Social Innovation Lab

Please join us May 3rd from 7:45-8:45 am in the MS Library to listen to:

Darius Graham, Director of the Social Innovation Lab at The Johns Hopkins University!

The Social Innovation Lab (SIL) at The Johns Hopkins University supports innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies that aim to create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond.

Open to Baltimore-area changemakers and Johns Hopkins faculty, students and staff, SIL provides social entrepreneurs the funding, mentorship, office space and workshops they need to develop into thriving, sustainable ventures that make a measurable impact.



This year marks the Friends School of Baltimore first entry into the FabSLAM held by DIgital Harbor Foundation.  The FabSLAM is a multi-week, team-based, digital fabrication competition where youth learn and practice design, iteration, and rapid prototyping skills primarily focused on 3D Design and 3D Printing. A challenge theme is presented and each team works to develop a product that fits the theme and meets any accompanying requirements. Each team works with a Coach to help guide the team through the challenge and aid in documentation. FabSLAM culminates in a FabSLAM Showcase where teams present their products to a panel of judges and a public audience for review and feedback.

2017 Challenge Theme


For this challenge theme, identify a problem you may encounter when using transportation that could be addressed using 3D printing and digital fabrication.

More information:

  • Identify a problem you might encounter when using any form of transportation.
  • Use digital fabrication methods (3D printing) to create a solution to the problem you have identified.
    • This might be a fabricated model of a new approach to a transportation system problem,
    • OR it might be a product that would solve a specific need or problem encountered when using transportation

Teams of youth in grades 3-12 (with an adult coach) are invited to register and join us to compete in this 3D printing competition. It doesn’t matter where you are geographically located in Maryland, as long as you can attend the FabSLAM Showcase at the end of the program on Thursday May 4, 2017.


Middle School Librarian Mrs Thompson and Mr Barnes are coaching the middle school team.


Presentations are underway: 7th Grade Insterument project.

Presentations are underway: 7th Grade Insterument project—

Mrs Audette. Middle School Music

What I hope they are accomplishing and what they are actually accomplishing are quite different.  However, if they follow the plan presented in the original overview, they discuss the instrument in accordance to its western and world instrument designation.  Then they  describe the elements of the instrument in terms of how sound is created in that medium.  Each of the students give a step by step narrative of their processes, they play a piece or tell a story to demonstrate the functionality of the instrument, and they conclude by telling us what they have learned.


Throughout the process, we are cultivating curiosity,  creative problem solving, collaboration, time management, and above all, resilience.  They also learn how to use power tools and to craft and build instruments of their choice.  All of them learn – some by researching first, and some, in rare cases,  by building something that is sub standard.  Regardless, learning has taken place, and it can be applied anywhere else that life takes them.

–Mrs Audette. Middle School Music.

Écran vert!

Les étudiants de Français 2 vous présentent des vidéoguides touristiques de Paris crées avec une nouvelle application sur le iPad. M. Barnes leur a appris à utiliser cette technologie avec les ressources necessaires qui se trouvent dans l’atelier Makerspace au sous-sol du collège. C’est vraiment amusant et utile pour les cours de langues!

Today, Mrs Dahira Binford’s French 2 classes visited the Upper School makerspace for greenscreen demos and training by Mr Barnes.

Vespa Club update. Finesse vs brute force 

Today the Upper School Vespa restoration club made some headway on the 1968 V90 rebuild. “Getting engine seals seated correctly can be both a measure of brute force and gentle finesse.” Says Mr Antonio-Barnes. The students did really well today with getting the seals in and our engine should be finished within 3 more meetings. All are welcome to join. The club meets on days 3,4,10 L-Block in the Makerspace.