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Saturday, October 6 • 4:05pm - 4:45pm
Developing a Project Based 2-8 Fabrication Curriculum

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Pine Crest School opened Innovation Labs on its campuses in Boca Raton and Ft. Lauderdale in August 2015 and filled them with a variety of tools and materials including 3D Printers and other fabrication devices. Finding the right CAD and other design software and the best ways to teach all levels of students to effectively create with it was one of the first challenges we approached. What we have learned in the past three years is that digital fabrication and 3d design isn't just about the software and the machines. Early childhood and ongoing experiences creating with construction sets and paper-based materials like cardboard give students skills and experiences necessary before they can use fabrication machines for more than just printing something from Thingiverse. I will discuss the development process, lessons learned, and the current state of our grade 3-8 fabrication curriculum and how it relates to the majority of projects we undertake in our school makerspace.

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Kris Swanson

Innovation Specialist, Pine Crest School
Kris Swanson is an Innovation Specialist at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, FL where he works with PK - 8th Grade students and their teachers to integrate making into the school's traditional curriculum. He has been an educator in museums and schools for over 25 years, serving as... Read More →

Saturday October 6, 2018 4:05pm - 4:45pm EDT
Conference Room Four