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May 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Pacific

What You'll Do:

Cardboard is a common and inexpensive material that can be used in many ways for design and engineering. Because it’s easy to cut, bend, manipulate and decorate, it’s a perfect substance for prototyping and iterative hands-on projects. From this simple material, your students can build worlds. But how do you maximize that potential? That’s what we’ll discover together!

Some of the topics we will cover with Cardboard Engineering include qualities of various cardboard materials (chipboard versus corrugated, for example), tools for working with cardboard (canary cutters, ZipSnips, laser cutters, etc.), educational cardboard products on the market, appropriate adhesives, joining techniques for strong construction, and safety considerations. We’ll put this all to use in real-time as we work through sample projects so that you can explore the concepts as we discuss them.

You will walk away with projects and lessons that you can implement in out-of-school spaces like camps or in the classroom throughout the year.

Skill Level:

No experience is necessary.

Skills you will learn:

In this workshop, you'll learn the structural properties of various cardboard products, appropriate cutting techniques for cardboard, joining techniques, and safety considerations when using this material. We'll also explore the science of forces as they apply to buildings and other construction projects including compression, tension, shear forces, torsion, and gravity. We'll also consider the effect of various shapes and construction forms on our design, using architecture, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering as inspiration. Throughout we'll use the engineering design cycle as a guide and will discuss ways to encourage divergent and convergent thinking as they apply to the design process.

What You'll Need:

For this workshop you will need:
  • Assorted cardboard -- try to find a few different types to work with such as a shipping box and a cereal box.
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife or box cutter
  • Shop snips (optional)
  • Serrated cardboard cutter (optional)
  • Awl or screwdriver
  • Self-healing mat
  • Metal ruler and/or tape measure
  • Black marker
  • Pencil with eraser
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue stick
  • Assorted tape -- masking and/or duct tape are suggested
  • Assorted materials for joining - pipecleaners, wire ties, brass fasteners, string, etc.

What is Included:

  • A free membership to Make: Community
  • Access to discussion forums and community groups
  • Post event access to session recordings

** Tickets are nonrefundable **

About your Facilitator:

Sandy Roberts has been a certified STEM educator for over 15 years both inside and outside the classroom. She is the author of The Big Book of Maker Camp Projects and the creator of the Make: Circuit Scouts kit. Sandy has run Maker Camp programs for more than a decade teaching thousands of young makers about electronics and other topics. Now she is part of the Make: team that brings Maker Camp to hundreds of locations worldwide each summer.



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  • May 14, 2022 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Pacific)
Age Range: 18+
Have questions or comments? Email us at makercampus@make.co

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