On September 20th, students from Kristen Orsini’s Language classes and Jennifer Timmis’ Pre-Algebra classes attended the Chihuly exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned artist whose glass installations are found around the world in historic cities, museums, and gardens. Visiting the exhibit was the culminating experience of a STEAM project whose … More Chihuly in the STEAM
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!
We are back at it and running at full STEAM here at The Westminster Schools. This year we again have lots of exciting activities occurring in the STEAM Innovation Lab. Robotics was able to meet throughout the summer to work on projects, therefore we already have robots in progress. The kids have lots of great … More Full STEAM Ahead!
This week, Jennifer Baker and her 6th grade art classes continued to tackle design thinking. In short, Design Thinking is the problem solving practice of empathizing, defining a problem, ideating, prototyping and testing solutions, all in rapid succession so that groups ‘fail fast’ in order to get to the best solution as quickly as possible. … More Teaching Design Thinking
We’re Back and had a busy week last week. The Econ/Shark Tank class utilized the collaborative space this week as the students got the feet wet on understanding the Design Thinking Process. We got the LASER CUTTER UP AND RUNNING!! We were able to cut the Westminster logo into cardboard, chipboard and, plexi-glass. On Wednesday, … More Great Start to the New Year!!!
At the end of the semester, there are a few topics that have yet to be addressed – Safety: While we have a draft version of rules posted, how we administer safety in the lab has been on an ‘as-needed’ basis. While that will be the case with specialty equipment, there still needs to be … More Fall Grabbag
This week, two classes and one event occurred in the lab. Ms. McMillan’s drama class came into the lab to work on making a Christmas shadow play. Students were experimenting about how shapes in front of a light would be transformed and manipulated as shadows on a wall in the Ogelsby Room. If all goes as … More Drama, Sewing, and Science Fair