Makers from Oak Grove Elementary will be on hand to showcase some of their inventions and the materials they used to create them. They will have different types of robots and "bots" available for other kids to make and try out too!
Tina Coffey has been a public school teacher for twenty years, the last twelve as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher. She holds her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech and her Bachelors from Emory & Henry College. She works with teachers at three schools in Roanoke County, helping them learn to use and integrate technology into their classrooms through inservices, small group training, and co-teaching. She is passionate about STEM activities, Project Based Learning, Makerspaces, and other technology and hands-on methods to engage students, make learning relevant, promote global literacy, and foster 21st Century skills. She presents at various local, state, and regional conferences and was recognized as the Level Up Village US Teacher of the Year in 2017. She also teaches technology and teacher recertification classes at Virginia Western Community College. She loves traveling, schnauzers, reading, hiking, camping, geocaching, backpacking, gadgets, yoga, having fun, and staying connected.
Michael and Fuller are Makerspace Mentors, and have been working in the Oak Grove Makerspace for the last three years. Michael's brother, Matthew, is teaming up with them, and the three boys are working on a VR experience using CoSpaces.
Hayden is a Makerspace Mentor and has been working in the Oak Grove Makerspace for the past three years. He has created gloves using Circuit Playground Express boards. He has coded them using Make Code to do different things depending on how he holds his hands.
Jack is working on a wand video game using Scratch and Makey Makey. He hopes to have a physical wand that can create spells on a screen.
Camila, Charlotte, and Grace have been working on a robot that will write!
Cohen has programmed a synchronized dancing robot troupe using Dash Robots.