The Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab brought to Community Day School an exciting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) experience recently for the eighth-grade class. Each eighth-grader participated in a two-day workshop called “Design For Good Days.”
Students first learned to use design software and equipment, including vinyl cutters, laser cutters and 3D printers. They then designed, created and tested a prototype that could make a positive difference in the life of an individual, their school, community or society at large.
Example designs included Braille bathroom handle clip-ons, gender-neutral bathroom signs, a water filter and an innovative fidget spinner. The students also prepared a “pitch” explaining who they were helping, the problem their “design for good” might address and why their design was important.