Failure is a good thing

  Believe it or not, failure is actually a good thing! Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  We’ll discuss the importance of failure and more on today’s podcast with Dr. Jonathan Butcher and graduate student, Daniel Cheung.  They come to us from the Cardiovascular Developmental Bioengineering Laboratory in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Cornell University. We’ll cover the work Dr. Butcher and his team are doing in his lab with 3D printing, heart valves, and Continue reading →

2015 International Consumer Electronics Show Highlights

Table Top Inventing Visits CES   This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas, Nevada was huge with almost 300 exhibitors displaying the latest in tech innovation.  The Table Top Inventing Crew got to spend 2 days checking out all of the cool gadgets and wanted to share some of the highlights with you!   Day 1 Watch out!  TTI is here with Steve, Debby, Matthew, and Cassie ready to hit the show.   3D printed fashion was all the rage!   Continue reading →

Math In 3 Dimensions with Table Top Inventing

    Hey TTI Family,   Hope you are having a great week!  I just wanted to share some math insights with you….. and let you know how awesome you guys are!     Debby just wrote a great post about using 3D printing in Math.  We love using 3D design and printing with kids because it helps bring the book math they are learning in school to life.  Make sure to check out the project by Fred Hohman.  You’ll find Debby’s post, “Math- In Three Continue reading →

Math – in Three Dimensions!

I came across an article this morning that made me wish 3D printing had been around when I was in school. I always loved algebra with it’s step by step, linear thinking. That worked well for me. When I got to geometry and trigonometry, with their 3D shapes and in-tangible tangents, not so much. One of the things that I love about 3D printing is that it pulls a 3D dimensional science  from the two dimensional pages of a textbook and brings it to life! When Continue reading →

Bringing 3D Printing into the Classroom with Table Top Inventing

  Intro to 3D Printing for Education     Are you new to maker education?  Wondering how to incorporate 3D printing into your classroom in 2015?  Check out TTI’s Intro to 3D Printing for Education Resource page.  You’ll find a wealth of basics, background information, tips, helpful resources, and videos to get you started.   Intro to 3D Printing Resource Page   Have a question?  Just reply to this email or join us on Thursdays, 4pm PT, 7pm ET in the TTI Educators FaceBook Group Continue reading →

Thanksgiving 3D Printing Project from Table Top Inventing

  Happy Thanksgiving from Table Top Inventing!   Thanksgiving Printing Project     Want to make a cool fall keepsake with your students?  Try this fun 3D printed Acorn Place Card Holder project from!  Just pick your favorite fall color.  Design prints in about an hour.     Visit here for project details or our TTI Pintrest Page!       This week on the Table Top Inventing Podcast!     Episode 11: Suzie Ama and the Thanksgiving Edition       Listen Continue reading →

3D Printing Project Ideas with Table Top Inventing!

  3D Printing Project     Check out this cool pencil robot you can make with your students!  Use your 3D printer to make the box, gear, and leg holders.  The electronic components can be found at Radio Shack.   Visit here for full project instructions including files for the printed components.    You can also find other projects like this on TTI’s new Pintrest page!     This week on the Table Top Inventing Podcast     Episode 9: Justin Lukasavige     Continue reading →

Granting Writing 101 with Table Top Inventing

  Grant Writing for 3D Printers 101     Sure, it would be nice to have a 3D printer in the classroom, but how to pay for it?  Check out Table Top Inventing’s 3D printer grant writing resource page. You’ll find Debby’s slide presentation on the subject, a sample grant application, and tips for successful grant writing!   Check out TTI’s Grant Writing for 3D Printers here.   What other subjects would you like to learn more about?  Let TTI know by replying to this Continue reading →

July 2014 Newsletter

Table Top Inventing is on the road this summer bringing the Inventor’s Bootcamp to a city near you!  So far we’ve been in Hesperia CA, Chattanooga TN, and Atlanta GA.  Along the way we’ve been checking out historical sites like Martin Luther King’s Birthplace and Memorial.  Talk about a history lesson!  Next stop is Murphy, NC (July 24-29).  Hope you’ll join us! Sign up here:   Atlanta Inventor’s Bootcamp Wrap Up The Atlanta Inventor’s Bootcamp was a blast for both students and teachers!  We had Continue reading →

Inventor’s Bootcamp Road Trip Update

Table Top Inventing is on a huge adventure this summer with our coast to coast (almost) Inventor’s Bootcamp road trip!  We’re taking 2 adults, 6 kids, some fantastic helpers, and our trusty “Maker Mobile” from California to North Carolina and back to bring Project 5S to a city near you!  So far we’ve been in Hesperia CA, and Chattanooga, TN.  This week’s bootcamp is in Atlanta, GA at The Children’s School.  Next we’re headed to Murphy, NC (July 24-29).  We’ll finish up the road trip Continue reading →

Small Victories

My students are making great progress with Interactive Whiteboard Markers. They have successfully overcome two obstacles that were slowing down progress. The first one may have been the most satisfying for them to accomplish. The original file that we downloaded from Thingiverse does not have a cap on the end. Therefore, we needed to fabricate one. This presents a host of wonderful problems for the students to solve. They have to come up with a plan on how they will make it work, design it Continue reading →

Authentic Learning

This week I had two parents tell me at different times that they were very happy with what I was doing in class. The first parent called and left a message. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a parent call and leave a voice message with the only purpose being to state how pleased they are with how I am teaching. I’ve had compliments in passing or in email, but never a phone message. It was clear that this mother was really appreciative of what Continue reading →

Educating Makers: The First Step to Revolutionary Change

MediaBistro invited us to come out to their Inside 3D Printing conference in NYC last week. This particular conference had a large contingent from the investor side of 3D printing as well as a good showing from local artists and designers. As I reflected over what message we could deliver from the educational side of 3D printing, we realized that we have a very important message for business leaders: partner with local schools to create makerspaces because Maker education creates better thinkers for your businesses. Continue reading →

Towards 3D Printed Tools: Crayon Rubbing Toy

Lately, spurred by Dr. Gary Stager’s prompt “…and then?“, I have been thinking about 3D printing and its role in K-5 education. After the initial novelty of downloading and printing models that others have made wears off, hopefully the teacher leads the class to creating their own models, using something like Tinkercad or Blokify. Students take to this 3D modeling software quite quickly and can turn out name tags, castles, and other objects of their own design. I would argue that this approach to using a Continue reading →

3D Printer Project Starters

Here are a few ideas to challenge your students – but let their imagination be the driving factor. All of these ideas can be made more challenging by adding constraints and/or requiring more precision. Extend the learning opportunities by using the models created in other lessons or projects. Use a pedagogical strategy Gary calls “…and then?” to view your 3D prints as part of a continuum of interesting ideas, not as an end product. If you make an instrument, make music; if you make something that goes Continue reading →