We raised $150,000 to fund our new MakerSpace (AKA Shark Tank)!
A BIG THANK YOU to the MANY families that made it possible to develop the Shark Tank! During the Spring of 2017, the families of Newport Heights Elementary school joined together to raise an additional $51,000 that was matched (2:1) by an amazing supporter of our school, Mr. David Pyle!
Students now have a unique space to engage in creative learning and high-order problem-solving, by using hands-on design, construction and iteration!
Why do we need the Shark Tank?
Makerspaces Help to Prepare Students for the Future
"The turn of the 21st century has signaled a shift in the types of skillsets that have real, applicable value in a rapidly advancing world. In this landscape, creativity, design, and engineering are making their way to the forefront of educational considerations, as tools such as robotics, 3D printers, and web-based 3D modeling applications become accessible to more people. Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration" (NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K-12 Edition, p. 38).
The sky is the limit when it comes to the different types of creative options our children will have when given the opportunity to create, but here are a few of the basics to start:
- K & 1st - Phonemic Awareness and Early Writing Skills
- 2nd & 3rd - Presentation Skills and Classroom Speaking
- 4th - Report Writing through published presentations
- 5th & 6th - Classroom Blogs,wikis, and KNHT Shark News