Fab@School MAKER STUDIO & Donors Choose 2016

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Just this week FableVision Learning (Peter & Paul Reynolds) released its newest software for young thinkers: Fab@School MAKER STUDIO!  From the author and illustrator of The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, Going Places, Full Steam Ahead, and more comes an age appropriate design and construction platform for creating in 2D and 3D!  I’ve been waiting for this software since it was introduced at ISTE 2015!  Dr. Peggy Healy Stearns has shown great consideration for how our youngest makers learn to fabricate.  There are pre-loaded projects, instructions on making others, and a blank canvas for new projects.  The software even includes a 3D preview window for watching how the design will be constructed!

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Our S.T.E.A.M. Club recently received donations from local dealerships – Washington Auto Mall and Mike Wood Toyota – in addition to having two DonorsChoose projects funded. The iPad mini will be loaded with apps for the ozobots, ollie, animation, coding, and more!  The Silhouette Cameo works in conjunction with the Fab@School MAKER STUDIO software and will be a great addition to our S.T.E.A.M. Club.  I can’t wait for S.T.E.A.M. Club to resume in the spring!  The students will be excited to work with new technologies.

Thank you to all who donated!

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Our first S.T.E.A.M. Club meeting!

I haven’t spent much time blogging this school year and there are some things that I wanted to share with you that I haven’t yet had the time to post.  It’s because I’ve been researching, planning, and launching my Arts Education Collaborative Leadership Academy action plan.  That action plan focuses on the development and implementation of a S.T.E.A.M. Club.

At our first S.T.E.A.M. Club meeting, we studied optics.  I had set up four stations for students to rotate through: Magnification & Reflection, Light & Color, Illusions & Distortions, and Animation.  We got so caught up in the activities that we decided to only explore two stations at the meeting, leaving the other two for next week.

Light & Color

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Magnification & Reflection

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Illusions & Distortions

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Animation

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We had so much fun learning about moving images, color mixing, and lenses.  I can’t wait til next week!