Thursday, September 18, 2014

What's Happening in MakersLab

Here we go again! Our middle school boys are building our second aquaponics system using an IBC (industrial bulk container). Here we're using a reciprocating saw to cut apart the metal frame of which the top will be our plant container and the bottom will hold tilapia. We encourage students to get their hands dirty with hands-on learning. We show them how to safely operate the Maker Space tools like the sawzall they are using above. Our goal is to help these students learn to think more creatively through the engineering design process. We encourage risk taking and failure that can help lead to success. 

In fact, this is the second year for our experiment. Last year we "failed" often with our aquaponics. But we revised and tried again. And again. And again. We learned a tremendous amount last year and are refining our design and methods to improve production this year. Keep watching for updates! 

Question: How many middle school girls does it take to carry a 4x8 sheet of plywood down the hall quietly?

Answer: It's impossible. It can't be done!!!!!!

These girls are working in the MakersLab to construct a scale model of the neighboring town of Richfield, Wis., including buildings, hills, landmarks and a model railroad system.  Keep watching for updates.

P.S. They did get it down the hall, but it wasn't pretty!!!

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