ReCreate recently launched our light play curriculum at Pershing Elementary in Orangevale and at Stoneridge Elementary in Roseville. Our students learned about reflection, refraction, and shadows as they used props, reading lamps, and donated shoe boxes to create light boxes. Their hands-on experimentation and creativity lead to some impressive creations! 

Afterwards, they used old CDs and paper to make snowflake reflectors, which they got to take home with them!

We plan on bringing our Light Play program to many more schools in the near future!

Posted
AuthorShubha Rajan Arehalli

On March 15th, 16th and 17th, ReCreate worked with 7th graders at W.T. Eich Middle School to build and test devices that harness renewable energy. Around 270 students built a water wheel, a wind turbine, or a circuit that charges phones using solar power, using easy to find, low cost materials, like PVC pipe, old CDs, and cell phone car chargers. They then tested their creations and gathered data to make conclusions about ideal blade designs for wind turbines, and the difference between artificial and natural light in generating power from solar panels.

 

 

Students also became well versed in the use of a digital multimeter. Each student had the chance to measure voltage (the "strength" of an electrical force) and current (the rate at which electrons flow through a circuit).

On the final day, students working on each project had the opportunity to present what they built and what they learned to the rest of their peers. 

Many of the students told us that they got the opportunity to use tools and materials they had never used before, including the multimeters, as well as wire strippers, alligator clips, and DC motors. Across all of the projects, students reported facing problems, and having to troubleshoot their way through them.

We're excited to continue this partnership with the 7th grade science teachers at Eich and to bring more environmental themed maker education into classrooms!

Posted
AuthorShubha Rajan Arehalli

Last Saturday, over 80 people, adults and children alike, came to Family Maker Night at our store! Those who attended got to work on a variety of projects, including stop-motion animation, music and arcade games with Makey Makey, making circuit bugs, painting with Sphero bots, and more! 


 

Ellie, Ava, Julia, Ashley, and Delaney pose with their circuit critters!

Ellie, Ava, Julia, Ashley, and Delaney pose with their circuit critters!

<

Shoutout to our friends from Maker Ed-Daniella, Sam, and Hadiyah, for driving out from Oakland to come to our event, and for taking some amazing pictures. We loved having you here!

Posted
AuthorShubha Rajan Arehalli

ReCreate spent two days last week with the 5th grader at Westlake Charter School in Natomas, helping them create sound boards and musical instruments on Thursday and arcade games on Friday. As they experimented with Makey Makeys and Scratch, the young makers had loads of fun while learning about basic programming principles, circuits and conductors, and design.
 

Our next upcoming event is our Family Maker Night. Be sure to reserve your tickets- there will be 5 different maker projects (including a Makey Makey banana piano!) as well as catering by Buca di Beppo! You can buy tickets here.

Posted
AuthorShubha Rajan Arehalli

As winter break is coming to an end and we prepare to bring our Genius Mobile and after school maker classes to even more students in the Sacramento metro area, we'd like to look back at some of the awesome making that happened as we wrapped up 2016.

Students at our Maker Monday Tech-a-palooza at Stoneridge Elementary participated in a 6 week long hands-on exploration of technology and making. They learned principles programming through Scratch, basic 3D design with TinkerCad, and made squishy circuits, light-up greeting cards, and circuit critters!

Light-up Circuit Critters made by students at Stoneridge Elementary School.

Light-up Circuit Critters made by students at Stoneridge Elementary School.

At Eich Middle School, our student makers worked in teams for the past few months on short films, over which they had complete creative control. Some students elected to make live action films, while others chose to experiment with stop motion animation. After weeks of scripting, filming, and editing, the students got to share their creations with their families at our Maker Film Festival!



Meanwhile, makers at Buljan Middle School spent their fall building interactive arcade games for our Maker Carnival. Some chose to focus on the programming aspects of game design, using Scratch to remix favorite games like Galaga and Undertale.Others focused on construction, and built an RC Car racetrack, a sphero soccer field, and a sphero maze. One team combined both approaches when they built and programmed a retro Zoltar fortune teller that was a hit among carnival attendees!

Finally, students at Cooley Middle School, participated in Maker Empowerment, where they spent their fall finding ways to use technology to make the world a better place. Our makers invented an app to help the homeless find resources, an app for senior citizens to make friends, and a smart tile that can notify someone if it senses body heat for too long. On the last day of class, our makers demonstrated their inventions and discussed the design process, including any problems they faced and how they worked through them.

 

We've had such a great time working with all of these talented young innovators and we're looking forward to another successful year of making at ReCreate!

Posted
AuthorShubha Rajan Arehalli