First, we went over some of the finer points of using Inkscape, mainly how to "trace" an image to be cut out. Each students had to make or find a picture they wanted to cut-out. Then, using Inkscape, they traced it and sent it to the cutter.
Next, we had some free making time at different times, giving the students a chance to make things they wanted.
After that came a design challenge. In groups of two, the kids had to imagine, plan and create a Scratch game that would "teach" kindergarten/first grade students something. It could be math, language, science or anything else they wanted. When everyone was finished and had tested their games out on their classmates, we headed over to the kindergarten and first grade classes to see how the games did with our target audience. We asked the younger ones to give the older ones some feedback on the game they played so that we could make improvements. Back to the Lab we went, made some changes and the next day, visited some other classes to see what they thought of the games we made. What was cool, is that a few of these classes, they were making carnival games out of recycled material and invited us back the next week to play their games.
Our last week started out with visits to kindergarten and first grade classes so that we could play the carnival games they designed and created. The big kids had a blast and the little ones loved having us there.
The rest of the week was spent getting ready for our Open House/Mini-Mini MakerFaire. Our students were putting the finishing touches to their final projects so they could be on display Wednesday night.
One of those projects was to finish the lamps we laser cut earlier in the summer. We first "wired" them with copper tape, but now it was time to turn it up a notch. We introduced soldering. Because of time, the Lab created and machined a circuit board that would house a battery holder and a switch. The students were taught "Soldering 101", put the board together and connected it to their lamp.
Two groups used glue to slow down their marble
What now? Summer school is not over...our next session will be similar to this one, but it will be from 8-2:30, for a whole week and just for girls. The following week, will be the same but just for boys. Check back to see what this next group of makers will create.