This lab was the most complicated and in depth of all the labs I decorated... AND my favorite.
It had a very specific theme and set of images. I created a timeline of technology going from the abacus in 3000 BC through 2010's websites, emails and other recent inventions.
The timeline is made using red vinyl strips cut 2 inches wide. I used George and Basic shapes for the horizontal and vertical pieces. The years were marked with 2 inch vinyl 8/5/3 inches long depending on the year. Once I identified the amount of information for a certain era, I measured how many years I could get on each of the walls. Each wall has a different scale. The latest years were 8 inches for each year while the middle wall had 8 inches for every 25 years. The first wall didn't actually have a scale.
We were attempting to show the students a few things:
1. the inventions and work leading up to the creation of the computer over many years;
2. the relatively short period of time that individuals have had access to computers; and
3. the incredible proliferation of electronic information in the VERY recent past.
I ended the timeline with a large question mark. The timeline continues on to the year 2020 so it can be updated over the next few years.
As you can see from the above pictures, I continued the theme of computer words but I didn't put any websites in this lab. I also included Grace the mouse, the computer mouse and the computer mouse cord. Most of this room uses graphics which were laminated. I found that the laminator had some troubles with multiple levels of cardstock. It was a bit thick for a good laminating.
Now for some of the graphics in this lab.
here. Tthey have some wonderful clipart, dingbats and graphics for the classroom and specials for teachers. This is the link directly to the abacus.) I traced the clipart in SCAL, deleted some of the lines that I didn't want and then cut this in black. I thought about doing it in primary colors but decided it wasn't worth the additional work.
I also wanted to put each of the pieces from the technology timeline into perspective. The sun is from Just Because Cards. I created a circle which fit in my printer. This one talks about Galileo and the heliocentric solar system.
These pictures are also items I created. The first I call "binary lace". It is a page full of 0's and 1's which was the first computer language. The second is an old punch card. I used my sharpie to indicate most of the places that the card can be punched. I also have a "hanging chad" on the bottom row. I'm guessing most of the students will neither notice or understand the reference but I loved making it. Both of these were made using my Cricut cartridges, George and Basic Shapes for the punch card and Plantin for the binary lace.
I was especially pleased with the way the floppy disk turned out. I used George and Basic Shapes to make it. The base is inexpensive black cardstock from JoAnn Fabrics. The silver is from the metallic stack by DCWV. The printing was put on a piece of vellum. Doesn't it look real?
Here are a few cuts from different carts.
Don't these apples remind you of the Apple logo? I love the way they turned out. I found it on Give a Hoot, there are two apples on the cart, it is the one on the top row. I used an oval to create the bite out of the apple.
Tomorrow, I will highlight the pieces of the timline created with SCAL.