TRURO, N.S. – Students at Truro Junior High have discovered schematic diagrams and stitching machines can be a lot of fun.
Several students, from grades 6-9, have been meeting for Makertech club, designing and building a variety of items.
“I like that if I have an idea I can make something,” said Natalie MacKinnon. “I learned to use saws and that was pretty fun.”
Natalie was one of the students working on a ‘Simon Says’-type game recently. To do this she had to read a schematic diagram, hook up wires and work on a laptop.
Other students were making buttons and programming a stitching machine, and many of them had already designed and built tea-light holders, dream catchers and three-dimensional paper items, and worked on website design.
“This space is intended for design and problem solving, and that’s what the students do here when they take technology education class,” said Kilah Hayden, Youth Pathways consultant with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. “However, like many courses that involve experiential learning, they don’t get enough of it, so I helped the school create a club for students to explore design problem solving.
“The purpose of the club is to get students excited about creating things and being innovative and entrepreneurial in their thinking. We meet here once a week and it’s open to whoever shows up.”
She tries to bring at least one new idea or skill each week, and allows students to choose what projects they want to work on.