"It's working!" can be heard from my students when their hard work produces a working prototype. Middle school can be a tough time where some students struggle to survive.
In our Maker Lab, our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders do more than survive, they thrive!
With a STEAM curriculum that encourages individual curiosity, creativity, and personal expression, my students learn hands-on and high tech skills they can use to build their own custom creations. When students are interested in their projects, the learning becomes play. We will be hard at play in the Maker Lab this year!
The Maker Lab has a new and fantastic tool, a laser cutter. We've had success with 6th, 7th and 8th graders hand-drawing and laser cutting components for their inventions.
The laser cutter is ready to visit the science, math, language arts, and social studies classrooms.
Students will have access to this fantastic STEAM tool to create artifacts, build models, and bring stories to life. We have a cart, and we just need the raw materials of invention. Our students will build their models using the black Sharpies and cardboard. They will also laser cut felt to add color and texture to their inventions.
FYI, as students advance with their digital design skills, they will be able to design parts with accurate dimensions on their Chromebooks. These designs will then be cut on the laser cutter. Nice!
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