In February, San Fernando Middle School introduced its first ever 3D printing design project – fueled and facilitated by Maker VISTA members Lyna Abal and Carey Habiger. Although students had previously used the 3D printers before, this was the first time they had ever designed their own 3D-printed-object by hand. With the help of the online program, Tinkercad, SFMS students created keychains with their name or a slogan on them (to demonstrate understanding of the process), and then were free to design and print anything they wanted. The trial and error process these students went through when designing their objects, and the incredible amount of ingenuity and creativity they all put into their projects, was a privilege to observe. This kind of independent making spirit coupled with STEM technology is exactly the kind of creating the Maker VISTA team at SFMS wanted to see!
Q: Who was a new or unexpected maker in your space/environment this month?
A: The parents of SFMS students were unexpected makers this month! Maker VISTAs Lyna and Carey worked with the SFMS parent center to run a T-shirt making project for the PTO and guidance counselors. Parents learned how to use a Cricut to design and print out heat transfer vinyl and apply them to shirts. The Maker VISTAs are hopeful that getting parents involved in making will foster a healthy learning and maker focused environment at home.
*Editor’s Note: As of mid-February 2018, Maker VISTA member Lyna Abal has become Maker VISTA Site Supervisor Lyna Abal! Lyna is the new Community School Coordinator at San Fernando Middle School, and the team at Maker Ed could not be more proud of her accomplishments. Go, Lyna, go!