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Making at Windward: Joan and Rich's Blog

Eighth-Grade 3D Printed Projects Make an Impact Far and Wide

Back in May the eighth-grade physics students were given a tough job: create models of playground equipment that would, in the words of their design brief, “encourage curiousity and deepen understanding of the world around them.” As has already been noted in a news release they had the opportunity to use a variety of different materials, including 3D printing. The variety of solutions was amazing – students made elaborate climbing equipment, seesaws, slides, merry-go-rounds of all descriptions and even a rock climbing wall. 
These 3D printed models took on a life of their own this summer from Orange County to San Francisco. First, in June, we (Joan and Rich) chaired a session at San Francisco State for the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The session was entitled “3D Printing, Arduinos and other Open Source Tech in STEAM Learning.” Windward projects featured heavily in our lead-in survey presentation, followed by a talk given by Regina Rubio about the 3D printed coral project we reported on in our blog back in the spring. After the session, we couldn’t resist showing off one of the playground pieces when we found some flowers just the right scale.

Later that same week, we were invited by Benetech, a nonprofit that finds technology solutions for the visually impaired, to a workshop at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation.  There, we met for two days on standardsa nad best practices for 3D printed models to teach visually impaired students STEM subjects.  We took many of hte playground models with us and for two days blind and sighted participants alike played with them.  We are still in touch with many participants, and hope to coordinate a program in which students create STEM learning models for visually-impaired kids their own age.  (Of course, this means the signed kids have to learn the concepts well, too!)

Closer to home, the Discovery Cube museums in Orange County and Los Angeles invited us to create maker tech displays for their Inventor’s Week celebrations this summer.

Cindy Beals joined us in Los Angeles;

and Geraldine Loveless in Orange County.


Joan gave a talk both places featuring the student work. Many educators, parents and kids stopped by to compare notes and be inspired.

One of the most exciting places this work is featured, though, is right here at Windward. We have created a 3D Printing Design Rules presentation that uses these projects as its examples, so that this year’s students can start off with ideas and examples to go beyond with their own projects. After all, makers know that you can take a few pieces can come together to make an awesome whole!


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Making at Windward: Joan and Rich's Blog

Windward 3D Prints at Cambridge Science Festival

Every year the city of Cambridge, MA puts on a big Science Festival during the week after the Boston Marathon. The whole city puts on cool exhibits, lectures and demonstrations showcasing interesting science. Here’s a picture of Rich and our Bukito 3D printer under one of the banners in the streets along Massachusetts Avenue (the street that runs through MIT and Harvard): 

This year, Windward had an exhibit as part of the Festival. We were given a spot April 22nd at the MIT Museum to display our 3D printed coral project (as described earlier at http://ctl.windwardschool.org/home/making-at-windward-joan-and-richs-blog.html). We had a table right in the main exhibit hall. There was a lot of interest and often a line of people waiting to get in. 

We had a steady stream of visitors excited to hear about the possibility of using 3D printed coral in aquariums to help avoid cutting so much away from coral reefs. We shared an exhibit area with different oceanic researchers from institutions like MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The festival let us meet some new people, forge some relationships for future ocean science projects here at Windward and gave us some more great ideas for projects.

Got a project you would like to try out with 3D printing, robots, sensors or other technology? Joan and Rich are both at Windward on Wednesdays and Joan is here one other day a week. Drop by room 425 to see what’s possible.

-Joan Horvath is a recovering rocket scientist, and Rich “Whosawhatsis” Cameron is a 3D printing and electronics hacker. Together they have founded Nonscriptum LLC, a consultancy to help educators and scientists use low-cost prototyping technologies. Their new book, “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino, and Wearable Tech,” is being released by Apress on May 13: http://www.apress.com/9781484209059 



Windward News -- Week 29


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