This is 'Iolani School

This is 'Iolani School

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer School Session One: June 12-July 21

Session One of summer school ran from June 21 through July 24. Twelve "rising" 4th and 5th graders (5 boys, 7girls) came to the Lab each weekday from 12-4:30 to take part in our Design It - Make It class. During that time they introduced to and used our digital fabrication machinery, programmed with Scratch, used MakeyMakeys, learn to solder and created amazing things. At first, students were given basic design challenges, intended to allow them to use their newly acquired skills. After that, they were given the chance to "freely make" whatever they wanted. Below are some pictures of what they created.

After teaching the students the circular design process of: identifying the problem/project; researching/questioning; brain-storming ideas; planning the idea; creating and testing; improving/fixing; repeat; they were first sent to create a low-tech cardboard game.

"Robot" Boxing 

Ball Toss

Baseball Throw


Next we moved on to making paper circuits, Scratch programming and using the MakeyMakey.

As a bonus, one of our alumni, Mr. Blake, came home after graduating from Santa Clara University and helped us out in the Lab over our 6weeks. He also brought in a Hololens and showed the students what you could do with that.

Students were taught how do design and create with the laser cutter, the 3D printer and the vinyl cutter. For each machine, they were given at least one "design challenge" that they had to do, to show their understanding of them machine.



Name Stickers

3D Name Plate


Free Making Stuff

We also introduced them to arduinos and soldering. For most all of them, these were both exciting and scary things. But before you knew it, there were LEDs blinking. And no one "burned" themselves with the soldering iron.

At the end of the six weeks, we had a mini maker show, and invited the parents, relatives and friends to come into the Lab after class to see what everyone made. It was a great way to end an amazing summer of making.

Although this class is over, there is still more making this summer. Next comes M-F, 8:00-2:30 Just Girls Week, then the same thing but Just Boys Week. After that we take a break and will be back to work in mid-August for another amazing school year. Check back to see what the next 2 sessions can create.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Third Grade SEVs at Honolulu Mini Maker Faire

Some of our third grade students were on hand at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire to share one of their science projects. The Space Exploration Vehicles (SEVs) have been a part of Mrs. Warners science curriculum as part of their space unit. After researching and imagining, they planned a SEV that would either orbit or land on a planet. The students then made the SEVs out of recyclable materials and old computer parts. Once done, some students connected LEDs and batteries to their vehicles, while others wrote programs on Scratch and connected MakeyMakeys.

For the Maker Faire, we brought in a few students to demonstrate their programs and the interaction they made using the MakeyMakey.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

'Iolani School: Educating the Next Innovators with Guy Kawasaki

This video was just released. Take a look at some of the amazing things that are being done at the Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership. This same philosophy of educating innovators can be found in our Lower School FabLab/Makerspace and through various projects done in kindergarten through sixth grade classes.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Laser Cut A Box - What Piece Goes Where?

Various students across a number of grades will make a box in our Lab using the laser cutter. Once they get a plan (how big it will be, what's it going to be used for, etc.) we have them use the website

Here they put in the important info like width, depth and height of the box as well as the thickness of the material we are using (wood, cardboard, etc.)

From here, we generate a PDF of the 6 sides we need for the box we want to create.

Next, the PDF is imported to Inkscape and manipulated...we take out the text from the PDF and change all the box lines to a cutting thickness (0.001 inches) for our Epilog Laser. If students want to add graphics or cut-outs this is where they do that too.

On issue students have when designing their box is not begin sure which side belongs where. We got this idea from Dr. Inouye, our iLab leader in the Sullivan Center here at 'Iolani. In talking to Doc, he showed me what they use with the upper school students to help them know where each side goes. So back in the Lower School Lab, this is what we made.

Thanks Doc.