Today marks my 6th month in the Steam Lab! I’ve learned SO0O0ooo much in the short amount of time that I’ve been an employee of the lab. On some days, you feel like Disney’s poor Cinderella, toiling away with ruined paint brushes that will never clean and spilled glue… Will the children ever learn to … More Cinderella is the STEAM Queen..
The Westminster Steam Lab brought a mini-version of our Lab to the National Association of Independent School Conference in Atlanta March 8-9, 2018. The X-Carve, robotics pit, and Jennifer Baker’s hover boards stole the show and won over the crowd. We also featured Arduinos, Hummingbirds, our sewing cart, art cart, and electronics cart … More NAIS 2018: Westminster MakerSpace
This project is every steam lab managers’ dream come true! An interdisciplinary, 6th and 7th grade project, transforming old pallets into different South American countries’ flags! History teacher, Mr. Egan, and Spanish Teacher, Mrs. Taylor, put 6th and 7th graders into small groups, assigned each group a country, taught them how to use the equipment, … More Transforming Pallets into Flags
Students in Ms. Blodgett’s 6th grade art classes have spent several week creating stop-motion animation videos using our Hue Animation cameras and software. Ms. Blodgett asked the students to focus on a coming of age storyline and character development in addition to the craftsmanship, staging, and lighting of the production. Here are some photos of … More Stop Motion Animation
In the Tool Shop we’ve added a great, new machine called X-Carve. Check out this video to find out more about it! Our upper school intern, Katherine Hennessy, has been testing out different carving setting. Here she is carving a stamp for the steam lab.
It’s the year of the dog, and the whole school is celebrating Chinese New Year! To make it even more special, students in Ms. Zhu’s classes took 2 weeks to build a dragon for the Chinese New Year Middle School Assembly in addition to hosting Chinese exchange students! First, Mrs. Zhu came to the Lab with … More Making a Chinese New Year Dragon
Make your content come to life with scale models! All 6th Grade English classes are coming to the Lab to build scale models or meaningful symbols from the novel The Outsiders. We introduced the project using this SlideShow. After teaching scale modeling, we encouraged the use of the band saw, drill press, sanders, 3D printer, … More Scale Models & The Outsiders
Mrs. Mares has been taking full advantage of the Steam Lab Cooking Cart. Over the course of 6 weeks, French classes take one class period a week (usually Thursdays for those wanting to partake) to try a traditional French recipe. Oui oui!! Nom nom!! We have electric cooktops, oven, blenders, cutlery, … More French Cuisine
6 Westminster teams won GOLD at the Atlanta Regional Science Fair and will continue onto the state competition at the University of Georgia March 22-24. Nithya Guthikonda – Discovering the Effect of Additives on ProbioticsDara Watkins and Katherine Johnson – Piezoelectric Vibration Creation Stephen Shin and Aran Sonnad-Joshi – Cyclometer Will Jenkins – Robotic Tennis … More WildCats Achieve Gold at Atlanta Regional Science Fair
Gifs are short video clips that repeat on an endless loop. For the first time this semester, students making presentations in my 7th grade science class used gifs to demonstrate content. For example, here is a gif of a hinge joint in the elbow. Instead of using a static photo, a gif beautifully shows the … More Making Gifs