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…

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…