Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Week One in the SHS Design Lab

Welcome to the SHS Design Lab blog. Check back regularly for updates on projects and developments pertaining to the new STEAM program. While we wait for the Design Lab to be completed, we are beginning the program in a re-purposed physics lab. We believe that it is important to start the program while the space is being built, giving current students a chance to grow the mindset and skills needed to be successful as they go off to college and careers. That said, the physics lab is smaller and the tools are limited, so projects will be adapted to fit those constraints. When we have the new state-of-the-art lab, students will be able to build their ideas to a higher resolution and projects can be physically larger.

 Week one was hectic but great. Students in Introduction to Design and Fabrication completed the Marshmallow Challenge. Students in Introduction to Engineering created a machine to fling a cotton ball as far as possible. Students were engaged, collaborating with their teams and working within constraints. For both challenges, there is a kit supplied to students and they can only use those materials to create and there is no "right" way to do it. Click here to see a short video of class in progress.

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