We have a new Instagram feed that gets updated a lot more regularly than our website (see the right side tabs for more social media). In case you missed them, here are a few of our recent 3D prints. All the paint jobs are by students! Click on a picture for a better view.  Or, just follow us on Instagram for the full dose of witty captions and hashtags. 

Markhor
whirlwind
door
twintowers
pumpkin

We have a new Instagram feed that gets updated a lot more regularly than our website (see the right side tabs for more social media). In case you missed them, here are a few of our recent 3D prints. All the paint jobs are by students! Click on a picture for a better view.  Or, just follow us on Instagram for the full dose of witty captions and hashtags. 

meridia
madoctopus
frozen
gnome
fallen-warrior

The legendary CHAOSMaker "Mysterious Building Challenges" - show up, be given a mostly random set of materials and a problem, and then work in teams under strict time pressures to come up with a solution. It's the perfect way to teach about prototyping, resource management, planning, working in teams...and how to handle pressure in a fun environment. 

The 6th Mysterious Building Challenge started in Mr. Boyd's room on a Wednesday lunch. I had been spreading a few confusing rumors to throw off student detectives trying to figure out the plan, so participants were a little nervous: "Why do we need headlamps?" "Why are you wearing kneepads & a helmet?" "Were we all supposed to bring spatulas?". 

MBC #6: Build the longest, continuous, one-way, fully enclosed, lighted blanket tunnel possible using the entire CHAOS Room and only the provided materials. Oh, and at some point there had to be a "Disco Palace" big enough to stand up and dance in. 

One other big change from previous challenges: all 14 students had to work together as one big team (instead of competing against each other). They had until Friday at noon (3 lunches) to complete their task and show it off to the entire school (gulp). 

Day 1

And away we went. Students started with a traditional planning session and mapped out a route. But it quickly became clear that the plan and the available materials wouldn't match up, so they switched to an area-based system. 

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Day 2

There was some major progress, as students came in at both recess & lunch, and a number got permission to skip their regular classes to keep building. They discovered the technique of using string supported by chairs, and the room quickly became a spiderweb. Available chairs became precious. No matter, students used tables, blankets, tablecloths, curtains, scrap fabric, tarps, duct tape, clothes pins, to rig their tunnel.

It became hard to move around the room, so students would pop up out of the blankets and yell "duct tape, need some duct tape over here". Supplies would be tossed, pass from person to person, or delivered by the mouse-team that would scurry through the tunnels.

At the end of the day we had a pretty reasonable tunnel system, and so we brought out the lasers, sound system and fog machine to make the Disco Palace even cooler. Oh, and the legend of the toe-eating Spatula Rat was born. 

 

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Day 3

By recess the tunnels were structurally finished, although repair and improvement teams kept crawling through the system trying to improve and fix problem areas. We were down to our last few clothespins and roll of duct tape, so resources were scarce. The Spatula Rat station had gained a 3D printed foot-bone with a toe missing.

I passed around the EL wire and turned off the lights, and soon we had a foggy, crazy, crawly tunnel experience. We never did measure the tunnel length, although the system took up the entire room and could easily have more than 20 people moving in it at the same time without congestion. We rigged up an access control system using glowsticks to count who was in the fort. There were enough nooks and crannies that students would enter the one-way tunnel and then not come out for quite a while. 

The build team was proud of their work, so we cycled through all 5 Grade 8 classes, a number of Grade 7 classes, some Grade 5 classes, random siblings, and a number of teachers. All came out with big smiles on their faces. 

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The best way to experience it all is through video edited by Colin F. Click to play it! 

 

The Blanket Fort Building Challenge

 

 

 

We have done a number of fun projects over the last couple of years, but I was particularly proud of how students handled this one. They solved difficult physical challenges, dealt with resource management, repair, and redesign - all while working together.  And then, once their project was "finished" they shared it with others, managing access control, safety,  student fears, and various other problems. It was true leadership and ownership in action! 

 

 

We have a new Instagram feed that gets updated a lot more regularly than our website (see the right side tabs for more social media). In case you missed them, here are a few of our recent 3D prints. All the paint jobs are by students! Click on a picture for a better view.  Or, just follow us on Instagram for the full dose of witty captions and hashtags. 

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We have a new Instagram feed that gets updated a lot more regularly than our website (see the right side tabs for more social media). In case you missed them, here are a few of our recent 3D prints. All the paint jobs are by students! Click on a picture for a better view. 

microwave-dragon
thanos
deadpool
sword-in-stone
skulltown

Make sure you check out our favourite 3D designer...

A week or so ago we worked on building a sugar glass mold for a fake beer bottle, just like those used in for movie stunts. That project got put on the backburner for a little while before we moved it to the front burner - literally.  After a quick prototype test (click for video)

Sweet Sweet Head Smash

..we went into full-on bottle production. We cooked the isomalt in the CHAOS secret lair, so at LGMS all we had to do was microwave and mold, microwave and mold. We got lots of little sugar bits everywhere, which was an added bonus (?). After a quick test smash (click video)

Sugar Glass - Prototype Head Smash.

 ...we planned our big action show. On Thursday, after meeting in the CHAOSLab and a selection of actors (and yes, there were lots of candidates), we staged our "fake fight". Mr. Boyd won about 3 Oscars for acting, and really freaked most of us out.

We Stage a Fake Fight at School

We then showed off the sugar bottles to the assembled crowd and did another smash just to show that everything was all good. A fun project - and based on the interest by everyone, we could make good money selling these things! 

 

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Sweet Sweet Head Smash

 

We've been 3D printing little huts the last couple of weeks. Perhaps it's something to do with winter? They just seem so cozy! Students really like to paint them, and have been adding "moss" and "grass" to give them that extra quaint look.  The grand plan is to make a little village but students keep taking the huts home to liven up planters, aquariums, gardens, etc. Oh well - we'll just keep printing more! 

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