We started our first class with an introduction to cardboard construction tools, materials, and strategies. Students watched a few tutorial videos, then experimented with the tools and materials and the building strategies covered. You can see the video tutorials here.
This year, I am using a new documentation tool called Headrush, which allows students to not only document all the work and their thinking, but to develop a structure around their projects from start to finish. We can set up specific tasks related to different stages of creation, and upload evidence via Google Docs, photos, videos, and more. Headrush also allows me to evaluate student work based on criteria that I either select or develop. In my case, I am using Costa's and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind. For further reading on the Habits of Mind, here is an article from Edutopia.
Once the topic of project #1 was announced, students brainstormed ideas into Headrush, and looked for reference materials on the web related to their potential characters.
We ended the day with a viewing and discussion of an episode of Adam Savage's One Day Build, about the creation of Starlord's Walkman from Guardians of the Galaxy. There are so many valuable gems for makers inside these episodes, and this one in particular fit the bill as it related to costume design specifically. In addition to seeing how he uses all of his tools and hearing the strategies and tips he gives while building, there are also words of wisdom to glean from statements like "Every bit of precision you give your construction at the beginning of your build is time you save at the other side of your build."
When we come back next week, we will begin to sketch out some initial ideas, and create our list of materials and tools.