Month: December 2014

December 23, 2014

3D Printed Microscopes Lesson Plan

A couple of weeks ago I introduced a project to my 4th grade students on 3D printing microscopes. It has been a fun experience, but we became side tracked with other projects and winter break. I gave it some thought and decided to make it more of a formal lesson in order to get it […]

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December 18, 2014

“Frozen Fractals All Around”| 3D Printing in the Classroom

We are in the last week of school before winter break and my students are ready for it. Let’s be honest, so am I. The week before any break is always an interesting time. This week we have taken a trip to the ballet to watch a couple of our students perform in The Nutcracker, […]

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Our model of the Voyager Space Probe.

December 10, 2014

3D Printing the Voyager Probe

For the last few years I have been reading a book to my class called¬†Greetings from Planet Earth by Barbara Kerley. It’s a good story about a boy who is really interested in space and struggles with losing his father in the Vietnam War. I probably like it even more because I have many connections […]

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Students are designing their first microscope.

December 4, 2014

Making Microscopes | 3D Printing in the Classroom

At the beginning of the year I came across¬†an article about a group of scientists who made microscopes with a 3D printer. Their design was simple. A small clip with a glass bead in it that fits over the camera of a smartphone or tablet. The size of the bead determines the strength of the […]

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