This semester I am teaching all the 1st graders using two units from Engineering is Elementary (a program the Science Museum of Boston) and I am assisting the 4th grade science teacher during their science time. I am also running the FabLab and working with the other classroom teachers and students on any projects that need use of the Lab. Next semester, I will be teaching the kindergarteners two EiE units and have the rest of the time to work with all the classroom teachers and students in the Lab.
Now, more about the 'Iolani Lower School FabLab...
We are still a work in progress...but we've come a long way in a month. Thanks to all those who have supported this program...from the faculty at the Sullivan Center (if you haven't checked out this place, go to http://www.iolani.org/sullivan-center), to the office staff in the Lower School. I want to especially thank our administrators, Dr. Timothy Cottrell, Head of School, Dr. Karen Neitzel, Assoc. Head of School/Dean of Studies, Larry Kahn, Chief Information Officer, Linda Look, Interim Dean of Lower School, and Zachary Linnert, assistant Dean of Lower School for all their support and encouragement. I am very honored to be working at 'Iolani and be part of this program.
Here's a look around the Lab:
All this wouldn't have been possible without the tireless effort of Blake Tsuzaki. Blake is an 'alumni who went from Kindergarten through 12th grade at 'Iolani and now is a sophomore at Santa Clara University. This young man was in the lab every day, setting up, programing, debugging, testing, etc. I am extremely grateful to him for his commitment to 'Iolani School and for all he has done this summer to get Lower School FabLab up and running.