About

Design Make Teach is a blog about MAKING in the classroom. MAKING is a process that engages students in thinking, making and sharing.

My name is Josh Ajima. I am a teacher. I believe that I can MAKE a difference.

In 2012, I helped plan a TEDx event. My TEDx wish was for a 3D printer for my school. When that wish didn’t magically come true, I decided to MAKE it happen and bought a 3D printer out of personal funds. I now DESIGN, MAKE and SHARE lessons on MAKING in the classroom.

I made the sign. Letters created with a CNC machine.

I made the sign. Letters created with a CNC machine.

This blog is part of my personal professional development and a model of the DESIGN, MAKE, SHARE process.

I give demos, presentations and workshops on 3D printing, technology integration and professional development. I am located in Northern Virginia.

Contact me if you are interested in helping schools with 3D printing and digital fabrication.

Check out my designs at http://www.thingiverse.com/DesignMakeTeach/designs

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10/15/2016: FabLearn 2016 Conference – Fellow (program)(blog)

10/02/2016: Moat Boat Paddle Battle: Maker Faire NY – 2nd Place

10/01/2016: Maker Faire NY panelist: Winners Tell All: The CTE Makeover Challenge (program)

09/25/2016: Maker Faire Silver Spring: CTE Makeover Challenge (program)

09/07/2016: Stanford FabLearn Fellow (announcement)(application)

06/19/2016: National Maker Faire: 3D Printing in the Classroom (program)

06/17/2016: CTE Makeover Challenge Winner – Team Lead (announcement)

06/11/2016: Make 48 – 3D Printing Expert/Volunteer (blog)

05/19/2016: 3D Printing Nerd Interview (YouTube)

05/15/2016: Printed Solid Grand Opening – presenter  (schedule)

03/09/2016: Dominion Cluster Evening with the Arts – exhibitor (photo)

03/07/2016: Cited in Academic Journal (abstract)

03/05/2016: Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM) Conference: 3D Printing in the Math Classroom – featured presenter (program)(blog)

02/07/2016: Curated Space – Babel: Outsider Art Fair – 2nd place (announcement)

01/12/2016: Inventables 50 States Carver Contest Winner – team lead (announcement)


12/14/2015: Ultimaker Community Contest – winner (blog)

12/06/15: VSTE 2015 Conference Committee: Hackerspace (committee)

11/05/15: Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire – presenter

11/2015: Make Magazine Issue 48: Othermill Review – author (article)

09/26/15: Maker Faire NY: 3D Printing in the Classroom (program) (presentation)

09/25/15: Make Education Forum – panelist (blog) (video)

09/08/2015: Tinkercad Featured Designer: TinkerStar (blog)

08/2015: Make Magazine Digital Fabrication Review Team (blog)

07/03/2015: ISTE 2015: 3D Printing in the Classroom (program) (presentation)

06/30/2015: ISTE 2015: Knight of Make-A-Lot – panelist (program)

05/08/2015: Thingiverse Featured Design: MOM Gimbal (model)

03/18/15: Dominon Cluster Evening with the Arts: The Amazing 3D Printed Art Exhibition – presenter

03/15/15: NOVA MiniMaker Faire: The Amazing 3D Printed Art Exhibition – presenter (program) (article)

01/23/2015: Vending Times: Educational Exhibit Spotlights 3D-Printed Novelties In Bulk Vending Capsules – featured (article)

01/15/2015: Loudoun Library 123 Math & Science – Gum Spring: 3D Printing – presenter
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12/25/2014: Adafruit Blog: 3Dx2014 – DesignMakeTeach, Josh Ajima – featured (article)

12/09/2014: VSTE 2014: 3D Printing in the Classroom  – presenter (program)
12/08/2014: VSTE 2014: 3D Gumball Gallery – presenter (blog)
12/07/2014: VSTE 2014: Interactive Art Synthesizer – presenter (program)
12/07/2014: VSTE 2014 Conference Committee: Hackerspace (committee) (program)

11/2014: Make Magazine Issue 42: Rainbow Extrusion: Coloring 3D Printer Filament – author (blog) (magazine)
11/2014: Make Magazine Issue 42: Afinia H480 Review – author (magazine)

11/12/2014: ISTE Webinar: The Maker Movement: A Pathway to Innovation for STEM Learners  – presenter (program)

09/19/2014: Make Blog: Made in Space 3D Printer Launches Tomorrow Morning – author (article)

08/21/2014: Adafruit Blog: 3D Printing Projects for the Classroom from mathgrrl + DesignMakeTeach -featured (article)  

08/2014: Make Magazine 3D Printer Review Team  reviewer (article)

07/01/2014: ISTE 2014: Makers Playground – presenter (YouTube)

06-07/2014: Learn.Printbot.com Blog: Consultant and author (articles)

03/08/2014: Cold Wars 2014: Introduction to 3D Printing – presenter

2/22/14: Pecha-Kucha Night D.C. – Vol. 19 – presenter (website) (article)

2/11/2014: 2014 VILS Virtual Conference: Making in the Classroom – presenter (website) (presentation)

1/30/2014 TSTT Presentation – presenter (Day 1) (Day 2)


12/10/2013 VSTE 2013: Getting Started with Makerspaces and 3D Printing (resources) (YouTube)
12/09/2013 VSTE 2013: 3D Printing featuring Math Manipulatives
12/08/2013 VSTE 2013: Photogrammetry: Capturing 3D Images (resources)

11/16/2013 Fall-In 2013: Introduction to 3D Printing

09/19/2013 Adafruit 3D Designer Spotlight (blog)

07/23/2013 Making for Educators: Symposium sponsored by The Exploratory (YouTube)

07/20/2013 Historicon 2013: Design – Make – Play: Introduction to 3D Printing (program) (handout)

07/19/2013 VSTE Bridging the Gap: Differentiating with Digital Technology Conference: Classroom Makerspaces and 3D Printing (program) (handout)

06/12/2013 ActivLoudoun Plus+ 2013 (program)