We are wrapping up our 4th Annual 4th Grade Maker Challenge, and it has been unlike any other! The 2020 Maker Challenge was completely virtual! For this year's Maker Challenge, students designed an invention that improves the lives of the people in Bloomington during a pandemic. This included drawings, models, and prototypes. Students also made creative stop motion videos to showcase their invention. Fourth graders learned about simple machines, famous inventors, the history of innovation in Bloomington, and more in the months of November and December. Students created innovations that improved the lives of the people in Bloomington in one of three ways: Health and Safety, Entertainment, and Community Building. In addition to these three categories, finalists were also chosen for the best use of stop motion.
We partnered with The Mill, a coworking space for innovators and entrepreneurs in Bloomington. The Mill provided a volunteer to partner with each school. That volunteer met with fourth graders virtually three times covering innovation, brainstorming, and entrepreneurship. They also helped with school judging.
The Maker Challenge Virtual Showcase can be accessed here.