This summer, some other GT teachers and I got together to host some free online classes through Edmodo for our 3rd-5th graders. My class is called, “Make a Theme Park.” Each week, the students are invited to make something for a theme park that they have imagined. For the 1st week, the challenge was to build a model of a theme park ride, and the fantabulous Joey Hudy judged. You can see the post I did on the winners here. During the second week, the students created theme park mascots, and Braeden the Master of Puppetry was our judge. Here is the link to that post. For week #3, I invited Michael Medvinsky (@mwmedvinsky) to judge theme songs created by the students for their parks. You can find the winner, as well as a link to the Padlet of their submissions, here.
The final week of our “Make a Theme Park” class was judged by Sylvia Todd. For those of you who don’t know Sylvia, she is the delightful host of Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show. She also, along with Joey Hudy (our 1st week’s judge) appeared at the first White House Maker Faire this summer. And, she has a book coming out – hopefully very soon!
Sylvia’s task was to judge the games that students to made to go along with their theme parks. This project assignment was similar to the Global Cardboard Challenge in which some of my students participated last September and October. Sylvia chose “Adventure Claw” to be the winner for the week. The game, pictured at the top of this post, was described this way by its maker: “The alligator on top is the claw, and when you pull the string it moves! If you are lucky, you might even get a prize. I was able to pick up a dime.”
Some of the other entries were:
Catch Indiana Jones (sorry I don’t have a picture available as only a video was submitted) - Can you catch him? Or will he escape? You get three tries to roll the boulder and hit Indiana Jones. The first Indiana Jones you hit is the one you score points on.