2016-01-28 / Front Page

The Best and Brightest


(Photo by Jack Kelly) (Photo by Jack Kelly) Newport Community School Education Coordinator Sarah Robinson (left) works with NCS students Emmanuel Martinez (12), Gabrielle Brown (11), and Rachel Alves (11) on the four-foot square Lite Brite they created for this year’s Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park, from Feb. 18-20. Using wood, fluorescent lights, plastic water bottles, ingenuity, and the mentorship of FabNewport, the students were part of a team of fifth- and sixth-grade students who participated in the eight-week program at Thompson Middle School. The “fab” group designed the color pattern and built this oversized color board. “They worked together mapping out holes, sanding, painting, drilling and designing,” said Robinson. According to its website, FabNewport “uses technology as a platform for empowerment where students are encouraged to discover their passions through play.” Developed at MIT, a Fab Lab is a workshop where students are instructed in how to design and create using technology and materials.

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