Monday, March 27, 2017

ELITE Event: BreakoutEDU

Cartoon from School Library Journal
Mepham's MakerSpace will be hosting a BreakoutEDU on Tuesday, March 28th in Conference Room 114 **Note - This event is limited to the first 14 students that sign up**

Escape the Room – Have you been to one of the many "Escape the Room" locations that have popped up on Long Island over the last couple years? If so, you already know that they are a ton of fun! If not, then have we got a surprise for you! The Breakout EDU Kit, brings the "Escape the Room" experience right to you here at Mepham! You will have 44 minutes to “break” into the box by following clues posted or hidden in the room, sidestepping the red herrings, and working together to beat the clock.

Any questions? Please come see Ms. Stack in the library. You can sign up here

Thursday, March 23, 2017


From the makers of SMART comes SMART amp, an online collaborative learning software platform that enables students to create and collaborate on a digital canvas, anywhere, anytime. There are 3 ways it works, you can:
  1. Add a class: Add a new class or import classes from Google Classroom.
  2. Join a class: Join a class by entering the class code that your teacher provided. After your teacher finishes creating or editing the class, you can select it above.
  3. Go to workspaces: Work without connecting to a class but with access to your Google Drive and workspaces.
3 different options to use SMART amp.
From the Chrome Web Store: "A collaborative workspace where you can share and work on a variety of lesson content. SMART amp brings the whole class, groups of students or individuals together in a shared space to work on projects, add multimedia content and instant message. This is all done using student devices and while tracking contributions from each student, so educators have insight into who is contributing what.
Selection of templates to choose from. 
  • Leverages Google Apps for Education to take co-creation, collaboration and student-led learning to a whole new level. 
  • Switch from whole class, individual, small-group learning activities without wasting class time.
  • Assess and guide students, without having to interrupt learning.
  • Contribute to the workspace from anywhere, at anytime. 
  • Ideal for Chromebooks, and any other student device or interactive display.
  • Integration, including class lists, with Google Classroom.
  • Import Notebook lessons, view in full screen and interact with content.
  • Easily see the contributions made by each student during group work.
  • Take over the workspace at any time to demonstrate and describe work to students."
SMART amp workspace.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kara Thomas: The Darkest Corners

Young adult author, Kara Thomas visited Mepham High School on Tuesday, March 21st at 2:15 p.m. in the school library. She read a small section from her latest novel, The Darkest Corners, then answered questions from our students. Next, we raffled off four copies (plus one for the Mepham Library), which Ms. Thomas autographed. If you are interested in reading this novel, come check it out.
Author Kara Taylor answers questions from our students.

Raffle winners show off their books!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Author Visit: Kara Thomas

One of the most anticipated events in the school library year after year is our author visit. Kara Thomas (then using the pen name Kara Taylor) visited Mepham High School back in 2014. Read all about her first visit here. She wrote the Prep School Confidential series (St. Martin’s Press) and the pilot The Revengers for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or on the couch with her rescue cat, Felix.

She will be joining us once again on Tuesday, March 21st at 2:15 p.m. in the school library. There will be a reading from her latest novel, The Darkest Corners, a Q&A period, a book raffle and a book signing and photo op session.

This event is sponsored by the National English Honor Society and is a sanctioned ELITE event. All students are welcome to attend.

About the book 
"There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania.
Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.
But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away."

Friday, March 10, 2017

MakerSpace: 3D Printer

Afinia H400
You asked. We delivered. When we officially opened the Mepham MakerSpace in September 2015, the student's #1 request was to add a 3D printer. Well, thanks to a generous donation from the Mepham Alumni Association, we now have the Afinia H400.

Here are a few items we have printed so far to test out our new 3D printer: a book card holder, a Batman book page holder ring (Confession: I didn't even know what this was, but apparently a book ring is a tool that you use to hold your book open with one hand - genius!), and a pirate doubloon because we are the Mepham Pirates, obviously!

Printed using our Afinia H400.
 About the Afinia H400
The Afinia H400 3D printer is perfectly built with ease of use, safety, and reliability combined in its elegant design that will fit on any desktop. The printer produces dimensionally-accurate plastic parts for education, design, or engineering applications.

The printer is fully-enclosed with a built-in, recirculating HEPA 7 air filtration system that continually cleans the air in the enclosure of particulates and odors as the model is printing. The H400 also has power failure protection. If power is cut to the printer, it will remember where it left off and allow you to finish the print after power resumes.

The Afinia H400 3D printer has a large touchscreen display and built-in WiFi to allow the system to be operated either locally or remotely. The new Afinia 3D Studio software allows prints to be sent not only from PC or Mac, but also from iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The H400 platform comes factory-leveled and does not require adjustments and has auto-nozzle-height detection. The H400 has a new feature allowing for custom temperature setting of the nozzle and heated platform to allow for printing of not only ABS and PLA, but other materials requiring different temperatures.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Breakout EDU

Have you been to one of the many "Escape the Room" locations that have popped up on Long Island over the last couple years? If so, you already know that they are a ton of fun! If not, then have I got a surprise for you!
Mrs. Geller's Senior Leadership classes take on Breakout EDU.
The library recently purchased a Breakout EDU Kit, which brings the "Escape the Room" experience right to you here at Mepham! Breakout EDU is an immersive learning games platform. "Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. Games (Breakouts) teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve. K-12 Breakouts can be used to teach core academic subjects including math, science, history, language arts, and have embedded standards that apply problem solving strategies within a real world OR collaborative context."

We tested the kit out in Ms. Geller's Senior Leadership classes today. Some photos above show how the students used their skill set to solve problems. There were so many lessons learned during the course of the game and during the reflection afterward. If you want to find more information on how it works, click here.

Will you be able to escape? Look for an upcoming Breakout EDU ELITE event soon!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017