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3/13/2017 4:00:00 AM
See what's cool in our schools
The Times photo by Betsy ReasonAndy Buna (left) and George Brechbill, who were members of the Noblesville West Middle School Technomancers Robotics Club, display their work at the 2015 Miller Shift Learning Showcase at Noblesville High School. The third annual Learning Showcase is Thursday.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason

Andy Buna (left) and George Brechbill, who were members of the Noblesville West Middle School Technomancers Robotics Club, display their work at the 2015 Miller Shift Learning Showcase at Noblesville High School. The third annual Learning Showcase is Thursday.

By Betsy Reason

If you've been wondering what your kids are learning at Noblesville Schools, I encourage you to attend the Miller Shift Learning '17 Showcase.

The third annual free family event - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Noblesville High School - showcases all of the cool activities that students from all grades are doing.

Attendees experience first-hand amazing accomplishments of students as well as teachers across the district, showing collaborative, real-world learning accomplishments through more than 70 interactive displays from all grade levels.

Displays include aeronautics, business, computer coding, cooking, engineering, innovations, manufacturing, media, photography, robotics, and more.

My advice: Be sure to allow plenty of time to see everything. I recommend arriving when it starts and staying until it ends because there is so much to do and see.

Noblesville East Middle School students need input on choosing one of three designs for a new memorial., They also play Caribbean Steel Drums and explore heart and healthy computer apps.

Noblesville West Middle School students show iMovies and live demonstrations of working with different media. Students extend their thinking beyond science in unique experiments.

Middle school students show off their robots used for competitions and show STEM-related concepts through hands-on projects.

There is something from every elementary.

Hazel Dell Elementary students show coding projects and Sphero robotics, inviting guests to test out a student-created app or Sphero-driving skills. They do math lessons using traditional and digital tools. They inquire and explore passion for knowledge. Kindergartners create iMovies and PicCollages using amazing creativity in math.

Hinkle Creek Elementary students create public service announcements. They write and publish a magazine. They show how to leave a legacy of kindness. And their kindergartners show how they learn about nonfiction and animals through literacy, writing, inquiry and fun.

Noble Crossing Elementary kindergarteners are paired with fifth-graders to show their understanding of coding. Students integrate STEM activities with literacy.

North Elementary students create newsletters using S'more and show flexible seating options.

Promise Road Elementary first-graders turned lawyers prove and defend a fairy tale character's innocence with evidence. Fifth-graders do technology demonstrations that enhance classroom experience. Second-graders create a weather unit. Other students create their own learning adventure.

Stony Creek Elementary students create video testimonial and use the iPad for endless play.

White River Elementary students create an "Eagle Eye" tourism video of Noblesville. First- and second-grade robotics teams do hands-on programing and coding with robots. Students combine coding with literacy.

Plus, there are tons of activities happening at the high school.

NHS interns discuss their work experiences. Engineering students show projects, from design and research to testing prototypes. Aerospace engineering students demonstrate robots, wind power and flying high. Ceramic students do "Extreme Wheel Throwing" to create an "Extreme" pot.

NHS students use their Spanish language skills to solve a Breakout EDU immersive learning games puzzle. Environmental science students discuss findings from a long-term lab investigation using eco columns to study environmental systems.

Theater students do mini performances. Recording students show a 20-minute recording presentation to those who sign up. Journalism students create stories online, in print and via broadcast.

Art students encourage creative thinking through play and reflection. Students demonstrate printing techniques. They show manufacturing projects created with laser cutters. They demonstrate labs and tools used in biomedical sciences.

Innovative teachers will be honored at a 5:30 p.m. awards ceremony.

So what can you do with an idea? Find out at the Miller Shift Learning '17 Showcase.

Also, go online to Noblesville Schools' Vimeo page to watch a student-made video at https://vimeo.com/noblesvilleschools.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com

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