Yesterday first graders started to create their insects that will be coming to life over the next few weeks.
At first, we were going to use Morphi but due to a costly update, we resorted to MakerBot PrintShop and white paper with black markers. In the past, Morphi has been our go to app to have students draw in 2D and switch to 3D but with the new update, we couldn't afford to purchase 60 licenses for the project and installing and deleting the app so different students could export their designs was not worth the trouble.
Quiver Pumpkin Carving
Here are some powerful examples from students in Classkick.
Three years ago I attended my first Maker Faire in Milwaukee and it was so inspiring. Last year they added an educational component and I was lucky enough to be able to attend it and connect with other educators around the state about making and education.
This year Rachel Nolan and I will be presenting about how we are using Bloxels in Genius Hour to promote making.
I'm not new to 3D printing but I am new to this machine. I've spent countless hours fixing the Makerbot but I had high hopes for this newest printer and the possible simplicity of a different machine. After printing several prints, the PLA clogged in the extruder and it wasn't a simple removal. This is when my problems started. Removing the clogged PLA required taking apart the extruder. Now I have filament feeding problems, X axis problems, and Z axis problems.
Prusa support quickly responded when I reached out to them. I also found a Facebook group that was quick to help. But my troubles still exist....
So I've reached back out to Prusa which has been fantastic responding because I recognize my limitations and after spending 5 hours or more trying to troubleshoot, I need to reach out for help. I am extremely thankful for the Facebook group and Prusa support but I think it is time for someone to actually look at the machine besides myself.
Last year I attended the Making in Education Conference at the 2nd annual Milwaukee Maker Faire. I learned and connected with other educators around the state about making in education. I also was able to enjoy the Milwaukee Maker Faire too. This year will be even better.....
This summer I learned about many educational partnerships that Discovery Education works with to bring more learning opportunities to all of our children. As a Discovery Education Network Partner Champion, I get the pleasure of helping make this happen. One of the partnerships that immediately intrigued me is the Home Depot partnership to bring making to all learners.