Sorry about the laughter, volume, CHAOS and mess but we are learning!



This site was developed by MakerEd VISTA members Brittany Newswanger and Colby Snyder as a portfolio project. Ms. Newswanger and Mrs. Snyder were placed with the Charlotte Lab School Maker Lab in Charlotte, NC during the 2015-2016 school year. The site outlines projects developed during the school year.


The Maker Lab is where students explore their interests, find their passions, and solve real world problems through failing-up, exercising patience, collaborating and thinking creatively.



Stories take you though the NC science standards and, for certain projects, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Projects are listed by grade and include science content, learning outcomes, materials, directions and comments on how to improve the experience in the future. Reflections are from Charlotte Lab School community members on our inaugural maker lab year.

Cardboard Turtle

Paper Rollercoasters