City of the Future: Product Shot at Tam High

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City of the Future: Product Shot at Tam High
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This spring, middle-school students in our maker class at Tam High built a City of the Future together, using arts and electronics to make a model of what our world may be like in 100 years.

Their city of the future is called 15A. They dreamed up a post-apocalyptic world, with a deep divide between the rich the poor, who mine the sea floor and are oppressed by a government run by machines. These product shots show their futuristic buildings and public spaces, from underwater mines to surface rubbles and tall skyscrapers.

I really enjoyed teaching this after-school course with my partners Geo Monley and Cynthia Gilbert. Our students accomplished a lot in a short amount of time and learned many new skills, which we hope will serve them well in the future. They learned to create interactive art with simple electronics, in a playful way that makes learning more fun. And beyond just technical skills, they also developed their creative expression, problem-solving and collaborative skills.

We are very happy to see our students so engaged in this hands-on, project-based, student-driven activity. This bodes well for this maker art program, and we look forward to offering more courses for lower and middle-school students this fall.

View more photos of our Maker Art course at Tam High:
www.flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157666710348841

Learn more about our City of the Future course: fabriceflorin.com/2016/02/23/city-of-the-future/

Learn more about our Maker Art courses:
fabriceflorin.com/2016/02/14/teaching-maker-art/

Learn more about Tam Makers:
www.tammakers.org/

Laser Cutting Class
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Our second laser cutting class at Tam Makers, taught by Geo Monley and Chelsea Andersson. This new evening course for adults took place on June 22, 2016 at the woodshop in Tam High School, Mill Valley.

We started the class at 6pm, by showing students how the laser cutter works in detail. We then took turns cutting up photo frames and other simple projects, while the rest of the class took a certification quiz.

Students seemed to enjoy this class and told us they learned a lot from it. This is one of our first maker courses at Tam Makers, and we’re really happy that it is going so well; we look forward to teaching more classes in the fall.

Learn more about this Laser Cutting class:
www.tammakers.org/laser-cutting/

View more photos of Tam Makers:
www.flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157660433218276

Learn more about Tam Makers:
www.tammakers.org/

Maker Art at Tam High
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Image by fabola
We are developing a public makerspace in Tam High School’s state-of-the-art woodshop, to create cool objects — and grow a community of makers, students and teachers in South Marin.

Here are some of the artworks we are creating in Geo Monley’s woodworking workshop, called ‘You Can Build It’. With his help, I am building a ‘maker art cart’ to showcase the work of our students — and Howard Rheingold is making a triangular table for our Pataphysical Studios.

This week, I used the laser cutter to make characters for our City of the Future course. In this ‘maker art’ class, lower and middle school students will build a futuristic home with a cardboard ‘wonderbox’ and animated characters such as these. They will bring these wood and acrylic figures to life with lights, sounds and motion, using simple electronics.

Geo showed off ‘Maker Field’, the animatronic city his high school students are building with his help. Here’s their work in progress, which now features a variety of buildings (including ‘Trump Towers’ and a 5V power plant), as well as a robot car powered with Arduino.

These projects are good examples of what we could support with more maker programs for adults and teens in this new Tam High makerspace. More on this later.

View more photos of our Tam High makerspace: www.flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157660433218276

Learn more about our City of the Future course: fabriceflorin.com/2016/02/23/city-of-the-future/

Learn more about our Maker Art courses:
fabriceflorin.com/2016/02/14/teaching-maker-art/

Learn more about Geo’s technical courses at Tam High: www.marinlearn.com/index.cfm?method=ClassListing.ClassLis…

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