At the beginning of the school year, Ms. Heinan’s sophomore advisory group decided to develop a community service project that they could work on together and use Madeira’s state of the art Maker Space and Fab Lab.
The group decided to make puppets for the NOVA Head Start program where Madeira students have been working via the Co-Curriculum program for years. Head Start is a national child development program that serves families with children from birth to age five, and expectant parents. The program is designed to prepare children for success in school by enhancing their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development.
With the help of Ms. Roy, Maker Space and Fab Lab guru, the students searched templates and patterns to pick out the best puppet designs. They decided, after much research, to draw the animals themselves. After completing their sketches, they scanned them into Adobe Illustrator and perfected their designs. “The students had a very clear idea of how they wanted the faces of the animals to look,” said Ms. Roy.
They fed colorful felt through the laser cutter and then sewed the various parts together, some students having never used a sewing machine before. Madeira’s Maker Space and Fab Lab includes a laser cutter, 3-D printer and sauntering tools among many other instruments one can use to create anything the brain can imagine.
After working on the puppets once a week over several months, the students presented the puppets to Ms. Hamel, Director of the Co-Curriculum Program. Ms. Hamel will deliver the puppets to Head Start this summer.Parents Leadership Student Life