Every day, the Labrary is filled with the frenetic (some would say chaotic!) energy of self-directed learning and discovery as students throw themselves feet-first into discovering something new. This is not a place of passivity. And while it’s amazing to watch how fearlessly they tackle the unknown, my favorite part of the whole thing is how it’s organically become a center of spontaneous collaboration. Whether it’s recess, Labrary class, or study hall, students are naturally and seamlessly supporting each others’ learning. Questions are directed not at me, but at each other. And, boy, do they have questions! Free from the expectations of what they “should” know, students are empowered to voice their questions without feeling judged.
In a recent post, I described how I built a retro video game console using Raspberry Pi, Emulation Station, RetroPie, some components from Adafruit, and a 3D printer. When all was said and done, I realized that my 3D printed box was not tall enough to accommodate the underside of the joystick and the Raspberry Pi. So I went back to my TinkerCAD file and increased the height and, while I was at it, I also added a third button!
Our school creates a weekly Headlines video that showcases some of the cool stuff our faculty and students are doing on a regular basis. This week, the focus is on our middle school Labrary space.
If you’re interested in getting a glimpse into what we are doing, check out this short video 🙂
I’d been wanting to build an old-school video game console for quite a while but had never blocked out the time to do so. But with winter break fast approaching, I recently ordered all of the components and, with two weeks to spare, finally got down to brass tacks.