Teacher Review For Contraption Maker

Creatively Critical Contraption Maker

Mrs. W.
Special Education Instructor
Bennett Elementary, Fargo, ND
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used this product to extend a unit on simple machines and to prepare students to make their own Rube Goldberg machines.
My Take
I like how the program scaffolds the content for learners. You can start with a puzzle that is almost complete and you have a few tools to choose from to fix it. Then you can move onto puzzles that have a few parts, but need a lot of work. You also have the Maker Lab where students can create contraptions from scratch that require an immense amount of creativity and critical thinking. The tutorial videos are very beneficial because they walk you through all of the different parts of the program. These videos are a great way to differentiate for students because students can go at their own pace. Finally, I LOVE how the creators have incorporated computer programming through mods. Excellent program!!