Have you ever stopped to think about what our planet will look like 100 years from now? How have our cities changed over the last 100 years? These are questions that a few students from Mrs. Bleich’s and Mr. Mackey’s Future Cities classes are trying to tackle. The Westminster Middle School is competing in this year’s … More Future Cities
Hola! Dia de los Muertes has come to the STEAM Lab! This tradition is celebrated all over the world, but especially in Mexico, where it is a public holiday celebrated 10/31-11/2. It dates back to the indigenous people of Mexico, however the holiday is celebrated throughout the world, including Westminster! Traditions connected with the holiday … More Dia de los Muertos!
Our Robotics had their first competition on Saturday, and guess who successfully placed first?!?! That’s right! Our very own Wiredcats! A picture (and videos) are worth a thousand words! Check out this awesome collection of video and pictures of our team competing! Also, we have some final products from the tape art from Mrs. Baker’s … More Champions!
This week, the lab was occupied with two different sets of classes working on projects. Mrs. Weininger’s Shark Tank economics class was building the first set of prototypes for their projects. The students have a wide variety of projects including improved sports equipment, self-closing containers, toilet seat lights, water filters, pot stirrers, and other exciting … More Prototyping
As students begin to develop their Science Fair projects, we have begun Arduino training during Office Hours in the STEAM Lab. Many students will be using Arduino components of programming for their science fair experiments, and we have purchased Sparkfun Inventor Kits to help students learn how to program. Our training last week was on … More Arduino Training
The Maker Faire was a HUGE success! Our Brush Bots were so popular that we ended up running out of materials at the end of both Saturday and Sunday. By the end of Day 1, we had gone through 300 brushbot kits! We had makers of all ages who loved making their own brushbot. We … More Maker Faire
The tool training for Kelly Weininger’s Shark Tank went great. The students’ comfort level with the tools now was readily apparent when, on the following day, they were busy making things rather than at a standstill asking questions about a tool. Also by having them get familiar with the tools, I think their minds were … More Training & Treehouses
Our STEAM Lab is constantly undergoing improvements, and this week is no exception! We were able to set up a Band Saw and a Hazmat cabinet. These tools will definitely help us to expand our creation capabilities. Mr. Mackay’s advertising class made stamps this week using the laser cutter. The students made their design in … More New Improvements
Week Two of prototyping for the Bristle Bot went extremely well. We have our final design. The smaller motor and battery worked really well to balance the little robot! It mostly travels in circles, but it is definitely unique and exciting. We are going to use these batteries and motors for the event. Planning can … More Bristle Bots Round 2!
Westminster will be going to the Maker Faire in Decatur on Saturday October 1, 2016. The Maker Faire is a gathering of inquisitive people who who love learning and sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show all types … More Bristle Bots!