It's that time of year again, when sneaky little leprechauns try to steal gold! The scholars at Blair worked in collaborative groups as they used the design thinking process to create a leprechaun trap that would lure the leprechaun in with a golden temptation, and then trap the leprechaun so the he cannot escape with the gold! Check out some of the designs below!
What makes a lightbulb turn on or off? How does a switch on a flashlight work? Scholars explored these concepts as they used copper tape, LED lightbulbs, a coin cell battery and a paper clip to create a working miniature flashlight with a switch. Check out of some of the photos from this project below!
4th and 5th grade scholars designed musical instruments in the Makerspace this week as an extension of their learning in music class! Their design needed to include elements from a particular family of instruments, and the finished design had to be capable of making sound. See some of their creative instrument designs below!
Our scholar tech team used our screen printing kit in the Makerspace to create Blair Pawsitive shirts for our weekly PBIS winners to wear!
'Tis the season for toys! The Blair Scholars used existing toys as an inspiration to design a similar, working toy out of materials from the Makerspace. Check out the introductory video for the challenge, as well as some of their finished designs below!
We kicked off our school year in the Makerspace and our new 3D printer with a project tied to our school's theme of "Self & Cultural Identity" with the "I Am Me...In 3D!" project. Students went through the phases of the design thinking process to brainstorm ways to describe themselves, then turned those ideas into visual images, connected their ideas into a single symbol, drew their symbols on paper, and then used the Makerbot Printshop app to take a photo of our drawing and send it to our 3D printer to be printed in 3D! Check out some of the creations below!
This week's challenge is to build a tower using only plastic cups and foam, that is at least 12 inches tall and will support the weight of a teddy bear for 30 seconds! This is a group challenge. If groups are successful, their next step is to see how tall they can make their tower and still support the teddy bear. See the intro videos and some of the successful tower pictures below!
The K/1 and 4/5 classrooms collaborated to use the design thinking process as they designed inventions that would improve or help someone at school or home. After their inventions were complete, the classes wrote sales pitches and pitched their invention to a panel of judges, Shark-Tank style! See some of the awesome inventions below!
This week's challenge is to construct a completed electrical circuit using copper tape, a coin cell battery and an LED light. Then, create something that will light up with your completed circuit. Watch the intro video below and see some of the finished product pictures!
Thank you WEF!
The Blair Makerspace was made possible through funding received through a grant received from the Waukesha Education Foundation. Thank you to this amazing group for awarding Blair with the funding to create this amazing space!
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