'Iolani, a private K-12 school in Honolulu, Hawaii has made a commitment to S.T.E.M. education at all levels. In the Spring of 2014, 'Iolani began to create something special in their Lower School (grades K-6).
This blog follows the process of creating a Lower School STEMLab/FabLab/Makerspace and how it's being used by students and staff.
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 http://boxdesigner.connectionlab.org/
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.