Test Print from MAKE Magazine

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Students during the STEMulate Learning workshop this weekend asked me to test our self-built and modified MendelMax2 RepRap 3D Printer using the stylized Rook print from MAKE Magazine’s annual printer “Shoot Out” Test, with very good results. Continue reading

3D Printer Assessments

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Accidental damage to the 3D printers for the AggieSTEM summer camps required time to diagnose the damage, giving us time to set up two Raspberry Pi single-board computers for OctoPrint remote web-based 3D printer control and monitoring using OctoPi. Continue reading

3D Modeling at AggieSTEM Summer Camp

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During the 2014 AggieSTEM Summer Camp at Texas A&M University (TAMU), I had the opportunity to teach 3D Modeling (CAD) ahead of our 3D Printing courses so that students’ ideas could be represented in the computers and then fabricated into solid form! Continue reading

AggieSTEM 3D Printing Summer Camps

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Texas A&M University has asked me to teach 3D Printing at the AggieSTEM summer camp program, due to my prior involvement with the SOLID Learning and STEMulate Learning educational programs, as well as in development of the book “3D Printing for Dummies.” These are amazing kids, doing amazing things in the midst of Summer at TAMU! Continue reading

February 2014 STEM Workshops

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February was a busy time with progress made on ROV designs and camera modules, 3DR RepRap 3D printers, and preparations for Workshops and Summer Camps including the Texas A&M University AggieSTEM program! 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

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

Space Exploration Merit Badges

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The Texas A&M University Students Serving Scouting group coordinated a weekend of learning and fun for young learners attempting the BSA’s Space Exploration Merit Badge! 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

3D Printing In Cheese Spray

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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