Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The following are some of the final projects made by our sixth graders as part of their study of the ancient Egyptian culture. These were made using digital fabrication software and tools: Inkscape and the Epilog Laser Cutter; Tinkercad and Printrbot 3D Printers.
Laser Cut Shields,
Eyes of Horus (laser and 3D printed)
Set of scales and a had (3D printed)
Friday, September 15, 2017
This year we have two after-school making classes. On Tuesday there are 10 students in our Circuit class and on Thursday we have 12 students in the Making class.
In the circuit class students will learn to make electric circuits, from simple ones (using copper tape) to fabric ones (using conductible thread) to soldered circuit board (which they will design and mill). We'll also introduce them to the arduino board and programing. These first few sessions we introduce them and get them familiar with basic circuits and making.
Simple Circuit with LEDs, coin cell batteries and copper tape
Making circuit with Lectify components
Make Magazine project - Fold Up a Jumping Origami Frog with LED Eyes
In the Making class, students are introduced to the design process and are shown how create both low and high tech. They will make things with cardboard, as well as learn to use the laser cutter, 3D printer, vinyl cutter and Scratch programing. The first 3 weeks involved low tech making.
Design and build an iPad holder from Legos
Create a game using cardboard and tape (a two week build)
We'll check back every few weeks to see what things they are doing as the semester goes on.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Early in the first quarter, our 6th graders begin to study Ancient Egypt in their social studies class. They are given the assignment to research an artifact and recreate it. Then they have to make a presentation to the class. For this project, they can make the artifact at home or school. At school they have the option of the Art room or our Lab. This year over 60 students made projects using our laser cutter and more than 10 made theirs on the 3D printers. With about 150 sixth graders, that's about half that took advantage of using digital fabrication.
Below are some pictures of the students working in the Lab. Once the students present to their classes, the artifacts will be displayed in the Library. We'll post more picture at that time.