La Jolla Country Day Summer Camp 2012
At the height of last summer’s heat wave, amid those long, hot days that can test the patience of a Middle School student on break, more than 70 students sat quietly, sometimes for more than six hours in a day.
Guided by an experienced faculty mentor and after group interactions and discussions, the students designed and programmed their microprocessor boards to accomplish the tasks they creatively dreamed up. In short order, these students had become fledgling members of something being called “the Maker Movement.”
They were part of FabLabSD Summer STE[+a]M at La Jolla Country Day, a collaboration with UCSD Extension, and before the three-week course was out, they were exposed to advanced math, engineering and electronics concepts in a project-based effort that took science out of the classroom and into the real world.
These classes are based on the ‘Maker’ philosophy that the Fab Lab San Diego program has developed in response to the need to inspire students while engaging them in learning next generation technology. This Fab Lab curriculum included hands-on, experience-driven activities on fields such as Wearable Electronics, Robotics, Creative Computing, Arduino and Build Your Own Clean Energy Vehicle!