Tactile Writing Prompts

Test Day: The students walk into the classroom ready for a test on the novel they have been reading. They notice an envelope on each desk. The bell rings and the teacher says… Continue reading

Sharpie to 3D Print in 30 Minutes

Go from Sharpie drawing to 3D print in less than 30 minutes using this quick tutorial. This makes a great demonstration to introduce 3D printing. I have used this process with three different… Continue reading

1st Grade Guitar Maker

“Daddy? Can I use my scissors?” The question rolled down the stairs this weekend as I was working in the basement. My daughter is a MAKER. She buzzes and hums with creative energy.… Continue reading

Mobile Makerspace v1: 3D Printer on the Go

My Current Mobile Makerspace I have been carrying my 3D printer (Printrbot LC) with power supply, laptop, filament, tools and camera back and forth between home and school in a large storage container.… Continue reading

Lesson Idea: The 3D Printed Foldable Cube

Here are more than 20 lesson ideas for using a 3D printed Foldable Cube, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:75093, in the classroom. Follow the link to download the 3D file for the foldable cube and find information… Continue reading

Project Idea: Design a Historical Marker

Here is a project idea for students to create a historical marker. This project is a natural fit for social science but can be used in any content area. Challenge: Propose a design… Continue reading

Customizing the Learning Environment with 3D Printing

Here are some ideas I shared with a couple of Assistive Technology Trainers about how 3D printers could be used to customize and personalize the learning environment. Customization: A 3D printer can create… Continue reading

Happy Earth Day! Trash Monster

Happy Earth Day! Challenge: My 1st grade daughter was given a class assignment to create a Trash Monster out of recycled materials for Earth Day. Design: Drawing the design wasn’t technically part of… Continue reading

Design Make Share: Foldable Tetrahedron Example

How does the Design Make Share method work? Here is an example. PROBLEM/CHALLENGE: How can an object be printed that has smooth sides?  (3D printed object can have a layered surface texture as an… Continue reading

Design Make Share: An Outline for MAKING in the Classroom

Ready to dive into 3D printing in the classroom? Your students and colleagues will be energized by having access to the latest technology. But be careful, if you just start printing without a… Continue reading

Foldable Cube on Thingiverse

I just posted my first original design for a 3D printed foldable cube on Thingiverse. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:75093 Thingiverse is a repository of designs that you can download for free and print on a 3D printer.… Continue reading

MAKING in the Classroom: The First Step

The first step to integrating MAKING in the classroom is starting. MAKING is about doing. It is not enough to read articles or watch videos about 3D printing. You have to make the… Continue reading