Make Workshop HS

Jason Farthing
Kari O'Kane
Electives ~ High School

Quarantine - Class Update

While you are at home, let's keep MAKING!

We will present some ideas in the next few weeks for Homebound projects to keep your mind active and your creativity flowing.

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Jason and Kari


Maker Lab is a class to tinker, design, build, and create. We brings together projects drawn from various hands-on and maker technologies. There is some focus is on IT-related subjects, as some of the projects incorporate digital technologies into their completion. The class is a combination of individual and group projects, varying from single day challenges to multi week endeavors.

Sample projects include: designing board games, making guitars and .....

This class may include field trips.

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Build a Rube Goldberg Machine.

What's a Rube Goldberg Machine? glad you asked...
Rube Goldberg machine, named after American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and overly complicated way. Usually, these machines consist of a series of simple unrelated devices; the action of each triggers the initiation of the next, eventually resulting in achieving a stated goal.
Using items around your house, make a machine that does a simple task.
Your machine should have at least five (5) actions to achieve its goal.
Make some sketches if you need to brainstorm a bit. 
When you make your machine, take a quick video of it doing its thing (or some pictures) and share them with us on Google Drive, here's the link:
Here are some video examples of student made machines for inspiration.
have fun!
email us with any questions at:

Past Assignments


Build a Catapult 

1.You will design and build a working catapult in teams of TWO.

You will be using the following items:

Large and Small craft sticks - 10 Max

Rubber Bands - 6 or less

Cup - 1

Spoon or Bubble Wand - 1

Binder Clip - 1

Clothespins - 3

2. Test and Revise

You will test your catapult against your classmates for distance

and accuracy, and then be able to revise your design.


After one more test, your catapult should be ready for the final launch.



Link to google doc of the assignment.