For example, one group's theme is the Civil War. For this group we have a map of the battlefield at Gettysburg. We're going to build small circuits with 1 LED for each of the different troops on the map. We'll have students build the troops and when the troops are completed and all of the different blocks are placed, the LED will light up (either red or blue depending on which side the troop is on!)
We'll have a table for hands on work (cutting, coloring, taping, connecting the LED's), and a table for the actual grid for the students to go up to and place their circuits to see if they work. The last part of our activities will be the Digital Lab, where students will work with Mozilla Thimble and Popcorn and document what they've done. We've made some templates for the kids to write about what they've learned and what they love to make.
We're so excited to be able to bring our projects to the students and see what they think. We'll post after the events with our thoughts and reflections about how they went, what we learned and what we would change.