The FabMaker STEM Crew

Digital Design & Fabrication After School for Elementary  School & Public Library Program

 

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The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning & Creativity is excited to announce that, with support from The Dassault Systèmes U.S. Foundation, we are ready to develop and rollout the FabMaker Crew afterschool program in Dedham, MA.

This program will bring the power of digital 3D design and fabrication to elementary school students in OST settings. The four elementary schools in Dedham are invited to participate in this pilot development program. Those who join the initiative will receive a free, annual school license to the FabMaker Studio digital fabrication software, hardware (digital cutters), cutting mattes, and supporting materials.  

After participating students master STEM and 4C skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity,) they will be encouraged to introduce FabMaker to fellow students and teachers in other grades/classes. These student-led teams will also cross the traditional classroom divide to reach out to the community at large by offering open workshops at the Dedham Public Library.

Through project-based, integrated STEM challenges, students learn the engineering design process and support the development of important inquiry skills, conceptual thinking, and a deeper understanding of math skills aligned to relevant Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.   

Goals: 

  • Increase the integration of STEM activities into core content areas

  • Bring more meaningful STEM education to students

  • Introduce and expand awareness of STEM career paths at the elementary level

Benefit: 

  • A site license for FabMaker Studio web-based, digital fabrication software program - compatible with Mac, Windows, iPad, Chromebooks, and other mobile devices – through June 2021. Note: Fab@School Maker Studio works with both desktop and tablets (however PC/MAC desktop/laptops are needed to send projects to the digital cutters)

  • Digital fabrication hardware (1 Silhouette Portrait - digital fabricator) and materials

  • Curriculum for OST program

  • One on-site, centrally-located PD workshop providing an overview of the software tools, as well as support for curriculum integration

  • Signed, personalized copy of Going Places STEM storybook for each site’s library

  • Reduced rate for ongoing annual renewals of the FabMaker Studio software license after initial pilot

Criteria: 

  • Two educators in the same school willing to collaborate on STEM-based learning activities

  • Sign-off from school leadership and instructional technology leadership

  • Site must be a Dedham Elementary School  

  • Join monthly check-ins with the Reynolds Center team (web conferences and/or email)

  • Schools must participate in a teacher and student research surveys during the program

  • Offer feedback on curriculum for further development

  • Provide a 200-word case study of how FabMaker Studio was used, and its impact on STEM teaching/learning, as well as photos of teachers and/or students using FabMaker Studio, with appropriate permission for use in funding reports and blog post/social media

For more information on the FabMaker Crew program please email Andrea Calvin at andrea@reynoldstlc.org