Global Maker Day at Fox Hill

On Tuesday, October 24th Fox Hill School students and teachers had the opportunity to participate in Global Maker Day. Mr. Murphy and I would like to extend our thanks to Dr. Marialice Curran for recommending Fox Hill to Jaime Donally, Global Maker Day founder, as the host school for this event which was broadcast live via YouTube.  We’d also like to thank all the Fox Hill teachers who brought their students to the event including:

Fifth grade teachers:
Mrs. Jaffe, Mrs. Lee, Mr. Norman and Mr. Raymond

Fourth grade teachers:
Mr. Daley, Mr. Lisano, and Mrs. Nolte

Third grade teachers:
Mrs. Lisano, Ms. Saia, and Mrs. Webb

Second grade teacher:
Mrs. Tigges

First grade teacher:
Mrs. Sawyer.

Global Maker Day allowed Fox Hill students to choose from eight stations:

  • Makey Makey Kits
  • Sphero Robots
  • Cardboard Creations
  • Trash Origami
  • Nature’s Art Box
  • Augmented Reality
  • Garage Band
  • Do Ink Green Screen Digital Storytelling

Each station was designed to encourage students to experiment, explore, build, collaborate, and communicate. Mr. Murphy and I wanted to provide students with high tech, low tech, and no tech options. To our surprise, many students gravitated towards one of the low tech options, the cardboard creation station, and spent the entire time designing, cutting, taping, and coloring unique items out of cardboard. About an hour after their formal time spent at the event, fifth grade teacher Jaime Jaffe asked if I could follow her to the fifth grade pod to see that the students had continued to build their creations. It was incredible to see the enthusiasm from the students and it underscored the power of the event.

Fox Hill fifth graders show off their cardboard creation

After Global Maker Day I asked teachers if they would have their students reflect on the day in their Seesaw journals and share not only what they learned and liked about the day, but suggestions to make next year’s Global Maker Day even better. Here is what some of Ms. Saia’s third graders had to share in their Seesaw portfolios:

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In terms of suggestions to improve Global Maker Day, Ryan B. said, “I want Global Maker Day to have more challenges to choose from. I also want more stations to choose. I want Global Maker Day to come more often.” Cecelia said, “I think to make Global Maker Day better we should add more stations and have more of a variety of materials to work with. It would be easier to make things with more materials.” Kate G. said, “I would suggest that you would have more different materials. For example, newspaper, clear tape, stronger scissors and wrapping paper. I would also suggest a drawing station. I know a lot of kids who like to just draw. There is just one more thing that I would like that is a station with all materials so the kids can make whatever they would like. So they can let their creativity fly.” Mr. Murphy and I agree with these suggestions and we will definitely collaborate with Fox Hill students to ensure our next Maker Day is even better!

Fox Hill teachers are increasingly integrating innovative, project-based learning opportunities into their curriculum and this is truly exciting for me and Mr. Murphy. Teachers are increasingly taking risks with new technology tools, offering students choices in their learning, amplifying student voice, capturing student learning through the use of digital portfolios, and collaborating with Mr. Murphy and I to create challenging, standards-based digital projects. In other words, Fox Hill teachers are demonstrating their growth mindsets on a daily basis. The video below is highlight from the day and the background music was created by our very own fifth grade student Bella using Garage Band. Mr. Murphy and I hope to host another Maker Day later in the school year and encourage our students to keep making!

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