At the Unalakleet school, a new class has been added to the curriculum for students that currently no other school in the Bering Strait School District offers. It’s called Fab Lab. (Read the full article below).

In November, 10 teachers from Unalakleet, Brevig Mission, Shishmaref, Savoonga, Stebbins, and White Mountain gathered at the FabLab pilot classroom in Unalakleet to explore, design, create, and innovate. This type of professional development was a first for the district, and hopefully sparks a movement in getting other schools in the region set up with a FabLab for student design and industry.

"I enjoyed learning how to work with this technology. It is amazing what someone who has very little artistic and creative capacity can accomplish when given the proper tools and a bit of training. Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this happen!" -J.C.

"I really think that a great job was done with differentiated instruction. I feel that I (a person with very little knowledge) got a lot out of this weekend and in talking to others (with much more knowledge) also got a lot out of this weekend. Thank you so much for this opportunity!" B.H.

Teachers design tessellations to cut on the laser engraver.

Teachers created tessellating designs to cut on the laser engraver, used Rhino software to draft designs for vinyl stickers, experimented with the 3D printer, and painted a collaborative tessellating mosaic!