Fall 2021 Workshops
GiE is offering two one-day hands-on workshops designed for middle school and/or high school students with limited experience with making. Students will gain practical hands-on experience and exposure to tools and techniques to transform two-dimensional materials into functional 3D forms. No experience required!
If you have any questions or would like to request a scholarship to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Small hands-on “maker-style” classes held ONLINE
- Workshop Cost: $40 each, materials and shipping included
- Small group community to help foster peer-to-peer connections and provide individualized attention
- Engaging curriculum led by UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and students.
- Intro to Paper Mechatronics, October 16, 2021, 1-3pm
- Date, Time: 16 October, 2021, 1-3pm PST
Materials: Paper Mechatronics kit (materials will be shipped ahead of time)
Expert: Sherry Hsi
Learners are introduced to mechatronics by creating a non-automated paper crank machine. Students are guided to think about the power of narrative and how to combat negative narratives by creating their own mascot with a paper kit of crank parts.
What you make and build – engineering – isn’t just about a “problem,” it’s about you. What you build can tell people who you are and what kind of world you want. Stories and technical work are not separate. Help students think about how mechanisms fit together and how change to one part can change how a whole system behaves. These are connected to questions about what designers want to communicate, how they want something to look, and what aspects of a creation they care about.
- Intro to Prototyping & Fabrication, November 13, 2021, 1-3pm
- Date, Time: 13 November, 2021 1-3pm PST
Materials: Fabrication supplies (materials will be shipped ahead of time)
Expert: Chris Myers (In collaboration with CITRIS Invention Lab)
Physical prototypes are invaluable in conveying ideas, understanding function, size and interaction, and determining usability. During this build class, students will learn rapid prototyping skills and fabrication techniques using low-cost, highly accessible materials including cardboard, paperboards, and arts and crafts supplies, in response to a design provocation.
Creating visual and working prototypes is both a skill and art form and enables the rapid exploration of ideas in three dimensions. Students will come to appreciate the intersection between art, design, and engineering and how each element contributes to everyday products.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is eligible to participate in the Fall workshops?
- Students of all gender identities who are in middle or high school are eligible for our Fall programs. We especially encourage students with limited making experience to enroll for these fun, introductory days of making.
First come, first serve. Once we reach capacity, registration will close.
- We don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Can my child still apply?
- Yes! Since these classes are offered ONLINE, any middle school or high school student may enroll. HOWEVER, please note that the workshop time is listed for PST to make sure that will fit in your schedule.
- My child has participated in a Girls in Engineering camp. Can they participate again?
- Yes! The workshops are available to alumnae and new participants.
- How much do the workshops cost?
- Each workshop costs $40. That includes the materials and shipping. Your child may be asked to provide some materials (e.g. items from your recycle bin) and common tools (e.g. scissors).
- Will the workshops be recorded?
- Unfortunately no. Due to privacy and safety concerns regarding working with minors, workshop recordings will NOT be made available.
- My child would like to attend but we cannot afford the fee. Do you offer discounts or scholarships?
- Yes! If you would like to attend the workshop but cannot afford the cost, please email email@example.com to request a scholarship. We are committed to making our program available to ALL students, regardless of means.
- What materials will you provide?
- We will provide the materials needed to complete the activities. However, you may be asked to gather recyclables that can be used in your child’s creations.
- What if I have additional questions not covered here?
- Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.