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Maker Mobile Spreads DIY Culture on Hill Campus
Posted 11/09/2014 06:54PM
What has four wheels, a vacuum cleaner, a band saw, an orbital sander, and every size wrench you can imagine?

Riverdale's new Maker Mobile, designed to spread the school's Maker Culture throughout the Middle and Upper Schools.

Josh Merrow, art/science teacher and STEM integrator, built the cart so that any class could easily incorporate hands-on projects into their lessons. Most of the Maker projects in the school are built in a well-equipped space in the arts center, across the campus from the main academic buildings. The cart enables math and science classes, in particular, to study math and science in a different way.

In the coming weeks, Merrow will be working with a 6th grade class on making chairs and stools out of cast-off materials. He's already imagining the sewing machines whirring, and scraps of fabric, foam and metal coming together in surprising ways. "We'll start with furniture to get warmed," he said. "Then it's on to circuit design. Every project we do comes down to problem-solving, usually in a group. I'm looking forward to it."

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