makerspace at home

CNC Bird Project

This is a sculpture project that the student Nico designed in his senior year as something to leave behind at Hawken’s upper school campus. The goal was to match the style of the surrounding buildings while also symbolically capturing the heart of Hawken. Nico wanted the sculpture to blend in […]

3D Design with Young Makers

TinkerCad remains one of the most powerful and accessible tools out there for design and modeling of 3D objects. When I first learned of TinkerCad, I was thinking of the end-goal to be 3D printing. However, I have reframed this in my mind – the best use of this tool […]

Ameria’s Guitar Case

Ameria is a 7th grade student full of creative ideas and a strong do-it-herself mentality. I first met Ameria when she was a new student last year, and she came to see me in our transitional makerspace while the new facility was under construction. I was parked in the hallway […]

Mastery, Autonomy, Purpose

I recently tuned into the Safe For Work Podcast and the hosts were giving a mention of Daniel Pink’s Drive. What really motivates us, and what really satisfies us? In their quick Cliffs’ Notes, what it boils down to is Mastery, Autonomy, and Purpose surrounding what we do, or what […]

Choice and Chase’s Bank

As a lifelong MegaFan of systems it has been exhilarating and challenging to work in the space of deep student choice. In the makerspace we have to go far beyond welcoming choice; we really have to build an experience where choice feels the norm. We are learning through versions and […]

Celebrating The Process

Should we tell you we don’t care about the finished product? We have a Monday afternoon enrichment option here in in our Nido called “Maker Monday.” PreK Students who choose to stay after lunch on Mondays can participate in making activities. As a new Maker educator with our lab space […]

3D Letter Boxes

A combined K-1 class Making Experience P E R S P E C T I V E This is the focus word for our combined K-1 classroom this year. What a great word to choose for this first year of piloting a combined learning model. Everything depends on the perspective […]

Ellis Phone Sleeve

Project Overview:    Initially, I was intrigued by a phone sleeve that someone designed and laser cut out of leather and wood. I thought it would definitely be an interesting and fun project to pursue, so I decided to try to create my own while making adjustments to adapt to […]

Hot Glue Gun Holder

WWOriginally when i started this project i looked online for already existing solutions to the problem of hot glue guns sitting sideways on tables and burning them. This above is what i found, it holds the hot glue gun alright, but not the larger sized ones. I then set out […]

American Flag Hawken Stamp

Katie Hamrle ’19 created a stamp for Hawken’s Alpha Company, a student ran club that supports all active and former military members. They are sending cards to Hawken alumni that are veterans and stamping the front of the cards with this American Flag inspired H stamp. By using the laser […]

3D Printed Tripod

    Brendan Paul and I wish to build a Tripod model for his camera in order to prototype and bring to life a fully functional project. It may not contain all of the bells and whistles or be as complicated as a commercial grade model, however our goal is […]

Bench Project

This is the final tinker cad of our bench. This is the wooden laser cut of our model. the next and last step is putting it into the woodcutter and arranging the pieces! this is the correct model of my bench with the correct scale.  I have uploaded the file […]

Wood Fidget Spinner Project

It’s been over a month since my last update, but I’ve made a lot of progress on making these spinners fully functional. So far, I have two iterations of the spinner with ceramic bearings in the center. I use glue and clamps to put the spinner layers together. One design […]

Google Cardboard

  This was a very fun project.  It was a lot of fun to assemble.  The worst part about it was waiting for the lenses to come in from amazon.  Once finished, I had a lot of fun watching Virtual reality videos with friends.

3D Printed Parts for a Speaker

 As a part of Ian and Matt’s speaker project they asked me to help them print out two 9-Volt battery containers to hold the batteries inside the speaker. At first (as shown below) I took the dimensions of the battery provided and extended the inside of the box about a half […]


Our school did an American Ninja Warrior type challenge which we built and designed for the school in two weeks. There were five obstacles: monkey bars, an a-frame wall, four balance beams, five step platforms, and a tunnel laced with rope. Our designs looked like this:     We spent […]

2017 Infinity Mirror Project

I’ve decided to switch focus back to my original idea of an infinity mirror. Since we got back, I’ve edited my inkscape file for the mirror and today I transferred the file to the shop bot. It has actually been a lot more work than I expected to get to […]