Tag Archives: #MakerEd

Design and Process: 3D Printing in the Classroom

After our first earbud holder was printed last week my students really got excited about making their own. It didn’t take long before the 3D printers were up and running, printing several earbud holders at once. This provided many learning opportunities for all of us. Using Cubify Draw for the first time, I really had to figure out the workflow to get things moving. I ran into a problem with the program because once a file had been uploaded to the Cubify website it was Continue reading →

First Print of the Year

It’s a new year, and I have chosen a new theme for my blog. I have also decided to write about more than just 3D printing in the classroom…maybe. I doubt I will vary too much from 3D printing in the classroom because it is so amazing, but I realized that last year I had so much fun with 3D printing that I forgot to mention I was piloting a 1 to 1 “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) program where each student uses a tablet Continue reading →

3D Printing the Sonic Bloom

Last week a 3rd grade teacher (Ms. Klingel) popped into my classroom and told me she had an idea for a lesson. She was wondering if I would be willing to help incorporate 3D printing into the lesson. After a few minutes of figuring out what she wanted to do we had an idea for one of the best STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) lesson’s that I have ever taught. In fact, I liked it so much that I decided to do the 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 →

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 →