Category: Maker Education

The students have designed probes to explore a possible 9th planet in our solar system.

March 16, 2016

Student Perspectives on 3D Printing in the Classroom

This week I am preparing to speak at the CUE (Computer Using Educators) conference in Palm Springs. I’m getting excited about the opportunity, and I decided I wanted to know what my 4th graders thought about having a 3D printer in the classroom. I had them write a response to a writing prompt today, and what […]

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June 18, 2015

Projects, Resources, and More | 3D Printing in the Classroom

As summer kicks off I find myself getting ready for a couple of conferences where I will have the privilege to share what my students and I have been doing in the classroom. The first conference is the Arcadia Innovation Summit on June 24th. The other is the Model Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June […]

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The final motion circuit.

May 22, 2015

Circuits and Movement | 3D Printing in the Classroom

The motion circuit group had a challenging time getting their project to work. That happens sometimes. A combination between group dynamics and Murphy’s Law seem to be major road blocks to some projects. The first challenge this group faced was selecting the materials and making a plan. They quickly chose to take apart an old VCR […]

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The working prototype for the sound group.

May 9, 2015

Sound Circuit | 3D Printing in the Classroom

One of the circuit groups in my class was given the task of making a circuit that produced sound. They came up with a really fantastic project. I like this group’s project for so many reasons. When I was thinking through this group’s project I thought they would use this sound maker that came with our […]

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Tapping the speaker plays a little tune.

April 30, 2015

Making Circuits and Programming | 3D Printing in the Classroom

I selected the group that I wanted for the programming circuit carefully. The two girls showed some interest in learning how to program earlier in the year, so I had given them a project to work on at home. I don’t think they got very far in that project, but they did enough to know […]

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April 16, 2015

Light Circuit | 3D Printing in the Classroom

The four students in the group responsible for coming up with the circuit that demonstrates lights were assigned the last two letters in the word “circuits”. They get the “TS”. I thought this task would be straight forward. I anticipated them being challenged with how to mount their circuit, the wiring, and how to get […]

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The sign our students will be designing around.

April 6, 2015

Making Circuits | 3D Printing in the Classroom

The week leading up to spring break was a fun week. This was one of those rare times when we have finished a unit in reading, wrapped up the math unit that we were on, and had time to focus on other projects. That is just what we did. We were able to finish our robot […]

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3D printed LED mounts.

February 26, 2015

Classroom Noise Meter | 3D Printing in the Classroom

At the beginning of the year my school district adopted a new program for classroom management. I’m not sure if we have ever had a district-wide program for that, but we do now. A new program means new training, and we had a few meetings about our new program. Here’s a link to a description […]

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This is what the file of the microscope looks like on the computer.

February 19, 2015

First Original Microscope | 3D Printing in the Classroom

I introduced the microscope project to my class some time ago and I was really excited about it. That project has languished due to other pressing projects. However, we have not given up and I am happy to report that we have printed our first original microscope. Of course, you rarely get it right on […]

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Putting the R.I.F.F. together.

February 12, 2015

It’s All About the Process | Arduino in the Classroom

Last week my class completed it’s first successful Arduino projects. I have another project that is brewing. It is still a few weeks away though, in the meantime I have asked my student to capture her process. The Educreation video below is what she came up with. I think it is fantastic. Unfortunately, this student is […]

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