4th Grade Maker Workshop - Fall 2021-(Tuesday 9:30a - 11:15a) Assignments

Jason Farthing
2021-2022 School Year
Classes ~ K-7th Grade
At the intersection of Do-It-Yourself and Technology, there is a special place called the 'Maker Lab'. Join us for creative, hands-on projects that explore a variety of mediums as well as technologies, where students can use problem solving and artistic expression to 'MAKE' awesome projects in a collaborative environment.

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3D design with TinkerCad in Google Classroom

3D design with TinkerCad

Today You will learn how to create 3D pieces that we will print on the 3D printers class.
We will be working in the 3D design software, TinkerCad.

To get started we will logon to the classroom I have set up for us, view a quick demonstration, learn some controls and then start designing your first 3D piece.

Easy, Yay!!!

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3D printer preview and Paper Engineering Challenges in Google Classroom

3D printer preview and Paper Engineering Challenges

Today, we are going to get a sneak peak at the new 3D printers and see how they work. I will have some test pieces to print that you can take home with you.

Next, it's a paper engineering challenge.

Challenge #1: Using only 3 sheets of paper, tape, and scissors, you will attempt to construct the tallest freestanding structure that will support an empty soup can. You will have time to create, test, and revise in order to get your final structure done.

Challenge #2: You have 3 sheets of paper to fold your best paper airplane to compete outside for the furthest flight.

Have Fun!!!


Crayon Melting Name Poster in Google Classroom

Crayon Melting Name Poster

Things are gonna get hot when experimenting with heat and wax - Melting crayons.
We are going to cut a stencil of your name, apply it to a poster board, arrange crayons in an interesting color pattern, then mellllllt them to create cool drips over your name. Once your creation is done, you will remove your name from under the melted wax to show the outline of your name.
We will use the HOT glue and the HEAT gun - always keeping safety in mind when it comes to the business end of these tools.

Using more or less heat, along with the direction of the heat source, produces very different results.

Have fun!


Ask Me About My Button... in Google Classroom

Ask Me About My Button...

Today we're going to design and make pin-on buttons, using a measured out circle template for our designs, you'll come up with five or more concepts for pieces of art you would like to see on your button.
Break out the markers, colored pencils, and the creativity, and start designing your amazing button artwork.
We will go through the step-by-step layering process of putting the buttons together and stamping them out, to ultimately come up with the wearable artwork that is your button.

Have Fun!


STICKER TIME! in Google Classroom


Together we will create custom stickers from a drawing that you create!
You will measure out 2 inch squares using a ruler, and 2 inch diameter circles using a compass that will be the container for your custom sticker.
Sketch out something with a pencil and then using a black sharpie, make the lines bold.
We will scan your image, and turn it into a sticker using a CNC cutter and vinyl sheets.
It will be sticker-rific!!!


Soldering Circuits in Google Classroom

Soldering Circuits

A little info, instruction, and safety about soldering and soldering irons, and then we will cut and strip wire, connect them to your LED light, and finish off your circuit sculpture.....HOOORAY!


Hula Hoooooops!!! in Google Classroom

Hula Hoooooops!!!

Using common tubing for drip irrigation systems along with couplings and some colorful tape, we will make amazing hula hoops. 
With some simple measurements, tinsnips, and a heat gun to soften the ends we will put our hoops together.
When they're finished, we will use some colorful tape to create designs and give our hula hoops some flair!



BRISTLEBOTS! in Google Classroom


Using a toothbrush, and some decorative items, we will construct miniature robots that move around in funny and exciting ways. We will start with a small motor and a battery and using our knowledge of circuits from our last class, power up our bots to give them life.


and most of all...Have Fun Makeing!


Paint, Wire, and Testing your 3D sculpture with LED light in Google Classroom

Paint, Wire, and Testing your 3D sculpture with LED light

We will finish and paint our sculptures and then do a little wiring demonstration and circuit discussion to determine the best circuit for our pieces. 
You will test your wiring cavity with wires, batter, and an LED light to make sure it works......YAY!


3D Sculpture with LED lighting in Google Classroom

3D Sculpture with LED lighting

We are going to expand on our paper circuits with clay and you will create a sculpture to show off your circuits and light up your creation.

Using air dry clay, and a little planning and invention, you will need to create a cavity to house your wiring inside your creation. A simple plastic straw can be used to create empty space and perhaps double as an armature for support as well.

Remember to Plan, Create, Test, and Revise.


PAPER CIRCUITS in Google Classroom


We are going to learn about and make three types of circuits: Simple Circuit, Series Circuit, and Parallel Circuits.
Using paper templates, copper tape, coin batteries and LED lights.
After creating our circuits, we will create a piece of art that incorporates the lights that you can show off.
Have Fun!


Shrinky Dink - Make an oven  in Google Classroom

Shrinky Dink - Make an oven

We are going use our imaginations and artwork to create some fun and entertaining shrinky-dinks. Normally we would put these in an oven to activate the shrinking process, but not this time.
We will experiment with some foil pans and a heat gun to get the best results by making a homemade oven.
Let's 'bake' some fun!


Tie Dye Face-masks in Google Classroom

Tie Dye Face-masks

Just because you have to wear a mask in public doesn’t mean your mask has to be boring! Have fun!!!
We will tie dye plain cotton face masks using safe food coloring and get some amazing looking results.

Cotton Mask
Food Coloring
White vinegar
Rubber bands
Ziplock Plastic Bags

Step 1:
Soak your cloth mask in equal parts water and vinegar for 30 min.
Step 2:
Roll up/twist/wrap your masks up into balls and secure them with the rubber bands.

Step 3:
Mix 16 drops of your food coloring with 1/2 cup water for each color you would like to use. Use individual cups or glass jars.
Dip small sections of your mask ball in various colors, trying not to overlap colors much. You can leave sections white as well, to get that classic “tie dye” pattern.

Step 4:
Place your masks in a plastic bag to help maintain the moisture as the dye sets. Allow the masks to set overnight.

Step 5:
The next day, take the mask(s) out of the bag, one at a time, and remove the bands. Pour salt and 1/2 cup water into a large bowl and mix well. Salt helps to “fix” the color. Plunge the masks into the salt water one at a time to set the dye and then wring them out. Rinse in clean water several times until the water runs completely clear—and be careful not to stain your clothes as the food coloring rinses off. Wring them out well and hang out to dry, preferably in the sun. (Hint: use several small bowls of salt water if the colors run too much, to avoid discoloring other masks.)
Step 5:
Admire your new tie-dye Masks!