A lot of times when sharing about 3D printing, I don't always reveal the hours that have been absorbed in troubleshooting our devices. Reality is that 3D printing at the consumer level is sort of like what dot matrix printers are to printing today. We are at the beginning and many things will continue to evolve. But let's talk about the most common issues.... Website
Our first graders have been doing research about what insects are and what they need to survive. Last week and today they took their art sketches of their selected insect and transferred it to a digital medium through the Morphi 3D app. Below is the tutorial that I used with our students to introduce them to Morphi and designing their insect.
After designing 3 versions of their insect, students selected between glow in the dark green or blue for the filament of their insects to be printed on our 3D printers. Soon the insects who have come to life will find a home in their habitats created in art class. Check out the complete lesson at www.thingiverse.com/thing:1677342
What is DENSI? Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute is my "teacher" camp where if I am selected, I get to spend a week with 150 educators from the U.S.A., Canada, UK, and now several other countries learning and discovery about different uses of technology as well as other amazing ideas. Last year I learned about BreakOut Edu and this year I hope to learn even more.
Presentation - Coding Beyond Code.org
This year I will be presenting with another fabulous DEN member LeaAnne Daughrity about coding on Wednesday. Our session will be very hands-on and a nice complement to the following day of the DEN Maker Playground. Below are screen shots of the website that we will be using.
DEN Maker Playground
This year I am working on the DEN Maker Playground for our unconference day on Thursday. I have been reaching out to companies to get promotional products and also to arrange hangouts where educators can talk to the people who are designing and using the product. I am really looking forward to making this happen.
I've created table flyers with QR codes for people to learn more about the product but also contribute to a shared padlet of ideas.
Access Through Technology (3D Printing)
We even had a young man comment that with the 3D modified Rubik's cube it was easier to solve for him. Check it out!
Day 4 - Understanding and Creating
Day 4 focused on building an understanding of the problem and how to design to solve the problem that each group was trying to address. Some students pursued learning about Braille and the Braille alphabet. Using the Osmo and Osmo Masterpiece, students were able to practice the Braille Alphabet. Check out this post for more information about this activity.
Day 5 - Understanding, Creating, and Highlighting
Day 6 - Creating and Highlighting
Day 7 - Creating and Highlighting
Students finishing up their prototypes and preparing for sharing their work.
This week one of our second graders used Morphi to create her own drawn design. She drew on the iPad in the Morphi app to create her own special design. After she was finished she emailed me her finished .stl for our 3D printer.
Meet Morphi .... an app that will change how you and your students design for your 3D printer. This app is free with a school volume discount option for even more resources. I love Tinkercad but it doesn't work on our iPads. Morphi is very much like Tinkercad in the features that the students have access to. Check out theirtutorial videos.
This past summer I was able to attend Constructing Modern Knowledge through a grant with Donor's Choose. It was 4 days of engaging in the design process.
1. Proposing an idea of something we always wanted to create
2. Finding common souls who wanted to create the same thing
3. Learning how to create our dream with others
4. Trying and failing
5. Sharing our final design
Instead of learning how to teach, we were learning how to learn.