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PAPER MAKER- STEAM Across Curriculum Designing and Constructing with Paper (Spring 2020)

April 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm



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Dates: 4/4/2020, 4/25/2020, 5/2/2020, 5/9/2020, 5/16/2020, 5/30/2020
(6 Saturdays)
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Credits: 3 P-Credit/45 CTLE hour

MFTA incorporates STEAM into each project-based learning workshop designed for implementation across the classroom curriculum, easily modified, easy to turn-key, participants will be able to provide a diverse level of learning techniques to reach all modalities of learners in the classroom. In this studio art course, participants will experiment with numerous techniques found in cutting, folding, shaping and molding multiple weights and sizes of paper found in the MFTA warehouse. Participants use investigative thinking skills and problem-solving through a series of hands-on learning projects that promote higher cognitive learning skills. Days are divided into

1). Application of engineering skills to design small 3D models out of origami, kirigami, and pop-ups, integrating project-based learning into math, science, ELA and social studies curriculum.

2). Designing with drafting tools to create blueprints, graphs, stencils, templates, and patterns, participants will use one design and fabricate it into a 3D model thematic to their classroom curriculum to be used as part of their final presentation.

3). Building aerodynamic and fluid dynamic designs—airplanes, pinwheels, fans, cars, and boats highlighting the study of the motion of air and water, and it’s interaction with the paper model designs.

4) Production of paper pulp as modeling ‘clay’ to create an inanimate object informed by a culture, time period or literary reference to be used as a prop for final oral presentation.

5) Group work: peers work together in the morning to create mini paper furniture to use in a stop animation clip and afternoon to create a geodesic dome using triangles, pentagons, and hexagons as team building math projects.

6). Bridge Building, using a variety of cardboard tubes, boxes, flat-file folders and papers of multiple weights, participants will apply scientific and mathematical concepts to collectively design a model bridge that can sustain weight and moving objects.

Each day participants will be given articles to read and time for reflection pertaining to critical consciousness, creating brave classrooms and unpacking culturally responsive sustaining education practices. Participants will share in group discussion prior knowledge/newly gained information and how these practices can be integrated into their classroom curriculum.


*To receive p-credits, participants must RSVP and and pay an additional fee through the ASPDP website, in addition to registering with the MFTA website.



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April 4, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Foundry
42-38 9th Street
Queens, NY 11101 United States
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Materials for the Arts
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