SCOPES-DF hosts virtual events with community members and experts in digital fabrication and k-12 education. Check out our video recordings below and sign-up to hear about future gatherings!
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Our global community grows and stays connected through webinars, workshops, and meet-ups. Members of our community share their work with each other to learn new technologies, teaching approaches, and impactful projects.
The Reflection and Playbook is written in response to the pressing need to provide academic coherence to the rapid growth and integration of artifact creation and digital fabrication concepts into K–12 classrooms. During the past decade, the Maker Movement in Education, designated as ‘Tinkering’, ‘Makerspaces’, ‘FabLearn Labs’, ‘Design-Make-Play’, ‘Maker-Centered Learning’, or Fab Labs, has increased usage of digital fabrication devices, such as 3D-printers, laser cutters, or milling machines in classrooms.
The Fab I Can Statements are a formative assessment tool that measures achievement and the digital fabrication learning experience intended for K-12.
The statements seamlessly connect classroom activities with benchmarked Fab teaching objectives, state and national learning standards, and with broad outcomes for life-long digital fabrication learning.
Virtual Workshop: 3D Design Workflows, May 2020
Community Participants: Daniel Smithwick, Danielle Martin, and Katy Perry
Virtual Workshop: Engineering Design – Cardboard Containers, April 2020
Community Participants: Aidan Mullaney, Alethea Campbell, Liz Whitewolf, Brian Purvis, and Andrea Lang.
Webinar: Women Making History, March 2020
The Fab Foundation’s Engagement and Program Manager for SCOPES-DF, Liz Whitewolf, hosts a panel of amazing women making history through digital fabrication and education. These panelists share their journeys and how they are handling the new normal.
Community Participants: Ilaria La Mana, Andrea Fields, Ellie Buehler, and Nina Bartuto.
Webinar: Culturally Relevant Digital Fabrication, February 2020
The Fab Foundation’s Dr. Nettrice Gaskins hosts a panel of teachers as they share their work and answer questions about what it means to be culturally relevant with digital fabrication tools and technologies. The webinar explores how digital fabrication can be used as a tool for equity and to recognize diverse ways of learning and ‘fabbing’, including Marvel’s Black Panther, art and design, computation, social justice and the Reconstruction era.
Community Participants: Nettrice Gaskins, Matt Zigler, Kim Stanley, and Ainsley Buckner
Webinar: PancakeBot with Miguel Valenzuela, December 2019
Take your pancakes to the next level! Come hear from Miguel Valenzuela who shows you how with his PancakeBot. Not only that, but Miguel has made lessons available on the SCOPES-DF platform for teachers to use in the classroom. Watch this webinar to hear his story, see the lesson collection he’s created, and find out how you can get a PancakeBot for your classroom and maker space.
Community Participants: Miguel Valenzuela
Webinar: Fabricating Change in Mental Wellness, May 2019
In recognition of Mental Health and Wellness Month, the Fab Lab at Intermediate Unit One presents their special collection of digital fabrication lessons that they’ve used in their Fab Lab to provide emotional and mental health support to students. Intermediate Unit 1 is a regional educational agency that strives to provide educational support to the students, parents, educators, school administrators, and the communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania.
Community Participants: Jenny Lent, Michelle Voithofer, Joe Mahoney, John Kopp, and Kevin McKee
Webinar: Learn Chibitronics with Jie Qi, March 2019
The SCOPES-DF Program Manager, Dr. Nettrice Gaskins, joins Jie Qi and shares the classroom lesson she developed using a Chibi Chip micro-controller that allows students to explore printmaking and electronics.
Community Participants: Jie Qi and Nettrice Gaskins