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Topic: Stencilled Symbol Blankets for Math, Science & Engineering Careers  (Read 882 times)
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« on: July 29, 2013 02:42:04 PM »

I'm putting these here and not in quilting, because they're really not proper quilts and it's really all about the images Smiley But, if it needs moving, let me know!

Once upon a time, at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, I had a new class dropped in my class- Tech Ed. We were given no lessons & no supplies, just a list of standards we needed to teach. I'd have 4 groups, one per term. One of the standards is using symbols to communicate an idea. 

Each student chose a Science, Math or Engineering career and had to design a symbol to represent it. Then, they cut out a stencil (made with Contact paper) and stuck it to a square of fabric. They then sponged fabric paint onto the fabric, peeled away the stencil and had a white image with a colored background.

My goal was to stitch the squares from each group into a blanket, and then "raffle" it off to a student from each group. At the end of the year, I had all of the squares trimmed to size (even though they should have, they didn't all come out the same size when the kids made them) and had two of the groups' squares pieced together. I had intended to finish them over the summer, but a a heavy load of summer classes made that impossible. Over Columbus Day weekend, I finally finished them (I pieced them together and then stitched a piece of a fleece blanket to the back) and was all set to give them to the kids after the weekend, until my friends (who make proper quilts) said, "You have to put a label on it!" Fast forward to June... Despite buying the fabric and the embroidery floss and having plenty of snow days and vacation time, I kept putting it off until the night before the last day of school when I hastily wrote out some labels, used the magic of Wonder Under and ironed them on. And the kids were happy. And the project was finally out of my living room. The end.

Here they are!







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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013 12:04:53 AM »

You did a great job even if it took longer than planned - and it was a good teaching idea too.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013 07:26:21 PM »

Thanks! And, I consider it a short time from start to finish, relatively speaking. Somewhere, I have a stack of squares from when I did this with a group of 8th graders about 12 years ago. I started to cut the blocks to size and somehow messed it up. I guess I should dig them out and deal with it. And then, I could hang it in my classroom and see how many careers the kids can guess! Not that I remember what they all were...
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