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Low Tech / No Tech

Low Tech / No Tech

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Course: Mobile Transformation Lab
Book: Low Tech / No Tech
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Date: Friday, August 23, 2019, 1:31 AM

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Cardboard Automata

Automaton -  is a self-operating machine, or a machine or control mechanism designed to follow automatically a predetermined sequence of operations, or respond to predetermined instructions.[1] Some automata, such as bellstrikers in mechanical clocks, are designed to give the illusion to the casual observer that they are operating under their own power. (Wikipedia)

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library

Inspired by The Tinkering Studio, we've offered our "Cardboard Automata" class in the Innovation Lab a couple of times now and are starting to get the hang of it. We'll be presenting this program again in March, so watch for the calendar to be published soon.
This video also includes a special automata made in recognition of Valentine's Day - who says Makers can't be romantic?

Literary Connection -(Galimoto) MakerSpace aligned to TEKS

From the Library Media Specialist Ruth Pinchot at Stewart's Creek Elementary

Galimoto by Catherine Stock and Karen Lynn Williams

Synopsis: Kondi is determined to make a galimoto -- a toy vehicle made of wires. His brother laughs at the idea, but all day Kondi goes about gathering up the wire he needs. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for the village children to play with in the light of the moon.

What is a Galimoto?  It is a push toy made all over Eastern and Southern Africa. It is usually made from wire and available "trash". All they have in common is that a toy is pushed in the upright position with a stick.

Additional Resources:

Breakout EDU

Materials provided byLISD librarians.  Thank you to Deanna Seigler at Homestead Elementary and Kathy Hoffman at Donald Elementary.

HS - 

The Global Cardboard Challenge 2016

This fall, we invite kids of all ages around the world to build something amazing out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

Inspired by the short film, ‘Caine’s Arcade’, the Global Cardboard Challenge is an annual event presented by the Imagination Foundation to celebrate child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. In September, kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination. Then in early October, communities come together to play!

We hope you will look out for the 2016 Global Cardboard Challenge! As we get closer to the fall, we will publicize a registration page, a Playbook, and additional information.

Learn More!

Cardboard mini-golf course

Picture of Make a Mini Golf Course

For this instructable you will need a few things like: 

- A pencil
- A utility knife
- A staple gun
- Some weights
- Clamps 
- A long ruler
- Clothes pins
- A bottle of wood glue (I used gorilla glue)
- Duct tape (I used gorilla tape)
- Sand paper
- A place to work 
- And a whole lotta cardboard

Link to Directions (note there are 10 pages you click through. )

Dog Chew Toy

Learn how to make a dog chew toy using your old t-shirts. Your best friend is going to love it because it smells like you! Easy DIY craft tutorial idea.

Dot Day - Held in Sept. Visit Site

" The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe."

Check out the book from your campus librarian!

Making a Mark - Read, Create, Learn!

Connect with other students from around the world and share ideas.

Whitney Jones, Librarian at Old Settlers Elementary (Flower Mound)

Katie Cox, McKamy Middle School 

Dot day is the best! Katie did a great job organizing some of the middle schooler students to come to assist EVERY student at Old Settlers Elementary make their Dot Day projects.  The students from Hedrick Middle School are focusing on collaboration and will document this event in their district ePortfolios! We also painted rocks and made a rock river, photo attached. Let me just say, while I love to make… I have NO ambitions to be an art teacher. Painting with the whole school is exhausting!!!! Liz, you are better than me, I called off going to hockey

We also painted rocks and made a rock river of dots! Whitney Jones said,  "Let me just say, while I love to make, I have NO ambitions to be an art teacher. Painting with the whole school is exhausting!"


Holly Earl at Garden Ridge Elementary (Dot Day!)

Students programmed Dot robots for Dot Day.

"Dot is a clever little robot with multiple sensors and a quirky personality that powers the Do-It-Yourself projects in the new Dot Creativity Kit. Kids will learn about robotics and develop fundamental coding and problem-solving skills while having fun. Dot’s projects range from crafting and active play to storytelling and construction."


Collage by Leah Mann - All of the images tweeted! #LISDlib

Duct Tape Projects

In my mind duct tape was most effectively used by Red. Green. Duct tape has come a long way baby!

If you thought duct tape only did this...

Times have changed! This entire costume was created with duct tape.

