The first half of the school year was very busy for the Library. So busy, in fact, that we didn’t have time to update our news posts. We’re going to rectify that right now and tell you all about the cool projects and happenings from September to December!
The Glowforge laser cutter finally arrived in the TIDES Garage and many students have had a chance to try it out.
4th Graders connected it to their study of animals (State animals for 4B and 4P; literary animal main characters for 4C), using Google Drawings to design animals out of simple shapes and then assembling and decorating the wooden cut-outs.
3rd Grade worked in small teams to create icons that combined to illustrate certain aspects of tribal life for the Ojibwe. Those icons were engraved onto puzzle pieces to show how the ideas worked together to form Ojibwe life.
Several 5th Graders used the laser cutter to manufacture pieces for their Loredo Taft-inspired pinball machines, making everything from ramps to decorative signs. (They also made a lot of use of our good old 3D printers…)
The 6th Graders of Ms. Gibba’s advisory were able to engrave their own drawings and handwriting onto custom cut wooden key chains.
In Mr. Shaker’s History class, several 7th Graders created engraved cut-outs of famous structures from photo-tracings or hand-drawn versions.
Some of the students in Ms. Marker’s French class used the laser cutter to help create objet d’art representing ideas and/or images from French culture. All in all, our Glowforge has gotten quite the workout!
But it wasn’t all laser cutting projects during the first half go the year: After a study of the 50 states, 2nd Graders used all kids of soft and hard maker materials to create monuments celebrating the lives of important women and/or people of color from across the country.
Even SK got in on the fun! After reading Press Here, each class broke into small groups to use Little Bits and colorful circles of construction paper to build their own interactive "buttons."
On their Ex-Days, SK studied hurricanes and used materials from our TIDES Garage to build and test hurricane-proof house models.
It was a very busy Fall and is going to keep buzzing right through the Winter and Spring. Check back at the end of the month to see what we've been up to or feel free to stop by and take a look with your own eyes!