Something new has come to Van Meter that has brought so much joy to our young builders.
They are called KEVA Planks and I can't tell you how awesome the excitement has been around these incredible wooden planks.Two weeks ago at the NJASL, New Jersey Association of School Libraries, Conference in Long Branch, New Jersey, I had the honor of meeting Dr. Ken Scheel and his lovely wife, who were there demonstrating and exhibiting his invention, KEVA Planks.
to using the Brain Builders and...
You can check out all of the KEVA products here.
I loved meeting them, because one of the first things that caught my eyes at the conference was this giant tower built from KEVA planks. In fact, Ken built it on site!
Here are a few interesting facts about what makes KEVA planks so unique from their site.....Every piece is the same. KEVA planks are about 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long.
You build structures by simply stacking the planks. No glue, no connectors. They can be stacked upright which looks like it would be unstable as a house of cards, but even this type of structure is surprisingly stable.
Children discover the joy of creating original works of art or cleverly designed contraptions. Creativity brings joy into the lives of humans which is why the arts are so important. At the same time, future architects and engineers are discovering their aptitude for building at an early age. Young KEVA builders today will be building our world in a few years.
After talking with Ken and seeing the KEVA Planks for myself, I couldn't wait to bring these to our school and to all of the students at Van Meter.
Then last Monday a BIG surprise arrived at our school. It was from our friends at KEVA Planks and we couldn't wait to start building!2018 Gingerbread STEM Community and Makerspace Global Project and...
Laura Murray's wonderful Gingerbread Man stories.
Capstone's PebbleGo, creating passports and using...
DoInk storytelling app.
Our 3rd and 5th graders are creating video games using Bloxels with a gingerbread and holiday theme.
We took this activity and instead of real graham crackers and frosting, we used the KEVA planks instead.Being one of dozens of schools around the world participating in the 2018 Gingerbread STEM Communities Global Project, we could even share these KEVA creations on social media and our blog using #GingerbreadSTEM. Our students would love this!
...put them on each one of the tables where the four groups would meet.
When they finished brainstorming, each group got to work at four different stations filled with KEVA planks around the library.
We loved watching them bring their ideas and gingerbread houses to life. Everyone was unique.
....excitement to share what they had imagined,
Not only did these accomplishments mean the world to each group,
they meant the world to each student too!
They knew their creations and stories would also be shared on the global hashtag #GingerbreadSTEM with others around the world, so this made them even more motivated to create and share something awesome and unique.
We saw imaginations grow and come to life with the KEVA planks. We can't wait to see what they will bring to our library, classrooms and community all year long!
Thank you again Ken and everyone at KEVA! You have created something very special for our learners and communities. We can't wait to connect and have you meet our builders soon.
You can read all about KEVA Planks and find out more information about using them in libraries and education here.