MS Students Get Inventive with Invention Project

MS Students Get Inventive with Invention Project
Posted on 04/07/2021

Makerspace – just the name is inspiring. Seventh graders at Hicksville Middle Schoolwere recently immersed in a social studies project-based learning unit, “Invention Project,” using the school’s Makerspace. Remote students also participated, using materials supplied by the school and logging into their class where they could see the teacher and share their progress. Students in Ms. Lauren Kranz’s, Ms. Kristy Burke’s, Mr. Joseph Hartig’s, and Mr. Glen Alexander’s social studies classes, along with the support of middle school librarian, Ms. Claudia Lasurdo, participated in the project.

To view the results of the students’ efforts, please drop by the Hicksville Public Library during regular library hours from May 15 th through June 25 th . The students’ models of the inventions will be on display in the main showcase. “Students researched an important invention and created a Google slideshow about the impact of the invention on America,” stated social studies supervisor Dr. Rose Borda. “The activity culminated with the students creating a 3D replica of the invention using various materials such as Legos, K’nex, cardboard, paper, and modeling clay.”

“Doing the ‘Invention Project’ despite the circumstances of this school year has been a really wonderful experience,” commented teacher Lauren Kranz. “The students were really eager for the chance to do something different, to break away from their computer screens, and to work with their hands.” Teacher Glen Alexander also found the students were enthusiastic about the project. “Many of the remote students were really excited to create a replica with stuff from around the house. And many did come to school to pick up model clay packets to use. In addition, we found two computer programs, TinkerCad and Sketchup, that allowed the students at home to make 3D drawings of the replica invention models.” 

Congratulations to Hicksville Middle School’s seventh graders for completing such a challenging project! And don’t forget to visit Hicksville Public Library to catch the display starting on May 15 th .

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 Students in Mr. Alexander’s (center) social studies class worked to create a 3D replica of their selected invention. Joining the class was Assistant Principal Benjamin Tangney (left) and librarian Claudia Lasurdo.

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 Pictured here is a remote student holding up his 3D replica for review by Mr. Alexander.

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 This student is using one of the maker space’s 3D pens to add lines of typing to her model of an early typewriter.

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 This student chose the Wright brothers’ flyer as his invention, creating this 3D replica.