Thanks to an invite from Liz Arum (computer scientist, designer, traveler, friend, and Education Director at Ultimaker), I attended an awesome meetup held at the Fat Cat Fab Lab in Greenwich Village on Thursday. I go to a ton of professional development opportunities in order to continue learning, stay abreast of current trends, and gather resources for me and my network at The Brearley School and beyond. This one had me at the title, Ultimaker and Autodesk’s Fusion 360’s Design Workshop for Educators, and the description only cinched it for me:
Want to check out Fat Cat Fab Lab, meet the Ultimaker 3, be introduced to or gain more confidence with Fusion 360, meet other educators interested in 3D, or just want to make a unique holiday gift? Here’s your chance! It’s Ultimaker’s first Education event at Fat Cat Fab Lab. Fat Cat Fab Lab is a member-supported makerspace in the West Village. It is a place for learning, designing, collaborating and building with traditional and digital fabrication tools with an emphasis on low cost open source innovation.
On Thursday December 8, between 6-9pm Ultimaker and Autodesk will be hosting a Fusion 360 3D Design workshop. The workshop will be led by Autodesk’s Fusion 360 expert Tanner Reid. Participants will design a personalized 3D printed lampshade compatible with an off-the-shelf Ikea lamp socket. Even if you have some, little or no experience with Fusion 360, you’ll learn ways to approach design for 3D-printing, how to get started with a new design, and how to best strategize for a “smart” model. Topics will include sketching, solid modeling, patterns, and the parametric timeline. Everyone will leave the class with a ready-to-3D-print lampshade file.
At the event, I reunited with friends (and former colleagues!) and totally enjoyed exploring Fusion360 to design a 3D lampshade for an IKEA SEKOND lamp! Here are some downloadable files created by others:
Here’s my final lampshade design being printed on the Makerbot 2X:
Also, check out the video below which describes the project:
Today marked another free, fun, and family-friendly Scratch Day organized by Michael Tempel of The Logo Foundation. This season’s event was held at The Computer School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Tracy Rudzitis and her awesome students generously, graciously, and smoothly facilitated throughout. More information can be found on the Scratch Day website here: www.logofoundation.org/scratchday
My particular workshop was something I’ve led many times before. Today was special, though, as Stephen Lewis provided FunkeyFunkey boards and sensors for us to use and was available to help and troubleshoot when needed. Here’s the description from the program:
Scratch, Cardboard, and FunkeyFunkey Musical Instruments
FunkeyFunkey is a microcontroller board – just like MakeyMakey – that allows you to use every-day objects and materials such as aluminum foil, playdough, and bananas to interact with your Scratch projects. We’ll construct cardboard shapes, add conductive elements, connect them to FunkeyFunkey, and program different instruments, sounds, and notes using Scratch to play music and form a band! Audience: People of all ages (children under 8 years old should bring a parent or older sibling to help out) no prior Scratch experience is needed.
Steven (@inventionlab), created the FunkeyFunkey as part of his Make!Sense line of reasonably-priced and accessible micro-controllers and sensors. It’s a pleasure to be able to purchase great tools from Stephen, as he also provides assistance, resources, information, and local delivery! The FunkeyFunkey Simple is only $9.95 and the FunkeyFunkey Sensor starts at $29.95 plus whichever sensors you purchase. At The Brearley School, we invested in class sets of FunkeyFunkey Sensor boards, Infrared (IR) breakbeams, hearbeat sensors,tilt sensors, three different kinds of touch sensors, and a bunch of his well-designed alligator clips.
Finally, below are some pics from Tracy’s awesome Makerspace at The Computer School. Tracy is such a rockstar, and if you try to gush about her or the magic that happens in her classroom (which I do often), she’ll always say, “It’s not me, it’s the kids!”