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Jun 03

iPad Stands and Document Cameras – Student Made!

In Lisa Brown’s 5th grade math class students have been busy measuring, drilling, hammering, and building!

We gave her students a challenge to build a stand for the iPads that could act as a document camera stand for teachers. Teachers can purchase document cameras online for around $100, and we knew we could find a way to build a cheaper model that teachers could use in conjunction with their iPads.

First, students were given a design challenge packet that detailed the project requirements. Then students had to draw four different models with their group, and pick their favorite model. Students had to give us an exact list of materials (with dimensions included). Students used materials from our children’s engineering lab to build prototypes from recycled materials. One group even created a digital prototype using Minecraft! Students were then provided with the materials on their list, and began to build! Mrs. Brown taught the students how to safely hammer nails, drill holes in wood and PVC, and how to use liquid nails (the teachers took care of any sawing).

The class came up with three very different models. We evaluated the models for cost effectiveness and replication feasibility. We found we could build all models for under $12, and we selected the model that would be the easiest to replicate for other teachers.

Our next step will be to ask teachers if they would like our class to build a document camera stand for their classroom!

This project combined children’s engineering, STEM minded activities, 21st century skills, and real world products!