History comes to life at FSB: A visit from Digital History Studios

We are happy to announce our latest guest in the Maker Speaker Series

in conjunction with the

Upper School History Department.

 Location and Time:

Thursday, March 23rd
1:05-2:20  Lunch and M Block

Upper School 300 Rooms
Pizza will be provided courtesy of the Maker Speaker Series

All divisions, faculty and students welcome.

Our guest Mr. Robert Cloutier of Digital History Studios we’ll be visiting our campus to share his games design experiences and 360 view Animation pieces that bring historical events to life. He has spent 12 years in the games industry working on many title’s. Mr Cloutier worked on a team that brought us:  Sid Meier’s Civilization IV

Mr. Cloutier will be speaking about his process of designing a virtual experience in a historical context, the types of gaming software he uses, research methods for his projects and careers in gaming. He’s worked on many historically based projects for major institutions such as Discovery, Smithsonian Institution and Newseum in Washington DC.


A mobile-based VR headset will be available for students to experience his games and 360 animation pieces during his presentation such as:

  • 1 Korean War piece – MIG-15 Aircraft over North Korea
  • 1 WWII piece – Berlin 1945
  • 1 Civil War piece (new) – Ironclads at Hampton Roads
  • 1 Cold War piece – A 360 render of the Berlin Wall project. currently being developed for the Newseum in Washington DC
  • 2 WWI pieces – Trench and Zeppelins over London

Mrs Molly Smith-Upper School History Department Chair

Rob Cloutier talked about how he was able to combine his love for history with his interest in technology, especially in the realm of virtual reality. He showed us some of the simulations he has worked on, but he also talked about his process. His work brings history to life; students were able to experience the Berlin Wall up close, or what is was like to walk through the streets of Berlin in 1945 or a World War I trench, or be in a fighter plane. He showed the students how a 3-d rendering of a map can convey information in such a powerful way, as we watched Napoleon’s army dwindle as his invasion of Russia ultimately failed.

We focus on research a lot in our history curriculum, and Rob spoke about the role of research in his process of learning in order to create his simulations. We often think of historians as writers, but Rob gave us a different way of thinking about history. He talked about the many different ways that history as a discipline can help students in a variety of career fields, which was great. At the same time, he may have sparked some students interest in becoming visual historians.

Links to Mr. Cloutier work



STEM talk Tuesday 3/28

Dr. Renee Blanding will be our STEM speaker this Tuesday 3/28 (Day 8) in Dr. Hilgartner’s room (SM 106) during L block.  
Since 1992, Dr. Renee Blanding has been a staff anesthesiologist at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She has served as medical director of the Medical Center’s operating room for seven years, and was named vice president of medical affairs in 2011.  She received her medical degree from University of Florida College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Anyone without an L block conflict is welcome to attend.  We hope to see you there.

Programming Club: Hacking demo

This is a reminder about Jonathan Keegan’s special presentation during clubs block today in SM 112.

Today Jonathan K., co-head of Programming Club, guided students through a quick tutorial and overview on using “Cheat Engine 6.6” during Clubs Block.

Cheat Engine is an open source tool designed to help you with modifying single player games running under window so you can make them harder or easier depending on your preference(e.g: Find that 100hp is too easy, try playing a game with a max of 1 HP), but also contains other useful tools to help debugging games and even normal applications.


It comes with a memory scanner to quickly scan for variables used within a game and allow you to change them, but it also comes with a debugger, disassembler, assembler, speed-hack, trainer maker, direct 3D manipulation tools, system inspection tools and more.





 Automotive Physics -Upper School

Does it open or close

Does the box open or close?

Today students in Automotive Physics were back to working hard after a long over due spring break. The bike builds are almost complete with only the fuel system and Chain drives to be completed.  Test rides will most likley happen in 2 weeks time.-Mr Antonio-Barnes


Drone Racing comes to Baltimore!

Drone Racing at OpenWorks Baltimore



You’ve come to the right place! Global Air Media and Open Works have announced the launch of the ‘Baltimore Drone Racing League’, Baltimore’s first recreational drone racing league for participants of all skill levels and age groups. Drone racing is a new and extremely exciting sport growing across the country, and we offer racers a unique opportunity to design, build, and race their own drone through our ‘Build & Race’ workshop’. Racers will have a chance to learn about drone components and customize their own quadcopter for team competitive racing. This ongoing recreational league will keep participants engaged in STEM-related topics including, 3D printing, design, building, and flying their drone.

WBAL news feature on the upcoming race. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjbHA6TMCuE