Makerspace Update

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Wrapping up the year in the Makerspace, our students and faculty staffed a booth at the Art of the Possible in Taylor Hall at the St. Louis Art Museum.  This was ITEF’s (Innovative Technology Education Fund) big event of the year and Crossroads was asked to participate as a grant recipient from last year.  Our students did a fantastic job …

Makerspace Grand Opening

Jason HeissererUncategorized

Friends, Last evening Crossroads hosted the Grand Opening for our Makerspace. Students and teachers were involved in the planning and execution of this event, and we hosted approximately 120 visitors. Most of these visitors were from our own community. We also hosted a few prospective families as well as guests from CBC High School, the Disruption Department (our fantastic consultants), …

First Lego Robotics League

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On Nov. 14, six Crossroads middle schoolers completed in a First Lego League Robotics qualifying match.  The competition has several aspects: the Robot Game, which involves programming a Lego robot to accomplish specific missions on a playing field; the Project, which involves researching a problem related to this year’s theme (Trash Trek) and coming up with a solution; and Core …

Makers Speak Series

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David Jay (2000) is our first guest speaker in the Makerspace. On Monday, 11/16, during lunch from 12:15 to 12:45, David will go through a short design exercise and talk about the startup and social enterprise scenes in San Francisco, New York, and Saint Louis. David will also show a demo of his new work. Please try this link for …

Design Thinking Workshop

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Seventh through ninth grades completed their first design-thinking challenge thanks to the “Crash Course” from the Institute of Design at Stanford University.  Students redesigned   the backpack, something that is integral to every student’s daily experience.  After being asked to come up with ideas outside of the box and to go for “volume and variety” when generating ideas (ideation), several backpacks with …

Makerspace Update

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“What has happened in the Makerspace so far?” you ask. Keep reading to find out! What construction and design work took place to remake a regular classroom into a Makerspace? Carpet removed Subfloor ground, leveled, and stained Windows installed in Mac Lab and Makerspace Double door installed New Makerspace closet added New vent fan installed in the ceiling Painted all walls, hallway, …