Explore Rising Sea Level with Tinkercad & 3D Printing

Quick idea for exploring rising sea level and the impact on coastal communities using Tinkercad and 3D Printing. -Use the Terrain2STL website to download an STL file of a coastal city. http://jthatch.com/terrain2stl/ -Repair the… Continue reading

Brainstorm: Hispanic Heritage Month Maker Challenge

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a recognition of Hispanic and Latino American contributions to the United States as well as a celebration of Hispanic/Latino culture and heritage. The celebration runs from September 15 through October… Continue reading

My MakerEd PD Plan

Today was my first day back to school. I’m a Technology Resource Teacher (TRTs) in a large school district in Northern Virginia. TRTs play an essential role in the professional development to facilitate… Continue reading

Brainstorm: One to the World Project Idea

Sitting in a PD session with some of the greatest colleagues ever. We are woking on translating traditional projects to One to the World. Original Project: 4th graders worked on a project to support… Continue reading

What does MakerEd have to do with Headlight Restoration?

I took my car to be inspected today and it was rejected because the headlights were cloudy and the wipers were torn. The estimate for a headlight restoration, a headlight adjustment and new… Continue reading

Makersmiths: A Loudoun County Makerspace

Makersmiths, a new makerspace in Loudoun County, had it’s official ribbon cutting ceremony on August 1st. I missed the ceremony but dropped in for the open house today at the new facility at… Continue reading

Make: Magazine’s Digital Fabrication Shootout: Live Blog

I’m in San Francisco to participate in Make: Magazine’s Digital Fabrication Shootout. The public can attend a Post-3D Printer Testing Weekend Q&A on Sunday from 3-5pm. http://www.meetup.com/MakeMagazine/events/224149663/ Last year, the 3D Printer Shootout was held… Continue reading

Digital Citizenship: 3DPrintingIndustry.com

Dear 3DPrintingIndustry.com, On July 8th, 2015 you appropriated a photo from my website, DesignMakeTeach.com, for use in an article on your blog. http://3dprintingindustry.com/2015/07/08/chaos-3d-why-second-movers-are-winning-the-chaotic-desktop-3d-printer-wars/ I learned of this through a ping back notice from my WordPress… Continue reading

Adding Color to Your 3D Prints – Tips and Techniques

Natural PLA is transparent and is difficult to photograph or see details. Natural ABS is a soft beige color or slightly transparent. The easiest way to increase your color options is to buy… Continue reading

Brainstorm: SXSWedu 2016 Proposal

Let’s start out by saying, I don’t really know why I would go to the SXSWedu education conference. http://sxswedu.com/about It is far away, I’d have to pay out of pocket, and I’m probably… Continue reading

STEM Camp 2015: Tweets from the Makerspace

Student explaining trap for Chinese Mitten Crab #InvasiveSpecies @chesapeakebay #cubelets @modrobotics #STEM pic.twitter.com/h83L4KOkCN — Design Make Teach (@DesignMakeTeach) July 10, 2015 Nutria trap: invasive species #STEM camp #Makerspace pic.twitter.com/xIxCSsgrh8 — Design Make Teach… Continue reading

Brainstorm: Figment DC 2015 Proposal

Saw a tweet today from a local makerspace linking to Figment DC, a participatory and interactive art show. http://dc.figmentproject.org/ As a teacher advocating for maker education in schools, I often present at conferences, workshops and maker events. In my… Continue reading