Sites with examples:

Example of a Design Thinking lesson plan using Duct Tape. You could make any project you wanted to make, and use this as the jumping off point. It is complete with supporting materials!

Jewelry - Canywrapper

starburst wrapper bracelet tutorial!


Knitting for beginners - 

Knittingdaily - This link is for beginners with images and videos to show the simple steps to knitting.  Other videos are in this course so that you have options. 

Casting on is how you get the first row of stitches on the knitting needle. 

Here are the 2 basic types of knitting stitches -

Knit Stitch - 2 options

Purl Stitch 2 Options

Bind Off 2 Options

All Free Knitting (You must sign in, and advertisements are on the site.)
Find a video you like and link to it for your students.

Advanced Knitting

1. Easy Knit Sponge
2. Simple Drop Stitch Tank
3. Farmers Market Bag
4. Country Club Shawl
5. Easy V-Neck Vest 
6. Aran Baby Jacket
7. Summer Mesh Top
8. Easy Basket Weave Baby Blanket
9. 8 Hour Lace Shawl
10. Diagonal Check Dishcloth 
11. Mindless Sideways Shawl
12. Sunny Day Top
13. Two Hour Fingerless Gloves
14. Emily Summer Sweater
15. Basic Baby Booties 
16. Ribbon Baby Bonnet


Origami is the art of folding paper. An effective presentation of student work can be achieved by using multiple pieces as part of a large instillation.


Mission Possible--designing creative lessons for everyoneParticipants will experience a design challenge to learn how making can support instruction. Not creative? You don’t have to be!

Public Domain Image

WHAT IS THIS MAKING YOU SPEAK OF? - It is not about Technology or tools it is about designing and thinking! Making is an attitude towards the world. In education is it less about the how and much more about the pedagogy and the why.

Who are we?

What do we do?  As  LISD librarians implement MakerSpaces and STEAM labs we partner with others to facilitate the creation of an experience that focuses on a practical and creative resolution to problems.  The students work through a  solution-focused thinking process with the intent of producing a solution to a problem they define.


Documents from SMU - 



You are going to be a new type of school in LISD.  I'm sure this comes with many concerns, perhaps fears, and a lot of excitement to go into uncharted territory.  On this adventure, you will take many of your old teaching strategies and tools, but new environments require new innovations.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design a new classroom tool for a teacher or student that you think you will need in your new learning environment. 


Use the LISD Engineering Design Process (as seen below) start at "ASK

Record your learning process however you wish to share it with the group.

How do you feel about this process?  (reflection)

 Present your Solution: Share with the group your team's tool and why you think you might need it. What were your feelings during the creation process?


How has this looked when we worked with kids?

SharkTank Briarhill 


Do you just love this?  Join this group!

Dallas MakerSpcace


 STEM process from Jonas Green

FYI - 

There are many schools of thought on what steps are addressed in the engineering design process. Lewisville ISD has adopted a specific model for the STEM schools.

For more information contact Jonas Green.

Straw Weaving


Example: How To


Trela Weesner is the librarian from Briarhill Middle School. She had an afterschool MakerSpace paroject where the kids created a scarf. I asked her where she got the great idea and she said Pinterest. I thought it was just so cute and easy. This would be great for K-12.

Briarhill Middle School - Trela Weesner, Library Media Specialist

Here is her amazing project!

Tye Dye A T-Shirt

Picture of How to Tie Dye a T-Shirt


- A white t-shirt
- Disposable plastic table cloth or garbage bags
- Gloves (I had blue hands all summer, this is essential)
- Large buckets or bowls
- Fabric dye
- Salt
- Plastic squeeze bottles
- Rubber bands
- Plastic bags

Instructables Directions

Other options to choose from:

Wands from Harry Potter

I got foot-long dowel sticks at Hobby Lobby, though there are also some tutorials online that say you can use paper rolled into a tight tube. The kids added texture using hot glue and, in some cases, a wooden bead on the handle end, and then they painted the whole thing. I also had some glitter hot glue sticks that I picked up at the dollar store, thinking they might come in handy, and they did, to the point where we are now out, and I have to try to track down some more!  - Alison Ching, Downing Middle School Library Media Specialist

Students at Downing Middle School creating a wand.

Students at Downing Middle School creating their Harry Potter wands.

Additional options for wands from Pinterest: