This is 'Iolani School

This is 'Iolani School

Friday, October 13, 2017

What's Else Has Been Going On In The Lab?

Lots of stuff goes on in the Lab everyday. Recently, we had a number of new projects/assignments created. Here are a few:

We are open at recess everyday for our 2nd through 6th grade students to come in and "make" stuff. Since the beginning of school, this new group of 2nd graders have had a big interest in making things. One group consists of about 8 girls who want to draw pictures, put them on wood with the laser cutter and then color them. So over the course of a couple of recess sessions, we walk them step by step through process.

They always sign in

Everyone smiles at the laser cutter

Fresh off the machine

Finished creations

In religion class, our 6th graders making props skits they have to put on. They made use of all the digital fabrication options including the 3D printers, laser cutter and the vinyl cutter.

The first grade teachers asked if we could do a lesson on light and reflection to put some STEM into their language arts unit. First we talked about different properties of light and how it interacts with other materials. Then they were off with flashlights, to look at reflection, refraction, absorption, as well as if the material was opaque, translucent or transparent. Next they were given mirrors and attribute blocks and asked to "play" around. It was amazing the concepts that were reinforced and discovered.

First grade also has made use of the Lab space to work with half a class at a time on a classroom making extension activity. Part of their curriculum deals with balances. Students experiment in there classroom for a few days. The teachers then bring them to the Lab and have them create a balanced mobile out of various materials.

Our two after-school classes, Circuits and Making have continued to be very creative.  The making kids have been learning how to use both the laser cutter and the 3D printer. We use Inkscape to design in 2D and Tinkercad for 3D design. With the circuit class, we have continued to look at different types of kinds of circuits and how you can use them. Making MakeyMakey game controllers was a big hit as was creating with Little Bits.

At 'Iolani, students can enter the lower school at either kindergarten or 6th grade. Another thing we have done this year is offer mini-lessons to all our new 6th grade students. The classroom teachers sign up for a Lab session and these students for a "crash course" in laser cutting because this is the technology that most of these kids haven't used but will be using for various projects this year. So in a 90min period, we take these small groups (10-11 students) through the basics of Inkscape and get them to make a name tag.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sixth Grade Egyptian Artifacts On Display

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

AfterSchool Classes - Making & Circuits: The First Three Sessions

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)

The "finished" games

We'll check back every few weeks to see what things they are doing as the semester goes on.