On March 21-22, a team of Seitz Middle School STEM eighth-graders, taught by Amy Farkas, and joined by a duo of Audrey Hunter’s STEM sixthgraders, had the opportunity to attend and participate in the Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference at Cobo Center in Detroit.
Educators from districts all over the state and beyond attended one of the premier educational technology conferences in the country.
Ms. Farkas proposed the idea to the organizers of the MACUL MakerSpace that her students run the different tool and experience tables, instead of adult volunteers. This would give educators a better perspective of what their students are capable of.
She spoke up about Riverview STEM students’ skill and mastery with MakerSpace tools and projects, and the coordinators invited Seitz students to help work the MakerSpace stations, as well as hosting four tables of their own – exhibiting Neuroscience, VR/AR world creation, Bloxels Video Game Creation tool, and MakeyMakey boards. Students also manned tables and taught about three different types of robots, engineering challenges, cardboard creation tools, Strawbees, and Keva Plank building tools and more. You may be wondering, what did they get out of this?
That’s simple – pride. They take such pride in their knowledge and work that they do in STEM. There was not a better way for them to showcase their knowledge than by teaching other educators how to use these tools and projects with their own students.
The MACUL conference volunteers had an amazing experience and Riverview students received many compliments on their performance. Ms. Farkas and Ms. Hunter are incredibly proud of these students and all that they accomplished in educating hundreds of educators about STEM!
The eighth-graders who participated, Jenna Cole, Melissa Dama, Jacob Datema, Connor Felice, Dylan Gergely, Madelyn Hachenski, Sabella Justice, Matteo Kornijenko, Emily Nedrow, Lily Paschke, Marissa Powley, Logan Taro and Madison Wharfield.
The sixth graders who participated were, Julia Gergely and Sierra Sanchez.