Brainstorming a new piece in response to seeing the red feed/blue feed phenomenon where the social media sites use algorithms to show you things it already knows you like.
Over the June 10th-12th weekend, a horde of inventors descended on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for the Make48 competition. The challenge for the DC event was eco-friendly household products centered… Continue reading
An elementary art teacher asked me to help with a Mother’s Day project for her Kindergarten class. She wanted heart shaped cookie cutters of a specific size for cutting out clay tiles. I… Continue reading
Creating quick 3D models is an essential skill for any educator with a 3D printer. Luckily it is easy to create 3D designs using 2D clipart. The secret is to use vector based clipart files… Continue reading
Add color to your 3D prints using alcohol based inks. This simple technique quickly turns a plain plastic print into a colorful piece of art. There are a number of techniques for adding color to 3D… Continue reading
Challenge: Make something to turn a Tic Tac box into something new then share your design with the world. Yesterday, I finished a box of Tic Tac Mixers (Cherry Cola flavored of course) and was about… Continue reading
I provided input about makerspace design to the architects planning a new school in my district. To plan for the meeting, I went to the source at the K-12 Fab Labs and Makerspaces group. I summarized… Continue reading
One of the most powerful outcomes of Maker Education is empowering children as designers. Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson, is a classic literary exploration of child as designer and maker.… Continue reading
Students design 3D printed Negative Integer Dice in Tinkercad for an ELL teacher.
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! (September 15-October 15) Managed to make quite a bit of progress on the National Hispanic Heritage Month Maker Challenge. Catch the initial brainstorm for the challenge here. https://designmaketeach.com/2015/09/10/brainstorm-hispanic-heritage-month-maker-challenge/ I’ve recruited ELL,… Continue reading
One of the amazing things about 3D printing and digital fabrication is that it empowers users with the ability to engage in rapid iterative design. Many projects lend themselves to only a single iteration; a… Continue reading
I wrote a tutorial for creating a Custom Trophy in Tinkercad on the Printrbot Learn blog last year. A short teaser is below but you can read the full tutorial at http://learn.printrbot.com/2014/06/22/tutorial-custom-trophy-in-tinkercad/ I’m including this teaser… Continue reading