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Gathering my tweets from four super full days of @Construct3DConf at @GeorgiaTech so I can see all the incomplete stuff/notes/resources I attempted to document. #construct3d2018

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Making diverse hairstyles and heads of famous people to fit on @LEGO_Group Minifig bodies at the “0 Things” Hackathon facilitated by @DesignMakeTeach. @construct3dconf #construct3d2018 #MakerEd #STEAM

At the first Construct3D conference, Josh Ajima offered a Pecha Kucha talk entitled, 0 Things. Josh “shared his and his students’ experiences of being able to find a multitude of Yoda imagery online, but no 3D models that represented his or his students’ culture or heritage. Josh pointed out that when he searched Thingiverse, a popular 3D printing repository with over 2 million things, he found 0 relevant models for instructional topics. He then challenged the audience to view each empty search as an opportunity, and to use the power of 0 things as inspiration to create powerful, engaging designs and projects.” Here’s a video of Josh’s explaining 0 Things:

At this year’s Construct3D conference, Josh announced a 0 Things Hackathon where attendees gathered to determine searches which yielded no results. Some suggested topics included: Historical figures, Ojibwa Tribe, Monterey Bay wildlife, e-scooter accessories, Jade Museum artifacts (Costa Rica), CS concept manipulations, Virginia peoples, Madres de Plaza de Mayo, female artists, Indus River Valley stamps, “Engineer as Identity”, Women’s issues, Afro centric images, and more.

My first idea for the “0 Things” Hackathon was to create diverse hairstyles and accessories for Minifig heads — braids, dreadlocks, hijab, different curls — so everyone can feel like they’re represented when assembling LEGO figures. I was inspired by an 8th grade student last year. A paper doll outline in the shape of a girl with straight hair was meant to be decorated/personalized by every girl at our school to celebrate our community. This student noticed the lack of diverse hairstyles and quickly made adaptations on her iPad with many options of hair textures and styles to more accurately reflect our population.

A Google search for LEGO Minifig hair confirmed my expectations, and I believe this would be a great project for a class to explore. However, it’s a challenge to draw hair, and we had limited time last night, so my second idea was to gather 3D files of heads of influential figures that could top LEGO Minifig bodies. I located a 3D file of Harriet Tubman’s head and adapted it in Tinkercad, erasing the shoulders, adding a neck column, and inserting a hole at the base that should fit upon the neck peg of a LEGO Minifig torso. My published adaptation is here:

Some tweets about yesterday’s Hackathon are included below:

 

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Good clean fun at the soap-molding workshop with 3D Printer Master John Hinkel at @Construct3DConf today! #Construct3DConf #MakerEd #STEAM

I had lots of good clean fun at the soap-molding workshop led by 3DPrint Master John Hinkel on the final day of Construct3D Conference! John demo’d his process for designing the mold and it’s interior beveled edges in Fusion360. These edges are called fillets and pronounced “fill-etts” and I only stubbornly insisted on pronouncing it the French way for a very short time. John 3D printed molds in advance for each of us, and we coated the inside of our mold with Dawn dish detergent (as this liquid soap will help release our soap from the mold later). We then used masking tape to affix the top of the mold to the bottom of the mold. We melted clear glycerin soap in the microwave, added drops of liquid soap colorant (not regular food dye!), poured it into molds, and let the cast set in the mold while John scrolled through his blog and regaled us with tales of his more memorable trials and tribulations 3D designing and printing. John also suggested adding drops of essential oil or glitter or even flowers to glam up your soap.

***Check out John’s website where he documents projects and explorations here: madprinter.org Also, John works at BoxLock, a startup that was just featured on the Season 10 premiere of SharkTank last night! Per the show’s description, “BoxLock is the first smart padlock, specifically designed to protect deliveries from porch pirates and package thieves. BoxLock gives you peace of mind that your deliveries from all major carriers will be there, reliably when you expect them.”

Here’s a description of the workshop from the Construct3 conference website:

 

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