Preparing My Educational Arcade Game!

To build my Rhyme-A-Dime game, I gathered materials that one can easily get access to. I started of with a low open box and covered it with computer paper to write the name of the game on it. I tried to make this game as colorful and exciting as possible. I had two chocolate containers that had 9 slots each, so I stapled both containers together to create an 18 coin slot game. Underneath each slot I taped a colorful circle which I cut out of index cards and then wrote a word on each circle. I chose words for 3rd grade level since I plan on becoming an elementary school teacher. I placed the slot part on the inside of the box near the side. I created the ramp out of styrofoam, then placed it with a slant inside the box so the word dimes can land inside the slots. Around the slot container I taped the sides to the box so the dimes won’t fall underneath the ramp. Since there are 18 coin slots, I labeled 18 dimes with words on a tape I could write on. I paired 18 rhyming words that need to be matched correctly by slidingor rolling the dime into the correct slot. The name Rhyme-A-Dime suits this game perfectly, so since I made its name rhyme which is the concept of the game, I decided to use actual dimes. After connecting the ramp to the container, I got creative and came up with the idea of adding lanes to the ramp with halves of index cards for a cleaner aim to the correct slot. While building this arcade game I realized how much fun I was having and how many ideas were coming to mind to make the game even better. Fun building process!

*Thoughts Come to Life*

Noah and Jacob’s creation

Growing interest in bringing the ideals of maker culture into education would help students grasp better understanding of the concept or lesson that is being taught to them. It would be beneficial for lots of reasons, students can learn on how to put their thoughts together and accomplish exactly what they are thinking of and or about. Creativity plays a major role, as where it gets one to think and use their knowledge and past experiences to develop they something they wish to create.

“Maker culture represents the desire of individuals to return to a lifestyle that includes a person making their own life tools and understanding how the machines that we depend on operate.”

The imagine above shows two brothers- Noah and Jacob playing with their water gun. On the side, we are able to see their cardboard made house. The two boys are very imaginative and are always looking to create something. Tina Budnits, their mother calls this idea – “Tinkering.” When Noah and Jacob work on their creation, they use everything but direction.

My name is Uzma Qasim. I am an undergrad student here at York College- CUNY pursuing my dream of becoming a teacher. I am majoring in Childhood Education w/ Psychology. I’ve wanted to become a teacher my whole life. At the age of five, my interest in teaching began. I always wanted to teach my peers how to draw, read and do math. As i matured, my passion for teaching became a lot stronger. I began working with children of all ages, teaching them how to be able to read and write became appealing to me because children’s are very impressionable, interested in learning and receptive to new concepts. I enjoy tutoring students and helping them build confidence in ability to achieve, both academically and socially.

I can imagine using these ideals in my K12 classroom to get my students excited about learning. Getting their imagination to actually come out to life would not only help them understand but also feel comfortable in having to express themselves.

“Remember everything that’s been created came from someone’s imagination.”

 

Maker movement fused with education

Hello everyone my name is Meir Galed and my major is Health Education (K-12).

Education as we know it is on the rise and is being fused with technology. It is starting from elementary levels and it is amazing how children are learning and using new ideas and coming up with new concepts. The ideas and concepts of creating something other than just sitting in a class in rows and facing the teacher with a bored face and showing no interest. One of these new concepts is technology and how children are incorporating technology with their education. Below is an image of people creating new things at the Maker Faire and they are in the young makers program and the faire shows many of their inventions.

Maker Faire Africa 2010 – Nairobi By Maker Faire Africa

 
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