Over the course of the first week of our Maker Camp, we explored 3D printing using our Cube 2nd Generation 3D printers that were donated through MakerLab Club.
Our makers used Crafternoons to create their own original designs. The designs turned out amazing and the makers enjoyed watching their design come to life. The makers took their designs before I took pictures so I only have two pictures of the 25 designs that were printed.
Our makers selected the challenge of creating an art bot. See this video link for the project. This project required a lot of persistence for many of our makers. Several students persisted over the course of two days but the project also taught our makers the importance of asking questions and working together.
Below you can see how the final art bots vary and the troubleshooting involved with even the final design.
Last week our makers chose which areas they wanted to focus on for this week. On Monday, we focused on circuits. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we learned about stop motion animation and dived deeper into circuitry too. Stop Motion always seems to draw our students together into a very collaborative environment of creation.
Introduction of Stop Motion Animation
We used Day 4 of Week 1 Fantasy in MakerCamp to introduce the idea of animation. Next we shared some cool examples to inspire our makers.
Teams of 3 makers were formed and given a large piece of white paper to start their storyboards. The ideas immediately started to flow and the excitement in the room was a good sign of the hours to come.
Below is an example of one of the finished movies.
The Strawbees were donated by Strawbees directly to DENSI 2015 and several educators were able to take the kits home to use with their students. Our program also received some Strawbees from participating in Google Maker Camp.
I first learned about Strawbees when SP Design Lab was selected for an Instructable Build Night. It gave my students and me an opportunity to create and learn with Strawbees and Straws. Student creations were extremely clever and the activity made me realize how much I wanted to share this open ended creative product with other educators.
The perfect opportunity to share came with DENSI 2015 (Discovery Educators Network Summer Institute) which I was fortunate to be selected for. Kristy Vincent had brought the DENovator Faire to DENSI the previous year which was a big hit. I reached out to Strawbees to see if they would consider donating a kit to be used for exploration at DENovator Faire and below is the response that I received.
Can you say.... AMAZING? Erik responded the same day that I emailed him. I already loved Strawbees but knowing that the company itself is as amazing as the product was a wonderful discovery. Check out some of the creations from DENSI 2015 below.
If you haven't had the time or the opportunity to visit Maker Camp, camp has started and it is even better then last year. This year each day contains 3 short videos that introduce projects and inspire any maker to try something new. I love the format with the under 5 minute videos that I can watch when I am able.
Next week starts
WEEK 2: FUNKYTOWN, JULY 13–17 Make some instruments, then make some noise in the Maker Camp Battle of the Bands.
It is free and worth every minute. Inspire yourself... share it with someone else... find your maker!
SP Design Lab has been selected to participate in the Maker Camp program. As part of the Verona Area School District summer school program, Amy Otis and I will be leading a group of 30 summer school campers through the amazing experience of Maker Camp. I look forward to sharing what we do. Check out the amazing line-up and participate from home.