For the past few weeks, students in Digital Arts have been exploring the theme of “repurposing.” They are taking old products, such as computers, cordless phones, jeans, and shirts, and giving them new life. Some students are focusing on textiles, creating bags, totes, pencil cases, and stuffed animals. Other students are taking a more industrial route and disassembling electronics to see what they can create.
The girls are gaining an understanding of what it takes to make the products we use every day. They are learning that a computer is really hard to disassemble! And they are discovering how useful a zipper from an old jacket can be.
To help make their new textile products more interesting, students are using our vinyl cutter and heat press to create custom prints. They start by designing a vinyl cutout using one color. Later, they challenge themselves to create vinyl prints using multiple colors, all cut separately and carefully placed together in the heat press to create a multi-color design.
The Riveter Lab has lots of projects going on and the students are having a great time. This week in Digital Arts, we had a 90-minute class and I asked students to clean up 5 minutes before the end of class. One student said, “I thought this was a double block class!” We were having so much fun with our projects that we had completely lost track of time.
Do these @hamlin Board members look like they’re working?
Board trustees try their hand at fourth grade Lego robotics activity.
Well they most certainly are; working and learning! The tech team welcomed school board members into the @RiviterLab to learn a little bit more about what would be happening in the rejuvenated space.
The team thought the best way to do this would be to get the board in the space and using the tools. The board heard some introductory comments about the space from Director of Technology & Innovation Mark Picketts before being divided into three groups. The first group explored Circuit Scribe by electroninks and worked through an introductory activity housed within Autodesk’s Project Ignite toolkit. The second group worked with Middle School Technology Integration Specialist Jim Lengel as he walked them through the process his first trimester 3D digital arts students are experiencing: building laser cut lamps. The third group engaged with Lower School STEM coordinator and Integration Specialist – Caroline Windell and worked through the identical lessons some of their 4th grade daughters had completed earlier in the day – an introductory investigation on movement with the Lego EV3 robots.
The slide deck that introduced the Board to the space highlighted the space as one shared by all students, introduced our partnership with the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park site, as well as let them know the things on our: Today, Monday, and Someday lists:
A time laps of the 20 minute introductory session:
Today Hamlin opened The Riveter Lab (@riveterlab) a dynamic research and design center housed within the Coreen Ruiz Hester Library.
The great hall was standing room only and you could hear a pindrop as Wanda M. Holland Greene revealed the new space by cutting the ribbon and opening the doors, inviting parents to experience the space and tools their daughters will use as they build their dreams while bettering our world.
The physical shift in space marks a larger pedagogical shift that has happened at Hamlin. We are no longer coming to school to “get information” instead girls come to Hamlin to learn how they can use information to meet the challenges of their time.
The tech team thanks parents, trustees and school administration. We know they see the Riveter Lab as we see it – a place where Hamlin girls can take their dreams … and build them.
Stop Motion capture from inside the Riveter Lab: