Since the arrival of our Osmos, I have been in love with this technology. I love that this device provides my students with the ability to interact between the physical and the virtual world. I started with Tangrams which were an instant hit with kindergarten through fifth grade students in our SP Design Lab.
In March, Masterpiece was released and I have enjoyed watching our students find their inner artist.
About a month ago, my 2nd and 3rd grade math group helped me to use 3D printing to build a deeper understanding around the geometry concepts that were being studied. Since then our 4 3D cubes have arrived which gives us a printing capacity that did not exist.
So the next plan includes these key parts....
Research and Documentation
Plastic plays an important part in our lives. Our fourth grade students will be researching plastic and the impact that it plays in all of our lives. Our students will be using Discovery Board Builder to document their learning and research.
Discovery Board Builder will be the tool that students use to document and share the entire learning process because it enables our students to import videos, images, and write about their learning.
We wanted to see if we could create an interactive mat that could be used with Minecraft to create an experience where a real person moves the virtual person in Minecraft.
Step 1: Materials
Step 2: Create the Makey Makey Mat
Using the aluminum tape, create an interactive area that will be alligator clipped to the Makey Makey arrows. We used Xs but if you have more material cover more of the foam piece instead to create as much of a interactive area as possible.
Attach the alligator clip to the corner of your interactive aluminum tape area and attach it to the Makey Makey.
Step 3: Create a Minecraft World
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Our after-school group created an awesome maze based on the book by Dr. Suess - Oh the Places You Will Go.
Our 3D Printers were debuted with families after the arrival of 4 2nd Generation Cube printers last week.
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Trying Again - The Cube Software
First... don't import in inches when your design is in millimeters. Second choose print mode strong if you want a honeycomb because the Cube does do that. Lastly... don't assume that if the first print fails that it is the printer. Keep trying because with 3D printers sometimes things just fail because....
Arriving back to school after the weekend, I found this on the two printers who had printed the week prior - snapped filament. This is not something that I have ever experienced with my other printer so I was more than a little concerned that this occurred after less than one week and one print. But now I am starting to wonder.... so here is what has happened since yesterday.
Update on Progress or Lack of Progress
firmware update refused, extruder missing black piece, build plate leveled but printing still not working - creates clumping
firmware updated, first print almost successful, filament has broken twice in the extruder head, cartridge recognized and then not recognized which causes the print to abort in the middle
turned machine on and off more than 25 times, cannot activate
firmware updated, first print successful, filament has now broken twice in the extruder head, cartridge is touchy and isn't always recognized.... will disconnect in the middle of the print and cause the print to abort (has occurred 3 times this morning), I have reinstalled the cartridge again and will see if it will finally print again.
The Makerware software is much easier to work with when seeing what it will look like on the print plate, sizing, and exporting. The Cube software seems very rudimentary and not intuitive. It also does not export with a honeycomb into the build which will save you on PLA.
I have struggled to keep the filament on the plate of the Cube Generation 2 whereas the MakerBot Replicator 2 I struggled to remove the final build. I guess I would prefer to fight to get the print off of the build plate instead of fighting to get it on to the build plate. MakerBot is relatively quiet whereas the Cube is rather loud. The MakerBot takes up a substantial amount of space but also has a much larger build plate. All 4 Cubes fit on one table which is really nice for space issues... but it is a much smaller machine.
You decide ... below is the keychain that was designed on Tinkercad. The clear/red is printed on the MakerBot and the bright green is printed on the Cube.
Animal Research Project
Create For A Cause
DE Board Builder
Global Day Of Design
Global Design Project
Hour Of Code
Instructable Build Night
Q BA MAZE
Rock Our World
Sp Design Lab
Sp Design Lab
SP Innovation Lab
Student Access Project
Video Game Design
Virtual Field Trip