This Week In the Classroom: Computers Ain’t Everything

Took over our conference room to work through some design challenges today.  My students used Google SketchUp to start creating jewelry boxes, art car vehicles and bookshelves. During the Art Car class, I led the group building a 3D model on the big (like 50-60″ screen) TV.  Computers+big screen TV+3d modeling software+we are building a car =  interested, motivated students.  Or so I thought.  I turn around, two students are asleep. I have only three kids on the dang project.   Terrible numbers.  Mendoza line terrible. I quickly got out the sketchbooks and pencils.  More success, more interaction. So, what I … Continue reading This Week In the Classroom: Computers Ain’t Everything

This Week in the Shop: The Other Xmas Gifts

I never did get my wife an engagement ring when I should have six years ago now.  I finally picked up a diamond for her.  In order to make it a surprise and get an excuse for “what did you do all day on your week off”, I spent half a week building her a laptop stand – The top is reclaims stage floor, while the tray is just something laying around.  I added some oak strips for anchoring for the hinges.  I bought the hinges.  The blue cloth is a place mat folded over and held in place with … Continue reading This Week in the Shop: The Other Xmas Gifts