Getting Started with 3D Printing in Education

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Teachers ask how to get started bringing 3D printing to their classroom. Here are a few considerations and current options available to teachers and school, whether they are well funded or just getting started with a few introductory efforts. Continue reading

STEM and SPACE in Hawai’i

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Jerry Isdale is working with the Maui Makers in Hawai’i and director of the SpaceGAMBIT program linking makerspace space technology interests around the world. This is an amazing program for makerspaces and Makers of all types. Continue reading

Thank you for your support in Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge!

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Our supporters include individuals like Tom McDonnell, Elisabeth Whyte and Kellin Ulibarri! Thank you for your support in Round #3 of the #SciFund Challenge! There is still time! We still have 5 days left with $425 to go in “Telepathic Cyborg Robots” and $370 to go in “Digitize the World”! Thanks to all of you who are helping to make this research possible! Continue reading

In the face of Interference

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One week remains but crowd-funding efforts have been impacted by interference with teachers taking part in the STEMulate Learning program. No matter the reason why someone complained about crowd funding, STEMulate Learning and SOLID Learning will continue to conduct STEM workshops and to develop new materials for educators and students. Continue reading

3D Printed Electronics Housings

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Whether designing with an Arduino or a full Raspberry Pi, our teachers use 3D printing to protect electronics from kids and kids from the electronics. 3D printed roll-up cases also hold students’ circuits in place between classes and provide drawers to contain small components as each class progresses from one lesson to the next. Continue reading

Repair Teaches Many Things

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Repairing instead of replacing gives opportunities to teach many things from engineering to electronics to sustainability. Kids learn that they can repair and recover items that would otherwise fill our landfills and consume more resources to fabricate replacements. Continue reading

Taking Part in Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge

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STEMulate Learning is taking part in Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge, trying to crowd-fund equipment for our research into K-12 STEM education. We are attempting to obtain support for a basic 3D scanner and a EEG neurocomputing headset to improve our student’s ability to control their robots by thought alone. If we exceed the initial funding goals, we will obtain a high-resolution 3D scanner suitable to museum artifact curation. All of our work will be shared openly through file sharing sites like Thing-i-Verse so that students and teachers around the world can take advantage of our results. Continue reading

Signs, Signs – Everywhere 3D Printed Signs

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Using a 3D printer, the new $8,400 Smartboard is protected from unknowing misuse by a few cents’ worth of plastic and a few craft supplies. A 3D Printed sign and a few small rare earth magnets are all that is needed to alert students and faculty that the Smartboards should not be used as a Whiteboard, keeping the display surface clean and operational – a great way to show off 3D printing to faculty and school administrators. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 3 “Telepathic Cyborg Robots”

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In Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge, I will be crowd-funding a neurocomputing headset to expand our preliminary efforts with thought-controlled devices. The preliminary prototypes can only control the speed of a robot or train, but with the Emotiv EPOC headset we will be able to let students take control of complex devices and to identify enhancements for their learning environment itself. This project provides a bridge directly connecting student’s thoughts and dreams to their creations, providing a spur towards STEM interest. Continue reading

#SciFund Round 3 “Digitize the World”

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In Round 3 of the #SciFund Challenge, I will be crowd-funding a 3D Scanner to scan objects and students for the SOLID Learning program. Museums have offered access to their collections in return for access to the scanned files, and scanning poses no harm to fragile dinosaur bones or priceless artifacts from antiquity. This crowd-funding project can literally share the world’s history with any teacher or student anywhere in the world by scanning items and making them freely available for download. Continue reading