Walnut Grove Elementary School

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Technology in the Library

Walnut Grove students have access to cutting edge technology in the library. There are 6 desktop computers, 10 iPad minis, a cart of 30 Chromebooks, a Makerbot Replicator 2 (3D printer), Makey Makeys, LittleBits, LEGO Robotics, Spheros, Beebots, 3Doodler Pens, Raspberry Pi, arduino, and more. Click on the images below for more information about how these tools can be used.
Hour of Code
All students participate in a 2-week Hour of Code event in the month of December. Students can choose to pursue coding activities during free time in the library throughout the year.

Robotic balls that students can program to solve problems and understand math.


Students have used Sphero to explore geometry, model and estimate mean, median, and average, ratios, and more.


Sphero Education provides curriculum and apps that we use to learn basic programming and participate in challenges. Students also use the Tickle app for Sphero.

Makey Makey

Makey Makey is one of our students' favorite ways to interact with technology.  This powerful little circuit board can turn any conductive material into a controller for digital projects. Several of our Makey Makey boards also have an Arduino component on the back, which we are still exploring how to use.


Students have created musical instruments out of cardboard, aluminum foil, and Play-Doh.  They have also created games like the classic Operation-style game, whack-a-mole, and Pacman.  All with their own twist!


Magnetic circuits that easily snap together to bring projects to life.


Students have created flashlights, doorbells, motion sensor greeters, and more with littleBits!


We have CodeBits and CloudBits, too! 


LEGO WeDo kits come with instructions for building and programming several models. Once you learn how they work, you can build and program whatever you can imagine! 


Students have used LEGO WeDos to create animated alligators, playgrounds, bands, and more.


The library has LEGO WeDo and LEGO WeDO 2.0 kits.


LEGO Mindstorms
The library has two LEGO EV3 kits and one LEGO NXT kit. Students use these kits in small group Maker projects.  One ambitious pair of Makers created a floor sweeper that changes courses when it senses a wall or other obstacle in its path.  


The video highlights uses by older students, but WGS students are fully capable of using this resource with CAD software to prototype and design objects.


Students have created book holders for the library, pencil cups & hall passes for their teachers, and math manipulatives for kindergarten. They use Tinkercad and Autodesk Fusion 360.

Clickteam Fusion

Clickteam Fusion is a menu based video game creation tool that can be used to make sophisticated games for PCs, the Web, and iPads.


Students use the tutorial to create a classic break-out style game and learn the basics. Then, they are ready to create their own game.





Scratch is a block based video game creation tool that can be used to make games for the Web.


Students have used Scratch to create games for their Makey Makey projects and animated greeting cards at Christmas.





The 3Doodler is a pen that can draw in 3 dimensions.


Students have used the 3Doodler for art projects and to create prototypes for the 3D printer. They can also use it as a finishing tool for 3D projects from the Makerbot Replicator.




Osmo uses reflective intelligence to let you interact with the iPad off the screen.


Students use the Words, Tangram, Newton, and Masterpiece apps during free time in the library.

A microcontroller for making electronic projects.
We are still exploring the best way to use this product with small groups.
Parrot MiniDrone Cargobot
Students will use the drone and the Tickle app to program the drone to fly a specific pattern. We are planning a bridge repair project where some students will be working on bridge design, some on programming the drone to deliver materials to the job site, and others to develop a Touchcast of the entire episode.
The drone has a camera that we may try to incorporate, too. It's a great little machine and we won it as part of an Hour of Code contest. I wish the battery life was a little longer. 
Video Creation
Students use a variety of tools to make videos. One of our favorites is Touchcast for all the power and integration. Plus, it's free so we can use it on all our iPads. We also like the Doink app for greenscreen effects with other objects.

BeeBot Communities

All students love the Beebots, but they are ideal for introducing younger students to basic coding principles. K-2 students design communities and obstacles. Then, they write directional algorithms to program the Beebot to navigate to a specific spot in the community, or travel through the obstacle course. These small, but mighty tech tools were the inspiration for all the coding and Makerspace projects that followed in the library.
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