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STEAM and Puppetry Workshops

STEAM and Puppetry with Felicia Cooper, Session 1

The Ballard Institute presents a three-session exploration of STEAM in Puppetry! The culmination of an independent study by graduate student Felicia Cooper, these workshops give an overview of the engineering principles that appear in the puppet design process. Learn about simple machines, methods of attachment, three-dimensional sketching, and using repurposed materials. In the spirit of the maker movement, we engage in the iterative process and creative thinking as we celebrate the intersection of puppetry and STEAM education. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

Session 1: Design with recycled materials and work from two dimensions to three to make a prototype puppet! We’ll talk about dimensions and the planning process. For this one, you’ll need tape, recycled materials, cardboard, newspaper, paper, pencil, and a ruler.

Originally streamed on Facebook on 4/29/20.

STEAM and Puppetry with Felicia Cooper, Session 2, Part 1

The Ballard Institute presents a three-session exploration of STEAM in Puppetry! The culmination of an independent study by graduate student Felicia Cooper, these workshops give an overview of the engineering principles that appear in the puppet design process. Learn about simple machines, methods of attachment, three-dimensional sketching, and using repurposed materials. In the spirit of the maker movement, we engage in the iterative process and creative thinking as we celebrate the intersection of puppetry and STEAM education! Recommended for ages 7 and up.

For session 2: Learn about simple machines and how they’re used in puppetry! We’ll engage in an iterative process and think through problem-solving together. You’ll need a spoon, a cup, recycled materials, and a curious mind.

Originally streamed on Facebook on 5/1/20.

STEAM and Puppetry with Felicia Cooper, Session 2, Part 2

The Ballard Institute presents a three-session exploration of STEAM in Puppetry! The culmination of an independent study by graduate student Felicia Cooper, these workshops give an overview of the engineering principles that appear in the puppet design process. Learn about simple machines, methods of attachment, three-dimensional sketching, and using repurposed materials. In the spirit of the maker movement, we engage in the iterative process and creative thinking as we celebrate the intersection of puppetry and STEAM education! Recommended for ages 7 and up.

For session 2: Learn about simple machines and how they’re used in puppetry! We’ll engage in an iterative process and think through problem-solving together. You’ll need a spoon, a cup, recycled materials, and a curious mind.

Originally streamed on Facebook on 5/1/20.

STEAM and Puppetry with Felicia Cooper, Session 3

The Ballard Institute presents a three-session exploration of STEAM in Puppetry! The culmination of an independent study by graduate student Felicia Cooper, these workshops give an overview of the engineering principles that appear in the puppet design process. Learn about simple machines, methods of attachment, three-dimensional sketching, and using repurposed materials. In the spirit of the maker movement, we engage in the iterative process and creative thinking as we celebrate the intersection of puppetry and STEAM education Recommended for ages 7 and up.

For session 3: We’ll apply what we’ve learned in sessions one and two to create a puppet that waves hello! In this session, we’ll discuss methods of attachment, design feedback, and weight transfer. You’ll need recycled materials, newspaper, tape, a dowel or stick, and scissors.

Originally streamed on Facebook on 5/6/20.