Waring Industrial Park

World-class Robotics Team, Makerspace, STEM Study

 

A Space for Exploration, Collaboration, and Creativity

The Waring Industrial Park, or WIP for short, is a makerspace on Waring’s campus. The space is full of 3D printers, computers with CAD software, woodworking tools, sewing machines, and much, much more. It’s a space for exploration, collaboration, and creativity.
 

FIRST LEGO League

Meet Waring's FLL Team, which won the Eastern Massachusetts FLL Tournament and qualified for the FLL World Championship in April of 2019.

Recent Activities in the WIP

First Lego League

Waring has both a Varsity and a Junior Varsity FIRST LEGO League team, with 15 students from Core and Group 1. In December, the Waring Varsity FLL team won the Eastern Massachusetts FLL Tournament to advance to the World Championship, where their robot finished 22nd in the Robot Game. This finish put Waring in the top .06% of the 40,000 teams that competed worldwide in the 30th season of FLL. Their outstanding accomplishment was featured in The Boston Globe and The Salem News. The team is coached by Francis Schaeffer and Sarah Carlson-Lier. 

Student-Led Workshops

The WIP Student Committee, which meets every few weeks and initiates a range of student-led programming during Focus/Flex and lunch periods, recently organized the following workshops:

  • A workshop on transforming plastic bags into tote bags for the Sustainability Group

  • A 3D modeling and 3D printing workshop

  • A workshop on creating with LittleBits 

  • A workshop on the Cricut machine

  • A workshop on building in Lego Digital designer 

  • A workshop on building hand-planes out of wood 

  • A speaker making workshop   

STEM Course

Group 1 is taking a half year STEM class this year; half the students during the first semester, half during the second semester. The course focuses on technology based, small team, experiential learning. Their major project is designing and building a balloon powered car. The students are designing the cars in Fusion 360, a CAD software program, and then printing the parts on the school's 3D printers. The students are learning CAD skills, design skills, and group-work skills. They are learning how to break a project down into steps on their own, decide who is going to build what parts, make sure all the parts fit with each other, print the parts, and then actually build the cars. 

Endterm

Last spring two Endterms used the WIP: the Boat Building Endterm and the Robotics Endterm. The Boat Building Endterm, led by John Wigglesworth, built a 14-foot dory as well as installed a large wooden counter around one side of the WIP, where the students sit and use computers. The Robotics Endterm programmed and built robots. This provided a chance for students to be introduced to many of the facilities available in the WIP, such as 3D modeling software, 3D printing, 2D cutting, and Lego EV3 Mindstorms robots.