Monthly Archives: April 2014

More Electrifying Paper Engineering, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Meeting with the National Museum of Women in the Arts Education Department

In a meeting last week with the education staff at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Deborah Gaston, Addie, Ashley and Lucinda Presley) we discussed how to incorporate lights into pop-up cards as part of the museum’s ongoing programs combining art and science. I reviewed my experience with public school teachers in Charlottesville, Virginia, and we outlined the steps in a possible lesson plan. Plus, we tried some hands-on circuitry ourselves. After that, a trip to my favorite nearby eatery, Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken for their famous Creme Brulee doughnuts.

Brass screws used as electrical connectorsMultiple LED circuitAstro Doughnuts Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken

Electric Pop-Ups, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Glen Bull and Carol Barton at Charlottesville High School, VACarol Barton showing circuit for pop-up card

Jie Qi's circuit sticker prototypes
It was a teacher workshop session filled with surprises, including trips to the darkness of the women’s (rebranded unisex) bathroom to see our lighted projects working. The workshop I gave last Friday for teachers in the Charlotteville, Virginia, city school system was a successful attempt to combine a basic electric light circuit with a pop-up card. We began working through a series of pop-up structures, then built a circuit made of a lithium battery, copper tape, an LED sticker light, and a sliding paper switch to turn the light on and off as the card opened and closed. With the addition of a pop-up, we achieved lighted campfires, buildings, and creatures. The challenge for the teachers now is to work this into a lesson on paper engineering and electronics for their summer school students. Thanks to the Noyce Foundation for funding this project and to all who participated!

Lighted pop-up by Cam Ellis, Virginia Monroe and Desmond Cormier

Lighted pop-up by Cam Ellis, Virginia Monroe and Desmond Cormier

A Pop-Up Feast at the Corcoran College of Art + Design

Causa Rellena pop-up page spread, Magdalena Cordero

Best Churros Ever Pop-Up Page Spread,  Jihae Kwon

My Corcoran paper engineering students have been cooking up a three-dimensional storm, with pop-up foods illustrating a recipe of their choice. Dishes represent an international fare, including Chilean causa rellena, Mexican churros,  insalata di fagioli, chicken and cheese enchiladas, couscous tangine, cheese souffle and pop0vers. Then for dessert there are Nutella cookies and chocolate pudding pie. Who could resist? At the end of the semester we’ll be having a picnic with the real foods on the table.

Insalata di Faggioli pop-up page spread, Susanne AllenMom's Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas pop-up page spread, Amy Nichols

Couscous Tangine pop-up page spread, Fatima ElgarchNormandie Farms Popovers pop-up page spread, Jody Cabezas

Cheese Souffle pop-up page spread, Julie GarciaNutella Cookies pop-up page spread, Julie Shea

Chocolate Pudding Pie pop-up page spread, Krista Sharp

 

Pop-Up Lessons in Pittsfield, New Hampshire

Pittsfield, Bill and elementary school teachersPittsfield Middle High School, New Hampshire

Pittsfield MHS teacher My flight arrived in Manchester, New Hampshire, Wednesday evening, and I had a beautiful drive from there to Concord where I was staying. Up early the next morning, I proceeded to Pittsfield  and I had a great day working with a group of eight middle and high school teachers, exploring the subject of paper engineering and how it can be integrated into lessons on such varied subjects as math, science, reading and literature. We spent the day building pop-up models and discussing possible links to classroom curricula. I think everyone had a good time, as can be seen by the results here.

Pittsfield MHS teacher Pittsfield MHS teachers

After school, art teacher Bill Mitchell and I visited the Pittsfield Youth Workshop where a group of young paper enthusiasts designed pop-ups of their own. They immediately came up with ideas for cards to give to people they knew.

Pittsfield Youth Workshop studentPittsfield Youth Workshop student

Friday was spent with another group — elementary school teachers from various schools in the Pittsfield School District. The teachers had no problem linking the pop-up structures to lessons they could present in their classrooms, and appreciated the idea that designing pop-ups prepares kids from an early age for future work in three-dimensional design and mechanics. It was a fast-paced two days, and I’m anxious to hear how these teachers’ students respond to making pop-ups as part of future class projects. Thank you again for inviting me to Pittsfield Middle High School!

Pittsfield Elementary school teacher 3 Pittsfield Elementary school teacher