Hammers and drills are strumming along in the Upper School Makerspace

Update: 7th grade Musical Instrument project, week 2!

Here is a peek into Mrs Audette’s assignment:  

You will brainstorm, research, design and create your own musical instrument as part of our unit study on instruments. The most successful projects will involve thorough research, so be sure to find an instrument that truly interests you. There are many sites available online and countless others waiting to be discovered.  Books and other print sources are also reserved on the music reserve shelf of the Middle School Library to help guide you.  You will need to use at least 3 sources of two different types in order to complete the assignment.  

Kinetics Club making progress


Last week, the Upper School Kinetics Sculpture club took to the city along with club adviser, US principal Mr McManus and Makerspace Program Coordinator, Mr Antonio-Barnes visited local fabricator Tim Scofield at his downtown studio. There the club shared plans for the welding stage of this years entry into the AVAM Kinetic Sculpture Race. Club members Chase and Carter were on had to deliver the two bicycles and discuss the latest iteration of the clubs build.  Future tips will be needed as the build takes shape and adjustments are made to the design.

ALSO! Keep an eye out for Tim Scofield’s works in the upcoming Light City Baltimore festival.

Tim Scofield-

Is a sculptor from Northern Illinois who graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Visual & Performing Arts with an MFA. From 2000 – 2008 he was on staff at Maryland Institute College of Art running the metal shop & casting foundry. From 2009 until early 2015, Tim was the lead fabricator at  a small residential & commercial metal shop that produces light structural and miscellaneous metal work. During this period Tim along with Mara Neimanis, co-founded & performed in the Baltimore Alley Aerial Festival, which ran for three years. He has exhibited sculpture in Baltimore’s Artscape, Chicago’s Pier Walk, Sarasota Florida’s Bayfront.

Currently, Tim is the owner & operator of Tim Scofield Studios that produces aerial performance apparatus, custom designed furniture, props for video production and sculpture.

Time to check the water.

Art Technology Media and Design-Upper School Art Department teacher Mr Antonio-Barnes.

Students we’re asked how they could use the data collecting power of small cheap microproseccors coupled with sensors to help the Aquaponics club current system. The class identified and attempted 4 different solutions to “problems” or variables they found as potential factors to monitor: tempeture/humidity of the green house , light from the UV lamps, water levels in the system cycle and PH level of the water itself. Students were able to build off of existing examples of sensors for the Arduino platform and had to design, build and test enclosures to protect the electrical componets within the wet environment of the science departments greenhouse . Mrs Jenkins, Upper School Science teacher and Aquaponics Advisor welcomed the classes solutions to the clubs system and current club members are now reiterating the sensors with some of the ATMD students. The project continues with one possible goal of automated data reports being set via Wifi to club members phone and spreadsheets to log the data over time. -Mr Barnes

Ancient History explored,hands on in Upper School Latin.

This week in the Upper School Maker Space, Ms Countess and her Latin 1,2,3 classes utilized the Maker Space for their 3rd quarter project. Students are exploring the Ancient world by recreating many examples of scientific creations, may of which we still use today.

Example of a project: “Ancient Physics and Mathematics of Archimedes: Students should explore the scientific creations of the ancient world. These should include Archimedes screw, Archimedes claw, heat ray, improved lever, block and tackle pulley systems, improved catapult, odometer, the planetarium or the orrery ray.
Faculty using the Maker Space are supported by the Makerspave Program Coordinator, Mr Ramsay Antonio-Barnes.

Call for Materials! / 7th Grade Instrument Makers

Our 7th graders have embarked on their instrument projects, and the level of excitement is palpable.  This year, we are making every effort to use “found materials” as much as possible so that all students have an equal chance to create an instrument in which they can take pride. That said, they are going through materials at a quick rate as they are building, and some things are not present in the maker space.  If you have any of these items at home, and you are ready to clean out your closets, please bring these materials in this week.  We will be most appreciative!



Items needed:

  • Fishing wire
  • Jewelry stretchy beading thread of all thicknesses
  • Wooden cigar boxes (L, N, S) sizes
  • Copper pipes of various lengths ½ inch or ¾”
  • PVC pipe ¾” tube and various lengths and widths
  • Sheet metal scraps and leftover sheets
  • Jar of random nuts and bolts
  • Clothes pins
  • A broom
  • ¼” or 1/8” plywood of various sizes and shapes
  • Lucite sheets
  • Leather or chamois cloth
  • Polyethylene sheets
  • Used violin, viola, cello, guitar, harp strings
  • Old instrument parts – bridges, keys, mouthpieces, etc…
  • Used tuning pegs
  • PVC plumbing parts(elbows, etc…)
  • Copper plumbing parts (elbows, etc…)
  • Hard beads – plastic, metal or wood of various sizes
  • Tea tins
  • 2 x 4’s or various scraps and lengths of wood
  • Thin chord
  • Plastic jugs (water bottles from machines)
  • 5 gallon paint buckets
  • Old rakes
  • Anything that you might think could be useful

Please Bring Items to the Upper School Maker Space

Thank you all!  We look forward to sharing our creations with you!



Cecile Audette and the 7th Grade Instrument Makers