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Fab Lab Comes to Brady Feb 22-26; Open to Community on Feb 25

Fab Lab Comes to Brady Feb 22-26; Open to Community on Feb 25

Brady Middle School in the Orange City School District will further showcase the innovative and engaging learning opportunities it provides students when it welcomes the mobile Fab Lab to the school campus during the week of February 22, 2016. Brady students in grades 6-8 and their younger peers in second grade will delve into various interactive projects in this fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) thanks to a donation from Ms. Jan Morrison, a grandmother of an Orange student and the Founder, President and CEO of Teaching Institute Excellence in STEM (TIES). Special thank you to the Orange Elementary and Middle PTA who will be purchasing the Fab Lab materials.

Brady Middle School will be hosting an open Community Night on Thursday February 25, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is open to residents and anyone affiliated with the Orange Community or Schools. While using the machines requires registering for free tickets through the EventBrite link, anyone is welcome to attend this event and see the machines.

Community Night Registration EventBrite Link

This hands-on, project-based learning environment inspires students to reach for deeper knowledge in science, engineering, mathematics and technology. The Fab Lab focuses on learning in an authentic, engaging, personal context, one in which students go through a cycle of imagination, design, prototyping, and reflection as they find solutions to challenges or bring their ideas to life.

“We are so excited to let the community know that the mobile Fab Lab is coming to Brady,” said K-8 math coach and Brady math teacher Christa Krohn, who along with technology integration specialist Jake Miller, is overseeing this weeklong experience. “We have great STEM projects that our students will be fabricating, a community night and options for teachers to utilize the lab on staff development day.”

Students will have an opportunity to try these five different projects to fabricate actual items such as chess pieces, signs, furniture and more:

  • 3D Printing Project - Students will work collaboratively to design a new board game including game pieces designed in a 3D computer aided-design program and printed on a 3D printer and a game board that could potentially be designed on the vinyl cutter, epilog laser or ShopBot CNC Router.

  • Epilog Laser Project – Students will create pop up cards with the cards being designed on a computer, laser cut to have pop-out features, decorated with coloring, and wired with an LED that lights up when card is opened.

  • ShopBot CNC Router Project - Students will work in groups to plan a design for a stool or seat which they will design on a computer, see it cut out of craft wood as a prototype on the epilog Laser, prior to discussing and revising their design that will be cut out of wood on a CNC router and put together by the students.

  • Vinyl Cutter Project - Students will work in groups to create wall art and/or motivational signs to post in Brady that they will design on a computer, cut out with vinyl cutter and then hang up in the building.

  • Circuits Project - Students will design a circuit design path as a computer graphic that they will then laser cut from a piece of adhesive copper with the epilog laser. They will then solder 3 LED’s to that circuit to light it up.
The Fab Lab is aligned with Orange Schools’ effort to continue providing students with engaging STEM opportunities while working toward a cohesive K-12 STEM educational plan that meets the Board of Education strategy to strengthen and expand district science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics offerings.

“To be a Fab Lab, it means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, makers and innovators,” said Morrison.

This experience has been generously supported by staff at TIES, MC2STEM High School and Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab. Morrison believes in the power of STEM education for the students and the community. It is this core belief that inspired her to make such a generous donation. TIES is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio and provides STEM education for youngsters through the USA and globally.

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