In this fun class, we created clocks, bat houses, and used both low tech and high tech to create our products. It was a place where we could be creative, collaborate, and have ideas.
Makerspace Brainstorm Questions
Clocks for Organization
1. Share a major challenge you have overcome or an area that you have grown in throughout the semester in Makerspace. An area that I have grown in is that I have gotten better at not getting distracted and doing my work. I don't just talk to my friends the whole time and instead focus on the work at hand. Once I finish my work, I can talk my friends. I believe I could still improve, but that I have made growth. 2. Describe one praiseworthy product from Makerspace that you created this semester. One praiseworthy product I created this semester was the clocks for our organization because I had a hard time using Adobe Illustrator, but figured it out and finished. My partner and I worked together, and figured it out together as well. I had to ask for help, but got it down at the end was able to understand it better. 3. Describe one thing that you learned this semester in Makerspace that really got you thinking and why. One thing I learned this semester that really got me thinking was when we made the bat houses because I saw how small the space is and how a bat has to be able to make itself so small and how amazing that is. I was also surprised at how many bats could fit in one bat house. 4. . Explain your goal(s) for next semester in Makerspace and how you plan to achieve this goal(s). My goal for next semester is to help people and not block them out and just focus on myself while working. I will do this by being kind and aware, as well as patient when people ask for help or don't understand something. I also need to be able to not be completely attached to my work and detach from it to help others.
This is the clock I had created with my partner for our organization. We had drawn out the symbol in the middle, which is a boy sitting in the corner, a sun in the middle, a hand reaching out to the boy, as well as DBSA going down the middle of the symbol. We then used Adobe Illustrator for the clock shape, numbers, and to create the symbol in digital form. We then used the laser cutter to cut our clocks out of wood and added the clock hands. We were then able to hang them up for display in the hallway.
For this smaller project, we created bat houses for local bats and so we could hang them up around the community. Our bat house measurements were about five feet by two feet. We also had to add a fact to the front of the house, as well as a design. We chose to use the fact that bats are nocturnal, and colored the bat shape, that was also the ventilation slot, on the front for our design. We made a smaller version of the bat house to see if the measurements worked and how proportional it would be, as well as what we might want to change. After we finished building, painting, and creating our bat houses, we got to display and present them at the San Diego Safari Park. We were able to show the public what we made and teach them about both the bat houses and bats.
For the character remixes, we had to choose two characters and mush them together into one using their different features. For example, I used Grizzly's head shape with Cat Woman's ears. I had to put them together while still keeping a somewhat realistic combination. I first printed out each character. Then I decided which parts I was going to combine and started to trace the parts I wanted. I then had to revise parts of it and redraw some so it flowed easier and fit better. I would then color it and sign my name.