FabSLAM 3D Printing Team Wins a Tour of The Foundery

As part of their winnings from a fantastic second place finish in the FabSLAM Baltimore 2017 competition, seven of our Middle School makers had the opportunity to take a tour of The Foundery, an industrial grade fabrication studio in downtown Baltimore. Girls witnessed several different projects that were underway, including a spin bike with frictionless back…

Mobile Apps Design in the Middle School

For the last three months, seventh graders have had weekly lessons in designing and building mobile apps for Android devices.  A newly purchased class set of Android mobile phones, in combination with a generous grant of 60 site licenses of Balsamiq Mockups 3 (from the company, valued at $89 for a single user), has made…

8th Grade LEGO Robotics

In the 8th grade Computer Science elective, students are using EV3 LEGO Mindstorms to create solutions for everyday problems. The students have been presented with various challenges throughout the semester and construct robots using the LEGO Mindstorms platform to complete each task. In class, the eighth graders were first challenged to design and program a…

The Design Process with Fourth Graders

In the Creation Station, 4th graders have been working through the Design Process to solve a problem.  The problem we identified was that younger students are losing small items around the Lower School.  The challenge was to create a small case that could help students carry money or other small items to school.  Before we began,…

Learning The Design Process: ‘Operation’ Games

Many of us remember the classic ‘Operation Game’, which was originally developed by a design technology student at the University of Illinois in 1964. He later sold the design to Milton Bradley, for the tidy sum of $500 (Huffington Post, 2014).  The game has proven very popular over the years, with at least $40 million…

Pre-Firsters in the Creation Station and Art

Pre-Firsters began the year with a technology and art integrated unit, focusing on collaboration and creativity.  During each technology or art class, the girls worked in pairs with one as the student and the other as the teacher.  The teacher group learned and practiced new skills with me while the student group worked in a…

Schmaker Activity #3

As the summer draws to a close, I am proposing one last Schmaker activity. If you weren’t able to get into Schmaking this summer, don’t fret– there will be more opportunities for this sort of work throughout the year. This blog will be a hub of maker ideas, information, and inspiration, so please bookmark it…

Schmaker Activity 2 Responses

We’ve received some great responses to our second Schmaker activity focused on brainstorming. You are all stretching your brains! Thanks to everyone who has submitted lists. Keep them coming! Below are the responses I have received. Responses in bold indicate that more than one person submitted that answer. I’ll continue to add to them as I receive…

Schmaker Activity 2

I hope you’re all enjoying the start of the Schmaker program and have begun to see the world differently through design! If you haven’t yet started, click here for the first Schmaker activity about the “Maker Mind,” and if you need a little inspiration, click here to view some examples from your colleagues. We’ve also had…

Schmaker Activity 1 Responses

Here are a few responses received from the first Schmaker activity on the “Maker Mind.” If you’ve done the Parts, Purposes, Complexities exercise, please send me your sketches and notes to be posted here as well! Steve Amann took apart a flashlight: Lee Kladky examined a toilet tank: 1. Toilet handle – push down on toilet…