Hughes Road Elementary



21st Century Learners 


Mon, 06 Jul 2020
The summer holidays are a great time to get outdoors and try some science experiments and investigations. I ve chosen some of my favourite summer science experiments to keep the kids busy all summer l...Read more...
Sun, 05 Jul 2020
I ve been posting summer science ideas for years, but this summer I have something a little special. Welcome to my Pick and Mix Summer Science Camp! The idea is to print off the front cover, then the ...Read more...
Thu, 02 Jul 2020
We ve had a Makey Makey for years now and never really moved beyond the banana piano ( which is very cool) so I thought lockdown would be a great time to try something a little more adventurous. Our g...Read more...

A great big Gatormaker

“THANK YOU” to the

Dickinson Education Foundation

for awarding our Gatorspace a $5,000 grant!

We can’t wait to purchase more innovative products for our space!

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 is open to all 3rd and 4th graders!

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

7:55-8:25 a.m.

Gatorspace is a Makerspace!
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A Makerspace is a place for students to learn, explore, design, create, plan, and construct. These learning environments are designed to prepare 21st Century learners with the skills that future careers will demand.  To learn more about Makerspace, please visit this website:
Our Gatorspace consists of a Legos station, a Coding with Scratch Jr. station, a Straw Building station, a Take Apart Technology station, an Origami station, a Programming with Dash station, and a Duct Tape Creations station.
Gatormakers begin the day by thinking critically and problem-solving. They work on self-selected projects and leave Gatorspace with a love of learning!




Engineering Design Process

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Look at some of our 4th Grade Gatormakers in action!

Look at how much our students are enjoying

our new resources from our grant!  

  • Discovering conductors of electricity in Makey-Makey!

  • Bananas for Makey-Makey!

  • Creating video games with Bloxels!

  • Legos never go out of style!

  • Spheros and Dash...Robots galore!

  • Squishy Circuits are a 4th Grade favorite!

  • Learning about open and closed circuits with Snap Circuits!

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  • Building with Keva Planks!

  • Experimenting with force and motion with the Keva Planks!

Gatorspace Blog & Vlog

Where Gatormakers share projects, products,

how-tos, and more!

Welcome to our Gatorspace Blog and Vlog!  Some of our students like to share what they make, so we’ve created a digital space for them. We hope you find their posts informative and enjoyable!

To view more from our blog, click here:

Gatorspace Blog & Vlog 



You must login to view our Flipgrids!  You may share maker videos here and post POSITIVE :o) comments for your peers!

Help support Gatorspace by encouraging your 3rd and 4th grade students to arrive early and join us!

We are currently collecting used electronics for our "Take Apart Technology" station.  We accept old computers, phones, keyboards, printers, recorders, radios, etc. 

Please contact Mrs. Brown or Mr. Hopkins to make arrangements!

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Mrs. Bowen

Mrs. Brown

Mr. Hopkins


Academic Coach





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“Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything.”

-A.J. Juliani, author and leading educator in the area of innovation, design thinking, and inquiry-based learning

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