Maker Club at Royal Oak Middle School – STS Team Spotlight

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Royal Oak Middle School student team members standing in front of their display. L to R: Gina Loveless, MACUL Board President, 8th Graders & Maker Club members Sebastian Nolte, Connor Zavislak, Naia Peters, and Morgan Dillon
Royal Oak Middle School student team members with MACUL Board president standing in front of their display. L to R: Gina Loveless, MACUL Board president, 8th Graders & Maker Club members Sebastian Nolte, Connor Zavislak, Naia Peters, and Morgan Dillon

The 16th annual AT&T/MACUL/MVU Student Technology Showcase took place December 7, 2016 in the rotunda of the Michigan State Capitol building. The event featured nearly 40 student teams from around the state that showcased students demonstrating the use of classroom technology. This is a series to highlight the participating teams. Articles were submitted by each team.

The Royal Oak Middle School student team project featured at the 16th Annual STS at the Capitol focused on Design Thinking and STEAM initiatives through their Learning Commons and Maker Club.

8th grader Naia Peters talking to Gov. Rick Snyder during STS at the Capitol on Dec. 7, 2016
Student Naia Peters talking to Governor Rick Snyder during STS at the Capitol on Dec. 7, 2016

Student members of their Maker Club demonstrated how to use Makey Makeys, Paper Circuits, and coding with Sphero Sprk+ to promote collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

“Maker Club has offered an outlet for any interested students to practice Design Thinking and apply STEAM skills. It has also created Maker momentum between the club and the classroom, and we are now running STEAM activities with interested middle school classes,” said Royal Oak Middle School teacher Jill Hill.

For more photos from the event visit http://sts.macul.org/photos.  

Team Teacher/Mentor

Jill Hill is the Teaching and Learning Specialist in the ROMS Learning Commons at Royal Oak Middle School. For more about the Maker Club and Learning Commons visit http://romslearningcommons.weebly.com/.

School

The Royal Oak School District is a Pre-K12 school district with approximately 5,200 students attending eight schools. The District also has early childhood programs and alternative programs at the secondary level. For more about Royal Oak Middle School visit http://www.royaloakschools.org/middle-school/.