I had this idea recently. On the days I’m in the Cattaraugus Little Valley School District I would start a club. The club would be called the Breakfast Inventors Club. The club’s goal would be to help students learn by playing, experimenting and programing, while having fun before school starts.
This morning, at 7:30 am, May 30th, 2012, I brought a box of Legos and a project I was working on. I believe that if you build it they will come. I also believe that if you build and what you work on is cool enough, students will come because of curiosity and help you build. It worked this morning. Basically all I did was sort Lego pieces into gallon bags. One student came over and asked me what I was working on. He was so interested that he started programming in MicroWorlds. Also, I gave him a copy of the software so that he could download it to his computer and work on it. We are both in the process of thinking up projects. I want to make a car that follows black electrical tape using a light sensor. I’m not sure what the student will come up with. I will keep you posted.