Avison Grant Funds CFS Maker-In-Residence

Cambridge Friends School is delighted to be a recipient of a Charles and Miriam Avison Charitable fund award of $7,000 toward a CFS Maker-in-Residence program, for the 2016-2017 school year. The Maker-In-Residence program augments the CFS MakerSpace, by bringing outside makers and tinkerers to Cambridge Friends School.

Already this year, students in pre-Kindergarten through grade 2 learned some of the history of kite flying when Sea Side Kites led a workshop on kite making. The kite-making workshop complemented the first grade class’s yearlong study of sustainable energy sources and wind energy, connecting planetary stewardship and community building. Second grade students study wind and weather as part of their regular science curriculum.

Grades 2, 3, 4, and 8 worked with Parts and Crafts to deepen their learning through making. Parts and Crafts brought materials and projects that introduced new processes and materials while complementing classroom curricula for Grades 2-4. For the eighth grade, students’ particular interests directed what projects groups of students explored. After school, Parts and Crafts gave faculty an opportunity to use the same materials and ask deeper questions. Parts and Crafts makers and faculty members had a lively informal conversation about the intersection of classroom curricula and open-ended exploration in Maker Spaces.
Mike Dawson, of Dawson Design Build, who has provided his expertise for past CFS MakerSpace projects, is working with the Purple Room to create a wooden structure to be a free book exchange sited on the CFS campus. Students worked with Mike to determine what structural elements they would need, to draw individual conceptual drawings, and to create a composite group design. The woodworking has just begun!

Lower School art teacher Katy Boelter-Dimock is overseeing the Cambridge Friends School Maker-In-Residence program. Additional guest Makers-In-Residence will be bringing their particular brand of tinkering and making to Cambridge Friends School in winter and spring 2017.

The Kathryn and Charles Avison-Miriam Avison Charitable Fund at the Boston Foundation was established through the estate of these long-time members of Friends Meeting at Cambridge (FMC). The Avison Fund is administered by a board comprised of FMC members that advises the Boston Foundation in issuing grants, up to 20% of which may go to Quaker organizations.
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