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

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

SOLID Learning Electronics – Microcontroller Options

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Arduinos have been selected by educators as the standard microcontroller for SOLID Learning designs due to the support community, availability, cost and ease of use. Arduinos will be supported by Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Linux cards for special purposes. Continue reading

Student Engagement Through Competitions Like The STEM Challenge

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STEMulate Learning workshops explore open hardware and software that teachers can use to enhance their classrooms without exceptional cost, but students really get excited at personalized learning and taking part in educational competitions like the STEM Challenge video game design project. 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

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

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

3D Printable Spool Supports

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To make the most of our #SciFund crowdfunding support, I printed additional custom supports for less than $1 USD so we can use smaller-diameter lower-cost filament spools than those included with the MakerBot itself. I can now buy spools for $31 USD instead of $48 USD from the printer’s manufacturer, saving a third of the price for a dollar’s worth of effort. Continue reading

Crowd-Funding a STEMulate Learning Makerspace

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I am planning another crowd-funding effort to create a mobile STEMulate Learning makerspace / hackerspace that can travel between local public schools to aid teachers, using Make’s Makerspace model. your comments welcome and very much appreciated! Continue reading