<![CDATA[Home of the SciSamurai - Maker Lab Blog]]>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:38:46 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Spagetti Towers, Paper Circuits & Pepper Pianos...."Oh My"]]>Thu, 25 May 2017 17:34:36 GMThttp://scisamurai.com/maker-lab-blog/spagetti-towers-paper-circuits-pepper-pianosoh-my
Our final weeks we tinkered with Paper Circuits, Lil bits, Makey Makey and finished off with a spagetti marshmallow tower challenge.   Students used the Makey Makeys to create pianos from bell peppers and play guitar hero with a controller/guitar made from cardboard and coins.  Makey Makey can turn any conductive substance into a external keyboard!  Its been a fun and fast quarter, we all wished we had more time in this class.  I will miss these kiddos as they head off to summer and then HS.  
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<![CDATA[Video: A glimpse into the Maker Lab]]>Tue, 16 May 2017 16:37:38 GMThttp://scisamurai.com/maker-lab-blog/video-a-glimpse-into-the-maker-lab
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<![CDATA[Maker Mentors]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 18:08:10 GMThttp://scisamurai.com/maker-lab-blog/maker-mentors
This year I was honored to have our first three Maker Mentors in the Lab.  I was so grateful for these professionals sharing their crafts with students.  It made all the difference for those kids and the success of their projects to have one-on-one time with someone who knows what they are doing.  As one student said "I learn better from people than tutorials."  Elliot Anderson, Jennifer Carr and Steve Fink all donated time to teach our local SWMS students.  Thank from everyone at Seward Middle School. 
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<![CDATA[Upcycling/Repurposing Projects]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 17:48:11 GMThttp://scisamurai.com/maker-lab-blog/upcyclingrepurposing-projects
Students really got into our upcycling and repurposing project this year.  They worked in partners or solo to take an item that was either discarded or no longer in use, then give it a new purpose or aesthetic.   There were so many creative and fun projects produced!  Students rescued an abandoned bike from the woods and used it for two projects.  We scrounged old books and turned them in decorative elements.  Kids found stuff in their yards, closets and even school grounds.  Hopefully this helped them see the worth in materials that we throw away or discard in lives, maybe inspire them to repurpose other items in the future. 
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<![CDATA[Cardboard Challenge 2017]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 17:39:06 GMThttp://scisamurai.com/maker-lab-blog/cardboard-challenge-2017
One of our first projects was the Cardboard Challenge!  This is an international program where people are given a certain amount of time and materials to create something out of cardboard. It was inspired by one little boy's creation, Caines Arcade, highly recommend watching the short film. It's fun and creative, but a gentle introduction in designing and building in groups.  We had a lot of fun.  Student's were asked to build something they could "Play".  
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<![CDATA[Maker Lab Opens Spring 2017]]>Mon, 15 May 2017 16:52:11 GMThttp://scisamurai.com/maker-lab-blog/maker-lab-opens-spring-2017
4th quarter this year I was thrilled to open the SWMS Maker lab and teach the first Maker Lab exploratory.  This has been a dream of mine for the past two years and it's exciting to see it realized.  We started the class with basic engineering and team work challenges, then moved on to cardboard challenges.  The kids were incredibly engaged, and fun to be around.  This course will help them develop and discover the ability to problem solve, innovate, collaborate, tinker and design.  I'm thrilled to be their guide as we explore engineering, computer science, textiles, woodworking, small engines, crafts, and electronics to name a few. 
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