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
Students in Mrs. Mares’ classes wrote their own stories to practice their French writing skills. To also incorporate speaking skills, she thought that stop motion animation would be a fun way to elevate their stories, but as most know, stop motion is a very time consuming adventure, so she came to the steam team for … More Hue Animation, the New Software in Town
Patterns are found everywhere: in nature, in structure, and especially in a well crafted designs! This week, 7th Grade Math came into the Innovation Lab to test their pattern making skills! While some chose to make light displays, others made patterns in cupcake decoration designs, and even elephant’s toothpaste recipes! Here are a few of the … More Math Patterns Project
A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law made me this tumbler with my name and school logo on it. How did she make those amazing stickers? The Cricut machine! After testing out one, we ordered 2 more! I had my 7th grade science students use the Cricut Air to make lettering, stencils, and cut-outs for their … More Crazy for Cricut!