Adjusting Scale for Study

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Educators can fabricate 3D Printed examples for their class, scaling the original object scan larger or smaller to suit student need and demonstration use in the classroom. Continue reading

3DR RepRap 3D Printers

3DR assembly of the base 3D printed components

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

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

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

3D Printing In Cheese Spray

Heart-shaped cheese spray on a Ritz cracker.

While discussing “fully-configurable” 3D printers you can modify┬áto whatever idea you have, I mentioned “using Cheese-Whiz(tm) as a print medium” and several members of the group started discussing how they would like to use cracker-serving 3D printers for dinner parties … Continue reading

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

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