LAS Journal

Makerspace exhibition at Leysin American School in Switzerland

Developing innovative global citizens is at the forefront of our mission here at LAS. Encouraging students to think outside the box and use their problem-solving skills to experiment with new ideas is something that we truly believe will generate future world leaders.

In December, our Maker Faire allowed students to showcase three projects: Upcycling, Shoe Design, and a Plywood Challenge. These projects enabled students to showcase their innovative ideas and combine learning from the different subjects they study. The students impressed us with their projects, from a lightsaber and an etched map of Leysin to a car and a wooden toolbox.

The Upcycling Project focused on turning would-be waste into something useful. In a world where our environment is often taken for granted, reusing and recycling materials is imperative to reduce our impact on the planet. 

The second project required the students to design shoes, either digitally or in physical form as a prototype, and our last project was the Plywood Challenge, where students had to turn a 1.25m x 1.25m board into something new. This gave them complete creative freedom, which was both daunting and liberating. 

The Maker Faire allowed our talented students to show off their impressive work to their peers and faculty members, and encouraged them to work creatively to solve problems. Thank you to all the students that participated, and we look forward to seeing more of your projects at our next faire in May.


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