspace Creates Stronger Students

Story by GCAA student Demarco Saffold Makerspace founder Andrew Goodin believes that it has been an exciting year and next year will only get better. But what has the Makerspace done to our students? How has it influenced them not only when it comes to their work ethic, but personally. Goodin gave his students a survey asking how has the Makerspace benefited them. "The answers were pretty awesome," he said, "one student stated that they now see themselves in the future becoming engineers or scientists." IMG_7613 Lynne and Makerspace The students come in the Makerspace feeling unconfident about their skills, but walk out as stronger students and people. Dewon Dixon, a seventh grader, also gives his take on how the Makerspace has changed him. "When I first came to GCAA, I felt like I wouldn't be able to invent. But through my time working with Mr. Goodin, I realized that I am able to do whatever I want. I feel like I can help the world!" Dixon won award this school year at an Invention Competition. Out of 400 competitors, Dixon and Amara Bivins won honorable mention for a security system that took your picture when the sensor goes off. IMG_7586 Lynne and Makerspace Chase Doctor, an eighth grader, has also won an award for an invention of her own. She also gives insight on how the Makerspace strengthened her. "The Makerspace made me a stronger student because it has showed me how to work through the problems I encounter," she said. After providing a new creative outlet for many students this year, the Makerspace will return next year to help more students and inspire more efficient workers and inventors.