Testimonials from Ms. Beth’s Coding Club

Today in Coding Club, I loved doing stations. I enjoyed playing the Osmo App games. They were really, really fun. I even created a new game and it was so fun. – Messiah

I loved Osmo because it was super fun and cool. I enjoyed the Roofbot app because it was challenging. I wonder if we can play Osmo more often because I loved it. – Camille

I loved the Star Wars Project [at code.org] and it made me happy. I learned to play the Roofbot app and it makes me feel excited to play it next time, too. – Amaiyah

Making a Gumball Machine

Using a sheet of cardstock, a takeout box, popsicle sticks, 2 skewers, 3 washers, Dixie cups, and a small glass bowl, the girls made their very own gumball machines in Techbridge. This activity was listed as a “favorite” of many of the girls.  They loved using the tools – rulers, scissors, tape, X-acto knives, glue guns, and snips to put all of the pieces together and create a machine that actually works.

Check out our Girls Inc. of Omaha facebook page to see an album of photos from this activity.

Girls Design Rube Goldberg Fish Feeders in Tech Bridge

From Wikipedia:  A Rube Goldberg machine, device, or apparatus is a deliberately over-engineered or overdone machine that performs a very simple task in a very complex fashion, usually including a chain reaction. The expression is named after American cartoonist and inventor Rube Goldberg (1883-1970).

The girls designed elaborate, comical machines using pulleys, levers, dropping marbles, planes, inclines, fulcrums – you name it and they used it!

Build IT

As part of the STEM program Build IT, the girls are creating message boards and blog accounts where they are able to chat live  with each other. During this session they learned how to develop a clear theme for a blog, making it easy to navigate and including at least four images and four links to external sources.


Lego League Robotics Team

The Girls Inc. team participated in the regional competition last Saturday where they presented their research, were evaluated on their teamwork, and put their robot through pre-programmed missions.  Ryleigh tells you what they learned and how they feel about their experience: http://bit.ly/gdaLO1  No trophy this year but the girls were champions of learning and taking risks.  Bravo team!

Here you can see some video clips of their preparation.

Hunter assists Sienna with a mission:  http://bit.ly/hIZiNy

The girls run a successful mission as the clock runs down… http://bit.ly/fGURnh  (Love the fact that the little girls are lining up for dinner and observing the older girls in action – maybe becoming inspired to join the team in a few years!)

Here Hunter, a seasoned veteran on the Girls Inc. team, helps Layla, one of the younger team members with a mission.  Love the leadership legacy!  http://bit.ly/hzoohJ

Layla gets “The Syringe” mission right! http://bit.ly/gkZ3Yo