|Fabrication Lab at Stanford|
I sat in a class that was similarly designed like those Middle School classrooms with huge workspace tables where four or five could spread out metal drawers underneath us where tools were stored, and open space. The difference was that around the edges were 3-d printers, laser cutters, ventilation systems and more than one computer. We spent some time in processing computer language using pre-existing libraries to design a lamp made from paper (you could make it from other materials but paper is low cost for workshops).
|Laser Cutting out the Lamp|
|Computer Program (photo by Phyllis Wright)|
I could see having the students multi-task with other assignments for the class they are in. They could be working on multiple items in the class at once so that during down time they have something else to do as they wait. Classrooms become chaos but a controlled chaos since you need to plan for this. I could also see use in showing how math, science and art are all intertwined. Even in history, I saw some amazing 3-D models of historic times such as Rosa Parks on the bus. All complete in proportion to the space they had. Could it have been done without the digital aspect? Probably. Did that help add another discipline and learning experience I tend to think so.
|Putting together the lamp (photo by Phyllis Wright)|
I loved how math created such a beautiful lamp and with out the science there isn't any electricity. I saw how we could begin to build interesting engineering and design courses that could give students an idea of how to discover and make their own items. Find an need and create. I think that is so important as we have this shift in education, students need to learn how to be creative, they have so many tools at there fingertips it is time we allow them to utilize everything to learn about the world around them and invent the future.
|Me and My Lamp (photo by Phyllis Wright)|