Other Machine Co.Posted by Josh Ajima on 7/4/2016
Dominion High School is proud to welcome Other Machine Co. as a Founding Partner of the Dominion Makerspace. The initial build out of the Dominion Makerspace is made possible by a prize from the US Department of Education CTE Makeover Challenge. Founding Partners like Other Machine Co. are assisting in this effort to bring hands on learning to Dominion students.
Other Machine Co. is generously providing a free upgrade to the latest Othermill Pro CNC and a bundle of tools, fixturing and materials worth in excess of $2,300. The Othermill Pro CNC gives students access to a professional grade digital fabrication tool that fits on the desktop. Technology Education, Independent Science Research and Art classes will incorporate the Othermill Pro in projects during the 2016-2017 school year.
CTE Makeover Challenge ProposalPosted by Josh Ajima on 6/27/2016
Dominion High School was recently announced as one of the prize winners of the US Department of Education's CTE Makeover Challenge. The challenge called for high schools to design CTE focused makerspaces to give students the tools and space to create, tinker, invent and explore. There were over 600 eligible applicants to the challenge competing for 10 – $20,000 prizes. Highlights from the proposal are included below.
Learning Through Making
Our school district’s recent One to the World initiative challenges students to create and share products, performances, services and exhibitions of work relating to authentic problems and tasks of the world. One to the World work must tie directly to the curriculum.
The CTE Makeover Challenge enables the creation of the perfect learning environment for this initiative. Instead of a CTE technology education program based on a static computer based system, students will be engaged in designing and prototyping authentic products for the world. CTE business and marketing classes will use the makerspace for infusing entrepreneurship based units involving product development into their instruction.
The shift in the school district vision creates a need for teachers to incorporate hands-on project based learning into their classes. Regular classrooms are limited in the tools and materials they can offer students. The makerspace and maker carts will provide the resources to create real world solutions.
A Dominion world history class is currently piloting a maker project to address the UN sustainable development goals. These goals present the most important challenges facing the world today such as poverty, climate change, education and inequality. Students are studying the history of these problems and then designing and prototyping human scale solutions. These students are using a prototype of a maker cart with loaned equipment. The makerspace will expand the options available to this class.
Another example is a calculus class that will use digital fabrication tools in the makerspace to explore revolutions of solids.
Typical Day in the Life
8 am: A zero period English 11 class starts the day in the makerspace working on researching and creating historical markers. Zero period class meets before the normal school day allowing students more scheduling options.
9-10:30: A 10th grade technology education class continues prototyping energy efficient car designs.
11-12:30: A 9th grade social science class rotates into the makerspace to start a 2 week project on the technology revolution. An art teacher checks out the maker cart for an AP art mixed media project.
1-2:30: 12th grade technology education students work on independent portfolio projects and assist a team from business class prototyping a new product.
2:30-4: An ELL class develops literacy skills through a hands on making unit. Student develop text and spoken language skills learning to use the making maker tools.
4-5:30 PM: The robotics club iterates their design for a competition. Students prototype and fabricate new parts.
6-7 PM: Sports marketing students showcase new products designed in the makerspace before the football game.
DHS Wins CTE Makeover ChallengePosted by Josh Ajima on 6/20/2016
Dominion High School has been honored as a prize winner in the CTE Makeover Challenge from the U.S. Department of Education. Winners receive $20,000 and a share of in-kind prizes from the $375,000+ sponsor prize pool to build a makerspace. This space will provide Dominion students the materials and environment they need to create, invent, tinker, and explore, helping them build vital career skills, including critical thinking, planning, communication, and problem solving.
Dominion entered the Challenge in April, submitting a preliminary plans for a school makerspace. Dominion teachers, Terry Baker and Josh Ajima participated in an intensive 6-week bootcamp program to finalize plans and explore a range of makerspace topics, including designing a makerspace, engaging the community, developing a budget, and creating projects that build making skills. The final proposal called for converting a CTE classroom into a maker space and building several maker carts for use in classrooms.