3DR RepRap 3D Printers

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The last workshop of 2013 focused on wrapping up projects and starting to build new tools like Richard Horne’s 3DR RepRap printers for use during the upcoming year’s SOLID Learning workshops and in makerspaces developing in schools and libraries! Continue reading

Student Dreams Made SOLID

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Around our other workshop results, my son’s High School class project leveraged 3D printing to test out his own “Concepts of Engineering and Technology” designs. The Spring semester may offer more opportunities to expand the SOLID Learning research at schools around the world leveraging the excellent 3DR RepRap design by my “3D Printing for Dummies” co-author, Richard Horne. Continue reading

Delta 3D Printers

3D Print of the 3DR corner in a STEMulate Learning workshop

After discussing the options available, SOLID Learning workshop participants have selected the Delta format 3DR RepRap for the 3D Printer platform we will build for their schools. Continue reading

Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge

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Our local Boy Scouts took the weekend to learn about disabiling conditions, accomodations and assistive aids in their local area, and to speak with a fellow young man about his quality of life living with spinal muscular atrophy as they worked on their Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge. Continue reading

Crowd-sourced Project Egg Artwork

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STEMulate Learning uses the Project Egg crowd-sourced sculpture to teach workshop participants about community involvement and individual participation in global projects. Continue reading

Digging for tech “gold” in the Scrap-heap

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Many times, all that is needed is a trip to the scrap heap to find many opportunities for learning and further exploration of STEM subjects like Computer Science and programming. Whenever you need to find ways to excite young learners, you do not need to rely on expensive pre-prepared lessons and kits, just take a look at your local scrap-heap (using proper security measures) for inspiration! Continue reading

STEMulate Learning HPC turns 40!

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After almost 2 years, the crowd-funded STEMulate Learning Lab has provided more than 40 years worth of combined CPU power to solving global needs like the search for cures for diseases and parasitic infections, as well as into the exploration of new resources for power and fresh water! Continue reading

Centrifuging Liquids DremelFuge Workshop

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Within the STEMulate Learning workshops, several events have been focused on SOLID Learning principles to test and share the potential for 3D Printed materials and tools. The purpose of the SOLID Learning effort has been to develop 3D Printable resources … Continue reading

Electronics Merit Badge Classes

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Teaching Electronics Merit Badge courses for Boy Scouts allows the exploration of mathematics and project management while encouraging young learner engagement and interest in STEM subject areas without requiring a costly equipment setup expense. Continue reading

Using BitCoin Mining to Teach Economics, Mathematics and More

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BitCoin mining chips are falling in price now they utility is reduced, but together with inexpensive Raspberry Pi computers, they provide excellent resources for classroom models and lessons in mathematics, economics, production, project management and entrepreneurial requirements for business. Continue reading