Mobile Apps Design in the Middle School

For the last three months, seventh graders have had weekly lessons in designing and building mobile apps for Android devices.  A newly purchased class set of Android mobile phones, in combination with a generous grant of 60 site licenses of Balsamiq Mockups 3 (from the company, valued at $89 for a single user), has made…

8th Grade LEGO Robotics

In the 8th grade Computer Science elective, students are using EV3 LEGO Mindstorms to create solutions for everyday problems. The students have been presented with various challenges throughout the semester and construct robots using the LEGO Mindstorms platform to complete each task. In class, the eighth graders were first challenged to design and program a…

Learning The Design Process: ‘Operation’ Games

Many of us remember the classic ‘Operation Game’, which was originally developed by a design technology student at the University of Illinois in 1964. He later sold the design to Milton Bradley, for the tidy sum of $500 (Huffington Post, 2014).  The game has proven very popular over the years, with at least $40 million…