Mrs. Nielsen's Science World
Mrs. Nielsen's Science World
WELCOME TO MRS. NIELSEN'S HOMEPAGE!
HAVE YOU HEARD???????
The Ideals and Philosophy of Our Frog Pond Elementary School Makerspace
Dear Parents and Guardians:
It is our great fortune to be able to obtain and construct a Makerspace in our Frog Pond Elementary School. Our students will have the ability to collaborate on problem solving for real situations, inventing new machines and systems, technologically build and create codes to operate robots, design wearable technology, and develop polymers among others as some of our far-reaching goals in order to prepare for the 21st Century workforce. Some of the opportunities we would like to provide in our Makerspace include, but are not limited to:
· Various building materials to create prototypes
· 3D Printing/Design (eventually)
· Hacking/Remixing the Web/Coding
· Computer Programming
· Wearable Technology
· Engineering Inventions
Soon we will begin utilizing the Makerspace with 5th Graders and then we will follow with other grades. Our children will be able to fill out a recess pass, which will include a design plan to solve a problem during their recess period as a choice for recreation. An awesome time for CREATION!
Here’s a peek!
El Ed Makerspace:
Example of a Makerspace El Ed Program:
We are now in the planning stages of the Makerspace and we are looking to extend the Makerspace into the LEH Community as well. We are accepting offers of expertise help in just about every avenue of management, design and business in many professions such as: the medical field, lab technologists, communication corporations, engineers and builders, electricians, carpenters, organizers, fund-raisers, grant writers, scientists, chefs, chemists, recycling managers, conservationists, construction contractors and workers, marketers, financial planners, commercial designers, plumbers, bankers, computer programmers and analysts, etc. We are well aware of just how much talent is in our Frog Pond Family alone!
We need you! There are so many ways to contribute to the success of this program!
We would like to reach out to local township offices, businesses and corporations to partner with our Frog Pond Makerspace program so that the children will benefit by having experts in the field as resources, guides and supervisors on special projects. This sharing of time and talent is a gift for our future. You never know where or how a student will become inspired!
Our successful Makerspace will have to be stocked with materials that are both maintained in the Makerspace as well as consumed and replaced. We will require that many items be safely sent in from home and we hope to obtain materials and/or donations from the many area businesses, industries and corporations in Little Egg Harbor Township and the surrounding area stores. WE have had the great fortune to have even had Home Depot present us with a contribution to lend support of towards the roll-out of our Makerspace! To date, we have been stocking our Makerspace shelves slowly with many teacher-donations, but we really need the help of our entire Frog Pond Family.
We are also looking for people to serve on Makerspace Central who will utilize their leadership, communication and organization skills to act as a liaisons between businesses, industries and professionals in all careers, along with keeping an inventory of the Makerspace materials and replacements. If you signed on to be PIE Volunteer for the Frog Pond school, this may be an area of interest for you. We are especially interested in volunteers who have raised funds for organizations or who have experience in grant writing and can share those skills with us. The Makerspace will be as efficient and as far-reaching as possible with the help of many and our children only stand to benefit!
We are currently looking to add all types of Legos for architectural design and simple machines, as well as engineering kits like Raspberry Pi, Makey-Makey Kits, littleBits, Robot Kits, and coding software. But we are also in need of the following basic items found at home, trade businesses or offices:
plastic table cloths
plastic covered wire
electric circuit boards
architecture planning paper
nuts and bolts
clear plastic cups
pH test paper
scraps of wood
plastic place mats
different sized ziploc bags
different types of scales
dry erase pens
We are quickly rounding the corner towards Parent/Teacher Conferences (October 19 and 27th and November 1st) We will have a Makerspace Donation Tree available at the doors for each family to choose a “needed material” leaf. When you return the leaf and the item, your name on your leaf will be proudly displayed on our Makerspace Tree of Family Donors outside the Makerspace for all to see! Please feel free to suggest materials that are safe and useful too! All kinds of materials can be repurposed for new, creative prototypes and inventions!
Here are a few things we will need:
Advanced LEGO sets
Gently Used Chemistry Sets
Electronics for Kids
Any kind of building sets that are safe for children
Hot Wheels tracks
Drones (or software)
Please see our FPE website or Mrs. Nielsen’s website for a standing list of consumable materials needed for the Makerspace.
At Frog Pond Elementary we are tremendously excited and thankful for this Makerspace opportunity! Who knows where our future tinkerers will take us! The sky’s the limit and we are not afraid to try!
YES WE CAN!!!
Thank you for all the time, talent, materials, help and interest you pay forward to the success of this Makerspace endeavor! The future belongs to our Maker Children!
Any questions? Feel free to:
Contact Mrs. Nielsen 698-296-1719 EXT. 2216
*******Thanks so much for all the help you give to our Science Lab! YOU help us to be successful!!! We are trying to furnish the new S.T.E.A.M. Studio with lots of different (safe) materials that our students can use to engineer solutions to real-world problems. Please send in any safe materials that could be used by our students (recyclables, safe construction building materials ie. pipe insulation, pipe insulation, pieces of wood, safe tools, plastic pipes, gently used chemistry sets, electronics sets, extra batteries, wire, arts and craft materials, cardboard, Lego pieces, blocks, building sets for children......there's a world of things that we can use, but the materials must be safe!
We are looking for help from electricians, plumbers, construction workers, engineers, technologists, medical workers, lab workers, communication workers, anyone working for Verizon, sprint, Comcast, etc. drone specialists or hobbyists, or any parent looking to contribute time to this endeavor!
If you have materials or time to share as a resource consultant for business and/or academics, please get in touch with Mrs. Nielsen immediately! Parent involvement REALLY makes a difference!
609-296-1719 ex 2216
STANDING SCIENCE LAB HOMEWORK:
FINISH ALL INCOMPLETE SCIENCE LAB WORK DONE IN LAB!!!!!!
(EX: ACTIVITIES, PAPER WORK, EXPERIMENT WRITE-UPS, SCIENCE READINGS OR ANYTHING THAT WAS NOT FINISHED DURING SCIENCE LAB CLASS TIME)
IN THE EVENT OF A LONGTERM EMERGENCY OR SCHOOL CLOSING LESSON PLAN WEBSITES FOR EACH GRADE IN SCIENCE CAN BE FOUND UNDER THE MAIN MENU.
Here are some great science links for kids!
National Geographic Kids