[REPORT] OSCEdays 2018 - Indianapolis

This year, we collaborated with the Girls eSTEAM Club at Kheprw Institute. (eSTEAM = entrepreneurship Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics). The program is led by Tabitha Barbour, a member of Kheprw Institute’s team. It was a great pleasure to collaborate with Tabitha and all the girls.

Overall Objectives:

  1. Instill a passion for science and show the many opportunities girls have if they will choose a career in STEAM and/or develop a scientific way of thinking
  2. Understand and practice OSCE principles
  3. Develop an appreciation for manual skills and the benefit of working together for fun and to make the things we need

We held 3 workshops (Dec 2017, February 2018 and March 2018) making tots and bags from circular textiles. We did not purchase any material or tools for the workshop, we used only donated materials, such as burlap coffee sacks donated by a local coffee shop and materials/tools available at home or at Kheprw Institute.

Session I:

  1. Introduce OSCE community and principles
  2. Make your own tote/bag from reused materials available in your home
  3. Learn about material science and why it is an exciting field to pursue
  4. Test if a material can be considered circular

Date: December 11, 2017
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Materials needed (majority provided by organizers, but girls are encouraged to bring their own:

  • Table cloths made of 100% natural fibers like linen or cotton
  • Bedsheets/kitchen towels/drapes made of 100% natural fibers
  • Worn clothes/totes/bags made of 100% natural fibers
  • Burlap sacks
  • Sewing needles
  • Scissors
  • Thread made of 100% cotton
  • Decorations such as buttons (made from natural materials, not plastic), textiles (cuttings from worn clothes), plants (dry flowers)

Session II and III
Finish the bags. One girl started making a dress from a tablecloth, we’ll finish it during our fall sessions.

Workshop Worksheet .docx (2.1 MB)

OSCEdays eSTEAM workshop Dec 2017.pptx (2.7 MB)

Everybody had great fun working on a bag that they will use for groceries, books, etc. Some girls sewed for the first time and they were happy to realize that it’s not at all complicated or boring.

In our fall sessions, we will review the results of our material experiment (see Workshop worksheet). We will also work on other objects made from circular textiles.

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