• makerspaces,  Student Makers,  tools & tech

    Ultimaker S5: A Review

    Now I may not be the most savvy when it comes to dual extrusion, as this is my first ever dual extrusion printer! I’ve found the S5 to be interesting, challenging and fun all at the same time. The interesting parts: a touch screen in the front allows for visual model previews, when you are searching for your models which is super nice, it comes with a nice little USB to hold said UFP files (the file type containing that nice image and your GCode (see GitHub for more information if you want to get into the code side of it). The print cores are interesting and allow for easy…

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    3D Scan Yourself

    One of the big projects I’ve been working on is assisting with a course with our Arts & Technologies cluster called 3D Foundations.  3D scanning using photogrammetry is a part of the curriculum in this course and students in this class are tasked with making their models and manipulating them in some way. In order to have our student employees also have experience beyond assisting with the course models, we went through the process of 3D scanning ourselves. Our student technologists now all have their own 3D scans to go through the same process as the students in 3D Foundations. I worked with our student employees, and I finally had my…

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    PiCademy and Learning to Fail

    This summer I had the opportunity to train with the Raspberry Pi Foundation at PiCademy a face-to-face way for educators to learn both about Raspberry Pis and a crash-course in programming. What I loved about the program was an acronym they provided in the midst of our learning. That acronym was extremely valuable throughout my process and learning a new skill-set I had not embraced before. The acronym was – wait for it – FAIL or “First Attempt In Learning”. Why do I love this? Well the acronym approaches FAILURE in a making context, where it’s okay to “not get it”. As a young person I struggled in math for example,…

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    3D Printing for Purposes of Photography and Art

    This article just came out and it shows how innovation can start from the ground up – student Paul Kohlhaussen reverse engineered three expensive film cameras (we’re talking $2,500 – $4,000) to create his own wide-angle film camera. See his personal website for some additional examples of what is possible with this camera. Part of why I love this project is that it was done by someone whom was passionate about his art, and he didn’t know CAD before the project. The idea drove the innovation – for those who listened to Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at Harvard during this year’s graduation this is exactly what he was speaking about innovation…