Friday, January 13, 2017

Empathy Exercises Created by Students for Students

In our Design and Fabrication class, students from City 2.0 became the teachers. City students wanted to create authentic hands-on experiences for other students that would foster empathy. Working with an SHS student who has rheumatoid arthritis, they created several empathy experiences that would simulate some of the symptoms of the disease. There were three different stations for students, who put on devices that limited their movement and then performed everyday tasks like picking something up off the floor of the room. Students then had the opportunity to interview the student with arthritis to ask more specific questions about her experiences. They brainstormed potential solutions to some of the problems she faces in her everyday life.

Watch some of the videos on You Tube:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Engineering and Arduinos

Intro to Engineering has been exploring Arduinos and learning about electrical engineering through this process. Students are programming the microcontrollers so they can eventually build digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world. Along the way, they are learning about circuits and electricity.

Life Hacks-Design and Fabrication

This week in Design and Fabrication, students showcased their Life Hack creations. Students interviewed their partners and discovered the "annoying problems" in each others' lives and chose one to solve. They worked through the Design Thinking process, creating problem statements, rough prototypes, testing them and then producing their final object. The products they created ranged from cell phone cases to paper and work area organizers. Some products required 3D modelling and printing, while others involved laser cutting and hand woodworking tools. You can see some of  the products in the photos below.