This is 'Iolani School

This is 'Iolani School

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Kindergarten Explored Fabrics and Created Buttons

In their science class, our kindergarten students were learning about fabric and all the things you can do with it. They discovered how it is dyed and woven. They worked on using needles and thread to sew beads and buttons. Towards the end of their unit, the students had questions about buttons, so they made their own out of paper.

To finish up this unit, we brought them to the Lab and showed them how buttons can be mass produced. We went through the engineering design process and decided to make two different shape buttons out of wood...squares and circles. We used the laser cutter to cut out a sheet of buttons.

We also wanted them to see the 3D printer at work, so we created a button and printed it on out.

We talked about what a prototype is and how it helps us practice before we make our final product. Each student was given a cardboard buttons (our prototype) and wooden buttons (our final product).

They took the buttons back to their class, practiced creating a design for their button on the prototype, and then make the final product on the wooden button.

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