Pew Pew Lasers!

I managed to score a great STEM grant (as a drama teacher!) from Ingalls Shipbuilding to purchase a Glowforge laser cutter and some greenscreen technology. I use it to teach set design and video production. Right off the bat, I was able to do some seriously cool stuff like:

A 1/2in. scale model of our school stage, shown here with the set design for our production of Little Shop of Horrors. The cool thing is that, now that I’ve done the hard work of measuring and layout, I can cut as many models of the stage as needed. I could give every student a small empty stage and turn them loose to make their own set designs.

I also used the Glowforge to create gifts for the principal cast members. Each person got one of these LED lights with their name engraved on it (the final version was slightly different than shown here). It took about an hour each to cut and engrave, but worth it in my opinion.

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