Maker Workshop 8-(Wednesday 10:20a - 11:50a) Assignments

Jason Farthing
2021-2022 School Year
Maker Workshop - 8th -12th 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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Dream Project! in Google Classroom

Dream Project!

Do you have an idea for a project that did not get realized this year in Maker Workshop?
NOW is your chance to MAKE IT!!!
You have three class periods to build your dream!


You will need to have the following:
A creative spark!
A clear idea
A list of items from the lab
A reasonable project scope for the time frame to complete your project.
A quick conversation with me about your idea.

Design, Build, Test, Revise....MAKE!


Cardboard Games in Google Classroom

Cardboard Games

You are invited to create a challenge game, puzzle, or maze of your choice - out of cardboard and other items you can find in the Maker Lab...HOORAY!

Step 1 - get in to groups of 2-3
Step 2 - Brainstorm ideas together
Step 3 - Create a sketch of your game idea for submission and approval
Step 4 - Set Measurable Goals for each week of class with your group and log them on your GOAL SHEET. (this will be handed in at the end of each class) - Be sure to divide the tasks between members of your group to ensure efficiency in building and finishing your game.

Here are the Details:
IMPORTANT - Size - game must be no bigger than 14 x 20 inches (USE A RULER)!!!
Must be some sort of Challenge Game, Maze, or Puzzle, with a GOAL to WIN!
Must be Playable and Complete at the due date.
Must be FINISHED with any paint, graphics, decorations, etc, to give it a completed look.
**You may use anything we have in the Maker Lab, including the MicroBit if you want to add some programming to your game.

--We will be displaying these for playing at the K-7 science fair coming up on April 28th.--
Links to game ideas:

Labyrinth Game

Pop-a-Shot Basketball

Marble Race


Marble Hit Game


Stained Glass (sort of) in Google Classroom

Stained Glass (sort of)

We are going to create amazing faux stained glass pieces using plexiglass, glue, paint, and food coloring.

Materials needed:
Image for reference (either drawn or found online and printed)
Plexiglass material
Paint and Glue mixture for simulated lead lines
Clear glue and food coloring mixture for colored panes
Tracing paper
White paper
Check out the video below for a quick demo of the process.

***Take a picture of your finished piece and attach to this assignment to TURN IN.***

Be creative, have fun!


Personal Water Usage in Google Classroom

Personal Water Usage

Students will begin class time by analyzing their usage data for the week of toothbrushing and also researching and answering relevant water questions on their water awareness worksheet.

Students will be able to: 
See the physical results of one week of personal water use from brushing their teeth.
Understand their city’s water and wastewater usage via research.
Identify local industries that have a large impact on water.
Observe and draw conclusions based on their experiment.
These questions will serve as prompts for students to continue with a class discussion on water usage, identifying super users, and wastewater disposal. 

COMPLETE AND TURN IN - Water Awareness worksheet


Innovative Water Filtration and Cleaning  in Google Classroom

Innovative Water Filtration and Cleaning


After completing this lesson, students will be able to: 
Understand the issues of water pollution and the importance of access to clean water.
Experiment with filtering various substances from water by making their own simple water filters.
Observe and draw conclusions based on their experiment.
Materials needed:
Most materials will be decided by students during the Day 2 research and discussion project.
Some of the materials that may be decided upon are: 
cotton balls
coffee filters
muslin fabric scraps

In addition, students will need:
clear test tubes
”dirty” water (glitter, food coloring, soil, coffee, tissue paper bits, oil)
one 2 liter bottle cut in half per group
rubber bands

Lesson Steps
Students will put their ideas for cleaning water to the test by trial and error, creating and testing water filtration methods.

Each group chooses 3 different “filter mediums” to layer in their plastic filtration bottles. They will pass their “dirty” water through their filtration bottles and judge how effective their method was by how clear their water looks as it exits their system. 

Upon completion, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their discoveries, discuss their methods with classmates, and brainstorm ways their efforts could be improved and applied to real life scenarios.


Water Movement via Innovative Engineering in Google Classroom

Water Movement via Innovative Engineering

Part 1:
Students will be divided into groups. Each group will be given the same materials and parameters, and be asked to engineer a system for transporting water to two different. There will be a prescribed time limit for engineering and testing of their system.

Each group will then demonstrate the effectiveness of their engineered water system to the class. Students will return to the classroom to discuss/process the experiment with the option to share ideas and findings.

Materials needed:

one peg board for each group
zip ties or wire
one bucket for each group
miscellaneous pvc pipe lengths and couplings

Part 2:
Students will then login to google classroom and use Jamboard for a collaborative session with the prompt of Identify some common daily water using activities

Brainstorm ideas using Jamboard for collaboration
Hand out 1 liter bottles of water and sharpies to each student with the instructions for monitoring their daily usage as they consume the water for toothbrushing exercise that we will analyze in week two.


Block Printing in Google Classroom

Block Printing

Using a High contrast image and a carving block with carving tools, we will create unique and fun block prints.
See google slides for examples and instructions for carving and printing. 

Tools needed:
Carving tool
Rubber Carving Medium
Paper, Fabric, or other medium for printing
Please attach a picture of  your finished print to turn in this assignment.