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

#SciFund Round 2 Project A Support Results

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Our #SciFund Challenge, Round 2’s “Personalized Robotics” project is already showing the value 3D printing presents to educational settings, connecting educators with freely shared 3D model designs and letting students and teachers create custom, personalized designs to meet many educational needs. Continue reading

#SciFund Challenge Participation

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STEMulate Learning has been taking part in the #SciFund Challenge since the beginning. Round 3 coming up and we will have another entry in this exciting program hosted by the RocketHub crowd-funding site. Here I discuss our success in rounds 1 and 2, and introduce our concepts for round 3! Continue reading

Making Proprietary Generic, Reusable and Inexpensive

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Using a 3D printer and a few cents’ worth of plastic, one teacher can now refill proprietary printer cartridges for 1/20th the cost of a new cartridge using generic supplies. It took three tries to bypass all measures designed to prevent refilling by the manufacturer, but this involved only simple changes in a CAD program and a little time for reprints. Continue reading

MakerBot Replicator Prepares For Work

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SOLID Learning received the MakerBot Replicator provided by our sponsor, Bre Pettis, and took care of a minor issue with one extruder nozzle with hte help of the excellent MakerBot customer support staff. We will soon be developing and testing our educational robots! Continue reading

3D Printing in Education

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Educators, school administrators and researchers like those at Penn State are exploring the educational potential present in 3D printing from the RepRap to 3D objects and tools that can be folded into existing classes and curricula. Continue reading

Crowd-funding a Mobile Makerspace

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In order to reach rural schools and isolated educators, STEMulate Learning will use past crowd-funded equipment together with a few new items to create a Mobile Makerspace. This project will be run through the KickStarter crowd-funding site on the recommendation of several supporters from our past RocketHub efforts. Continue reading

Customer Support from SparkFun

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A note to our supporters: SparkFun Electronics provided excellent support in dealing with a nonfunctional servo acquired for the SOLID Learning pilot program’s robot designs. Before responding they had already sent the replacement part! Continue reading