Explorations with @BlocksCAD at @construct3dconf hosted by @GeorgiaTech. #mathchat #scichat #MakerEd #STEMed #construct3D2018 #CSforAll

I’m at Georgia Tech in Atlanta for the 2nd quasi-annual Construct3D conference. After landing, I hightailed it over to the J. Erskine Love Building of the G. W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering for the BlocksCAD: Teaching #STEAM and Coding workshop led by @JonahBoucher. Solomon Menashi, BlocksCAD‘s CEO and Co-Founder, was also at the workshop. I need to make time to chat with him because he is looking for a few teachers at a school who want to try out their 4 new BlocksCAD AR lessons!

Like Geometer’s Sketchpad (or Geogebra), I think BlocksCAD should be in every math teacher’s toolkit. It’s such an awesome way to integrate math, computer science ,and 3D design! Per BlocksCAD’s website:

Here are some useful BlocksCAD links:

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Here are some photos from @MakerFaire New York at @nysci this past weekend. #WMFNY18 #MakerFaireNYC #NYC #MakerEd #STEAM #ArtEdTech #ArtsEd

It was great fun to visit the 9th Annual World Maker Faire New York this weekend. As usual, my favorite area was the Young Makers Zone. Here are some things from this year’s Make Faire NYC that I noticed:

1. Danny Scheible and Eben Burgoon’s Tapigami Tape City
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67556/

2. Theo Boris’s Welcome to Planet Hugalot! Hug, please! (where I found Lesa Wang)
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67858/

3. Godwyn Morris’s Dazzlinks Cardboard Contraptions
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67657

4. Benjamin Lehrer and Jonathan Roach’s Marvin: A Giant Connect 4 Robot
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67497/

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5. Evan Weinstein’s Cocoa Press Chocolate 3D Printer
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67782

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6. Christian Ristow’s The Hand of Man
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/68198/

7. Todd Blatt, Marty McGuire, Jen Schachter’s We the Builders
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67669/

8. Pete Gosselin’s 1 UP Keyboards programmable keyboard kits

9. Popular Science’s Tabletop Catapult
https://www.popsci.com/catapult

10. Balam Soto’s Sonic Moonbeam (www.balam.io)
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67508/

11. Orimagi robots inspired by origami
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67940

12. Gualala Gadget’s Electric Marble Machines
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67571/

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13. Martin Horstman’s Doodlematic iPad app (where I saw Al Doyle)
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67553/

14. Steven Hanania’s The Wizard of Fun puppets
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67790

15. Tetsuji Katsuda’s Robot Band++
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67454/

16. William Muehlenhard’s Zoetrope
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67801/


17. Lucy Johnson and Robert Fitzsimons’s Planetarium Umbrella
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67484
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18. Sofía Suazo’s Emoji-Me loaded to @emoji___me on Instagram
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67741/

19. I LUG NY’s LEGO Infinity Machine by Adult Fans of LEGO
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67852


20. The awesome Needle Arts and Crafts areas in Zone 1
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67785/

21. Sharon Raymond’s Simple Shoemaking
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https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67752/

22. Beautiful examples of circuit design and sewable circuits from Princeton’s CST, 3D-Kompetenzzentrum Germany, and Lovie Monsters
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67815/

https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67869
https://makerfaire.com/maker/entry/67781

23. And some more things to look into which I forgot to document with photos or videos:

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‪I’m so excited to be teaching a section of Class VII math this year! Also, I totally checked my work using the @photomath app. #PEMDAS #MathChat @BrearleyNYC ‬

Download Photomath by Photomath, Inc from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photomath/id919087726?mt=8

Here’s a description of Photomath per their website:

  • Simply point your camera toward a math problem and Photomath will magically show the result with a detailed step-by-step instructions.
  • Photomath provides:
  • • Camera calculator
  • • Handwriting recognition
  • • Step-by-step instructions
  • • Smart calculator
  • • Graphs (NEW)
  • Photomath supports:
  • • Operations with: Integers, Fractions, Decimal numbers, Powers, Roots, Logarithms
  • • Algebraic expressions
  • • Equations: Linear, Quadratic, Absolute value, Rational, Irrational, Logarithmic, Exponential, Trigonometric
  • • Inequalities: Linear, Quadratic, Absolute value, Rational, Irrational, Logarithmic, Exponential
  • • Solving Systems using: Comparison, Substitution, Elimination, Gauss-Jordan method and Cramer’s Rule
  • • Calculus: Derivatives, Integrals
  • • Trigonometry: Converting Angles, Calculating trigonometric values, Finding Periods of trigonometric functions, Calculating with trigonometric expressions
  • • Graphs of Elementary Functions
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