MVHS Make Notes



Posted: February 15, 2017

Download this file and rename it with your name.  This is to be completed by Monday and you will be posting it to the MakerSpace page...details on how to do that will be on Monday.

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Posted: February 14, 2017

After you have completed the safety modules and researched the technologies, now need to find a partner and begin to work together on your project proposal. Keep in mind that the MakerSpace technologies are available for all groups but we are hoping that a pair of students will take ownership of a particular technology. As well, more than one technology can be used in a final project build.  Here are some good sites for project ideas...

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Posted: February 9, 2017

Discussion of design process and how to maintain a engineering notebook.  Also discussed possible projects...see attached lesson.

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Posted: February 6, 2017

Check out PowerPoint presentation on projects done in our MakerSpace.  As well, check out the links to videos that explain the vision behind the MAKE movement.

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Posted: January 19, 2017

Great job done by MVHSMake students who presented their final projects.  Thanks to our guests for participating in the presentation too!  

Posted: January 10, 2017

On Wednesday, we will be in the computer lab to begin working on final project presentation/summary video.  Since these will summarize what you will be doing over the next couple weeks, I have decided to make the last journal entry a reflection journal that EACH STUDENT MUST COMPLETE INDIVIDUALLY and link their responses in their project static page. I will be marking this one out of 20 and it will be an individual mark.  I suggest completing the journal in word and then upload to the MakerSpace website. 

Be sure to complete and answer the descriptive in your responses!

1)  What was your highlight moment/event of the semester in this course?

2)  What did you find most frustrating about the course?

3)  This course is designed to apply the 4 C's...discuss whether you have developed in each of these areas:


4)  Now that the course is near completion, what is one (or more) key take away(s) from the course.

5)  Include a video clip and/or picture that showcases your contribution to the course.

NOTE:  This journal entry will be due MONDAY, JANUARY 16TH


We started our assembly line, we are now producing coffee mugs with custom text and logos, and also making t-shirts for the MVHS resource department.  We had a bunch of orders for coffee mugs and it always kept us with a new task each day.  With some of the images that we tried to cut, the turned out bad, so we had to work in the software to try and make the image work.  Everyday was essentially someone peel vinyl, someone press the vinyl onto whatever surface, and someone cut the vinyl.  We had many satified customers.  We are making low price products that are very customizable, and it's getting popular.  We've had many different people aproach us because they liked what we are doing. 




-This week in the Makerspace we worked on the 2016 MVHS Drag Team Logo, the original image wouldn't work with our vnyl cutting software because of the glare that was on the pistons on the original image.  We went to Mr. Whalen for help, he used Adobe Illistrator to re-create the image in a monochrome version of the image so it would work when we went to cut it, but we decided to change the logo to a Cragar wheel on a Radial T/A tire and 2016 MVHS Drag Team written in white letters on the tire.  We also tested a few different heat transfer prints and tried them on coffee mugs.  We found out that we needed to keep the pressure and heat on the coffee (suramic) mug for 60 seconds at the temperature of 305 degrees celcius to keep the image from peeling off in the dishwasher.  After we found that out, Mr. Whalen asked us to put three different images on three different mugs, so we did.  We are almost to the point of making this into a assembly line.  

For our first couple weeks of the second project, we had to learn how to use our latest piece of technology, the heat press.  So we went on the internet and rescearched the technology on how to set it up for different materials.  We looked up the settings for our vinyl cutter because the heat transfer vinyl is a different thickness that the standard vinyl that we normally use, so we had to set it up differently.  Once we figured out everything, we tested it on a couple hats, a t-shirt and a coffee mug.  


- Images

Posted: November 9, 2016

-  use the guide from the Brilliant Labs SuperPower Challenge to help you develop you own Business Model for project #2.

-  use the key points and questions for developing your own idea.

-  use relevant websites to research your venture. 

-  I have attached a Word document with the headings of each of the sections.

-  save this file to a USB or H drive and begin working on the details.

***This will be due next week...successful ventures involve lots of planning!

See attached rubrics for each of the elements required for project #1.  Powerpoint/Prezi and summary video are both due on my desktop Monday, November 7th...earlier would be great!  Presentations will happen during class on Monday so be prepared to present.  You will be evaluated by myself, a few guests and your peers.

During the past week we worked on our Beatles guitar project.  On Monday we went over to NBCC to listen to Alex MacLean talk about the bussiness aspect of his ever growing company known as East Coast Lifestyle (and also West Coast Lifestyle).  He spoke about a small school project turned into a bussiness.  He started by selling 30 sweaters to his friends and family, and people started noticing the sweaters and wanted them, so he asked his dad for $800 and started selling them out of his front yard in Halifax.  Alex also talked about the power of social media with upcoming bussinesses.  When we got back from NBCC, I started working on other protypes for the pickguard for the guitar we are painting. (images).  From Tuesday until Thursday we continued working on prototypes using Tinkercad, and we 3D printed the signature that hasn't been working properly for us at all.  I think we are at the point to try etching down instead of up because it keeps turning out messy and seems to want to break off.  Friday we went to the lecture theatre to listen to the Kinsmen club of Canada talk aboput volenteer work.

Posted: October 24, 2016

See attached assignment for details and instructions.  This assignment is due on Friday and you must send the .stl file to  If you finish early...send it along as I will begin to print them.

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During the past week and a half, we started working on painting a guitar that we are going to put the union jack on along with a pickguard that we are going to 3D print that has the John Lennon signature and face on it.  We wore off the shine on the body of the guitar to help the primer stick to the guitar.  The primer was very thick and hard to work with, and it bubbled a bit, so we sanded it back down, and to this point we have the first base coat on, but it was very windy when we sprayed it outside, but it seems to be looking good to this point, and the pickguard is almost finalized.  It was my first time using tinkercad so it's all a learning expirence.


For this week in the makerspace, we finally started working with the different technologies. 

Monday, we were shown tips on using the older vinyl cutter, and working with vinyl it's self.  Devon and I made a few stickers for our selves. 

Tuesday we started rescearching into airbrushing and designs for airbrushing an acoustic guitar inspired by John Prine.  We also helped to transfer vinyl on signs for above the doors around the school. 

Wednesday we were shown tips on using Windows Movie Maker. 

Thursday we were set the task of creating a video to promote our school football team using Windows Movie Maker. 

Friday, our task was to complete this journal.

We did not have to troubleshoot any problems with any technology yet.