Squishy Circuits with Grade 1 Students

Posted by: on Feb 14, 2017 | No Comments

Is school allowed to be this fun?

Matierial: Play Doh + one Kiva block (a small wooden rectangle that serves as an insulator) + LED lights + 9V battery + wires

Process:

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Grade 8 Design Elective – Laser Cutting Project

Posted by: on Jan 10, 2017 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

Directive: design a piece that could be given to a loved one during the holidays. Students were allowed to look at websites like Instructables for inspiration, but if they chose to download a template they had to modify the design in a significant way.

View the results:

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog

Maker Integration: Grade 4 Aviation

Posted by: on Dec 21, 2016 | No Comments

Following Grade 4’s Stem the Gender Gap field trip to NASA, we launched the Wind Tube project. In groups of 6, students built a wind tube using wood, plastic, tape, and a fan. Next challenge = build and test flying structures!

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Laser Cutting Felt with a Full Spectrum Laser

Posted by: on Dec 6, 2016 | No Comments

I teamed up with the Middle School Art Teacher for a unit that explored patterns and shape with 6th Grade students. We used Illustrator to create our patterns and then we laser cut our creations using felt.

Cut settings for the Full Spectrum Laser: Speed 100%, Power 10%.

The results were beautiful!

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K-2 Parent Education – What does Making have to do with Social Emotional Learning?

Posted by: on Dec 4, 2016 | No Comments

Partnered with the Lower School Counselor, we discussed typical aspects of childhood development for Kindergarteners through Grade 2. We outlined how we merged our Social Emotional Learning curriculum (Toolbox) with the Digital Citizenship curriculum (Common Sense Media), as well as how we use technology and making at Hamlin to support both curriculum goals and social/emotional development. To highlight this last piece, I surprised the parents by giving them a design directive:

Your team: the parents sitting at your table (3-4 people)
Your challenge: In teams, using the materials provided, create the biggest free-standing structure you can in 25 minutes.

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This directive was taken directly from my art therapy training. It’s designed to highlight group dynamics, i.e.: the way the group works together, while including engineering/making. The results were great! Because the parents groups were random (who they happened to be sitting next to during the presentation), many team members had not met each other prior to the challenge. Parents definitely had a lot of fun, and we processed the various interpersonal issues that emerged. By the end of the presentation parents experientially understood how our technology and social emotional programs are intentionally developed and the power of creating as a group.

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Halloween Maker/Design Challenge

Posted by: on Nov 21, 2016 | No Comments

By beck@hamlin.org

The students in the Grade 8 Design Elective were given the following directive: In teams of two, create a Halloween sculpture that interacts with the world.

Materials used: Hummingird Duo (arduino, motors, and sensors), cardboard, tape, paint, air drying clay, vinyl, tulle, leaves, paper cups, hot glue

Here are some of the results:

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Source:: Liz Beck – Hamlin Ed Tech Blog