Fab@School Maker Studio In the Classroom
In Fab@School Maker Studio student create range of projects from simple to sophisticated 2D designs, pop-ups, 3D geometric constructions, and working machines.
Boyden Elementary School
Walpole Public School District, Walpole, MA - First Grade
Karen Wolff at the Boyden Elementary School in Walpole, MA is using Fab@School Maker Studio with her first-grade class. Students are experimenting with shapes and learning to construct 3D solids.
Ms. Wolff’s class initially wanted to build a snow village but instead they built a snow fort, by gluing magnets in white cubes to make them stick. Ms. Wolff also used the program to teach her students about the anatomy of bees by diagramming the bee life cycle and creating 2D visuals. For the 100th day of school, her students practiced counting by 10s when they fabricated 100 3D buildings. They then sorted the buildings in groups of 10s. The students gained valuable experiences in architecture and mathematics. Read more about Karen Wolff’s class on her blog, The Wolff Den.
Yuma School District One
Yuma, Arizona - Third-Sixth Grade
FableVision Learning's Creativity Curriculum & Evaluation Specialist Dr. Denine Jimmerson worked with students in Arizona’s Yuma School District One. Using Fab@School Maker Studio, a group of third through sixth graders became architects for the day. They were challenged to build a scale model of their ideal 21st century classroom. The group started by measuring their actual classroom and then worked together to develop a scale model of their proposed plan. The students had a blast while learning math in an engaging, real-world context. Learn more about Yuma School District One.
Goodnoe Elementary School
Council Rock School District, Newtown, PA - Fifth-Sixth Grade
Maryann Molishus is a huge advocate for experiential learning and understands the importance of STEM in the classroom. As a fifth-grade teacher at Goodnoe Elementary School in Newtown, PA, she has used Fab@School Maker Studio to teach math and engineering concepts.
In her fifth-grade class, students, working in small groups, are challenged into collaborating and creating interesting sculptures that includes a cone, cube, two rectangular prisms, a cylinder, a square pyramid, and one other solid shape. Each sculpture had to have a total volume of 60-250 cubic inches. This challenge, along with Fab@School Maker Studio, engaged students to learn how to calculate volume, and how to design various shapes.
The after-school STEM Club, she moderates, is using Fab@School Maker Studio to learn new skills such as computer programming and digital fabrication. In the school’s STEM Special program, students are using Fab@School Maker Studio to work on their own independent digital projects, some of which involve electronics and cardboard. Learn more about Ms. Molishus.
“Project-based learning (with Fab@School Maker Studio) is a great way to learn as it allows students to become fully invested in their work, so much so that they forget they are even doing ‘school work.’ I can honestly say that the students are actively and happily engaged in mathematical conversations at a fifth grade level and more!” -- Maryann Molishus
CU Science Discovery
University of Colorado
CU Science Discovery is an educational outreach program orchestrated by the University of Colorado. The programs are designed to engage students in the scientific process, while also connecting them to the science and technology that are present in their everyday lives.
Stacey Forsyth, Ph.D Director of CU Science Discovery, worked with creative young engineers over a winter break to design pop-up cards in Fab@School Maker Studio. The students explored the fundamentals of engineering and the basics concept of circuits as they crafted their projects. Learn more about Dr. Forsyth's Fab project.