The October MFS trip was great. It was the first time that intend of replacing my “normal” schedule with doing other interesting things, I kept up with my other work while doing cool projects. This way, I didn’t have to scramble to catch up once I got home. These are some of the things we did. Some parents brought in a fog machine, so we got it running and filled a couple of rooms with fog. Then: Light bulb! There was a pumpkin sculpting class happening in another room, so I went over there and and told them my idea. A few minutes later we had a beautifully carved pumpkin with fog gushing out of its open mouth!
A while late (after I went off to do some other things) a few people took the fog machine and started pumping fog out of the window. At that moment, a Google Street View Car drove past the building. Maybe in a couple of months, if you look up Manhattan Free School on Google Maps, you’ll see fog pouring out our window!
Geva, an MFS parent, brought in an extremely strong laser, strong enough that we had to wear special goggles and go into a separate room. After burning and melting several things as tests…
a laser was attached to the head of the 3D printer and, using some code I wrote to control the printer from the command line, we were able to laser cut paper into shapes. Here’s a video:
There is a plan to cut cool stencils out of vinyl with this at some point.
Other things that happened included:
Destroying stuffed animals,
Skateboarding and Ripstiking in the park,
and of course, tons of Pokémon!