03.06.17

Ruckus Constructus 2017

Yumi Nakanishi
Technology Integrator for the Middle Grades Program, Upper Division, Avenues: The World School

On Sunday, February 26, Avenues held its first Ruckus Constructus, a school-wide family STEAM event created by Avenues faculty, parents and students. The turnout was overwhelming, with more than 1,200 people from the community in attendance and the building came to life with almost 50 hands-on sessions.

Students playing games with Osmo Coding.

Students playing games with Osmo Coding.

Programming Dash & Dot robots.

Programming Dash & Dot robots.

Nearly the entire campus was filled with a wide range of workshops, activities and demonstrations. Starting on the third floor, there were science and art explorations for ELC students and the Ruckus Restaurant run by the fourth grade students. The seventh floor classrooms were abuzz with creative computing workshops. For the youngest students, there were classrooms dedicated to robot explorations with opportunities to use Dash & Dot, Ozobot, Sphero and Cubelet, all different types of robots that require users to program in order to move them. For Lower Division students, there were many sessions focused on coding: Intro to Scratch, MinecraftEdu, Hopscotch, Lego Mindstorms, Osmo Coding, Making Music with MakeyMakey, LittleBits, video game creations with Tinybop and Doodlematic. For Upper Division students, there were sessions on building and programming a computer from scratch, programming in Swift, Unity and JavaScript languages, and electronic music sessions with DJs. Upper Division students also had the opportunity to showcase their projects and innovations.

Learning to program a Sphero robotic ball.

Learning to program a Sphero robotic ball.

Playing with Cubelets.

Playing with Cubelets.

The ninth floor was dedicated to augmented and virtual reality activities including Oculus Rift, Microsoft HoloLens, Google Tilt Brush and Membit. The fitness room was available for Fitness Academy with workshops utilizing video analysis software to improve workouts as well as a Peloton bike and electric fencing demonstrations. On the tenth floor, the gym was open for Avenues Flight. Sessions included an Aviator Drone Photobooth, Lego drones with Flybrix, balloon and bottle rockets and the Aviator airplane challenge.

Electric fencing in the fitness room.

Electric fencing in the fitness room.

Many of the Lower Division sessions focused on coding.

Many of the Lower Division sessions focused on coding.

Creating objects with the 3-D printer.

Creating objects with the 3-D printer.

Not only did the students have fun, but it was also exciting to see parents engaging and participating alongside their child in all the activities. Parents were as eager and as curious as their child to learn. Ruckus Constructus was a true community event where students, parents, faculty and administrators all came together to celebrate innovation and creativity. To learn more about the sessions, visit the Ruckus Constructus site or download the app, Ruckus Innovate.

Parents and students build something with LittleBits.

Parents and students build something with LittleBits.

Lastly, a huge thank you to all who donated time, labor and sponsorships to support the event and to ensure that it would be a successful day. The morning after the event, one child summed it up by telling his teacher that he wished Ruckus could be held every day!