There is a new machine in the lab: a Centroform Vacuum Forming Machine. We believe that our main users will be the Shark Tank students, but are looking for other great applications. We had a lot of fun testing it out today!
Oculus Go has joined the list of lab materials ready for testing and check out by the teachers. Thus far, World Religion teachers have shown the most interest in using this VR tool to enhance curriculum, so we are on the hunt for great, immersive religious experiences on the web. (Comment with your favorite VR … More Oculus Go
At the end of each semester, the innovation managers (with the help of a few classes 🙂 reorganize and restock the entire lab. One job we are doing for the first time is cleaning out the 3D printer bath, also known as the SCA-1200HT. This support cleaning apparatus has worked really well for us but … More Lab Clean Up- 3D Printer Bath
We’ve gotten a lot of use out of our laser cutter on flat pieces, like Mr. Egan’s flags, the library read-a-thon medals, and various other projects- but what about cylindrical objects? I had procrastinated on my mom’s birthday present when inspiration hit- personalized Yetis! It would be the perfect gift for her newly retired days … More Laser Cutter Accessories: Cylinders!
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
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.
Coach Stout and Coach Roberts came to the lab, insisting that Heart Zones heart rate monitors, zone and training system would enhance workouts and fitness in our girls’ Physical Education program. The Steam Lab was very excited to investigate. Along with the coaches, we met with Heart Zone representatives, and were thoroughly impressed by their … More FitCat II Heart Zone Training
It’s January 17th and 17 degrees outside.. feels like 1°. Today marks the third snow day for the 2017-2018 academic year. There are a lot of online learning tools to try, and after freezing outside for the obligatory ‘Yay, it’s a snow day!!’ picture, I decided to try out Autodesk Fusion 360. Many of … More Learning 3D Modeling Basics, Autodesk Fusion 360
At Westminster, we have 45 minute “Advisor’s Choice” sessions with homeroom groups (about 8-10 students each) a few times a month, and like every school, we also sometimes have wonky schedules. If you’re looking for something different, consider checking out Steam Lab equipment for the class period! Mrs. Weininger used her extra class yesterday to … More Quick Steam Lessons for Advisor’s Choice
Our Steam Lab has always had safety rules and first aid kits, but this semester the Steam Team faculty committed to taking a careful look at our procedures and improving safety protocols. This August, Clarkson Hall (the middle school building) got our own nurses’ station and nursing team, lead by Mrs. McCauley. This installation has … More First Aid Training for STEAM Faculty