Maker Courses at Tam High

A few nice Maker Projects images I found:

Maker Courses at Tam High
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I am now working with Geo Monly at Tam High School in Mill Valley to teach a weekly maker course for middle-school students in his shop, as part of their Community Education program. And I am also taking classes from him, such as this Sketchup workshop, which teaches adults how to create 3D models to plan their building projects. After the workshop, he showed me a star-shaped avatar one of his high school students is making with his 3D printer. The next day, we met again to brainstorm activities for our middle-school students. We will invite them to create a city of the future together, combining arts and electronics. They will imagine what the world will be like in 100 years, then build a futuristic model with other students. More on this later.

View more photos of my Maker Art courses this semester: www.flickr.com/photos/fabola/albums/72157663074065150

Learn more about our City of the Future course: docs.google.com/document/d/1VdEPlAgwYUnywXcm2568LSKC1b_sL…

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

Making ‘poetic robots’
Maker Projects
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Once a week, I mentor Natalina (a.k.a. Dr. Canard), to help her develop her maker and multimedia skills. This week, we turned two of her decorated ducks into ‘poetic robots: Indigo and Shy Violet just met for the first time today. See video of Indigo’s ‘first baby steps’: vimeo.com/145585551

This maker project is coming along very well: Natalina is getting more comfortable with technology, and integrating it into her art — which is the whole point of these classes.

Next, we plan to add code for remote control, and make them interact more closely with each other (e.g.: respond to each other’s calls, approach or avoid one another). We’d also like to add a storyline, dialog, music, sound effects, props and backdrop — and capture the best scenes on video. I can’t wait to see how far we can go with this.

To track our progress, bookmark our Wonderbots photo album: bit.ly/wonderbot-photos

Stay tuned …

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