How much do I love my PLN? Let me count two ways…
Luigi Cicala (@luigi_teacher) of The Brearley School shared this post on one of my GoogleGroups:
I ran into Baz, an inventor at MakerFaire, and I think he’s created the best use ever for a 3d printing pen: he’s built a Lego EV3 3d printer using the pen as the extruder!
Then Maureen Reilly (@MaureenRReilly) of The Marymount School shared this!
Yes! Baz (or Marc Andre Bazergui) is a good friend and also made an Instructable if you want to build this LEGO EV3 3-D Printer: http://www.instructables.com/id/EV3Dprinter/
This project has HUGE potential for Math connections – Baz’s printer currently can “only” be programmed to make polygons – but programming polygons is big stuff especially considering the Z axis!
The pens he uses are only $40 on Amazon. We have a few of them here and they are MUCH easier to use than the 3-D doodler (smaller in size)
Consider attending some of the offerings at the October 25, 2014 edition of Teach21 Professional Development Institute at The School at Columbia University in New York City. Among other great choices, these are the two half-day workshops I’ll be leading:
3D Designing and Printing (Grades 2-8) from 9:00am – 11:30am
Let’s talk about the basics of a variety of design thinking protocols and explore how to create 3D designs using Tinkercad, Sketchup, and other tools. These 3D files can be exported to a Makerbot Replicator 2 printer while discussing possible integrated project ideas in Math, Science, Art, Social Studies across Upper Elementary and Middle School grades. You’ll leave the workshop with more confidence about the 3D design landscape and how to build a network of teachers interested in designing and making.
Our Portfolios, Ourselves: Crafting a Digital Portfolio of Your Work as an Educator from 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Curation is a 21st Century skill, so let’s show how to gather archival evidence of your professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio. You’ll learn tips to get started: What to gather? Where to put it? How much will this cost? How to organize it? What settings to use? How to link or embed artifacts? How to connect with others?
FedEx just delivered the Replicator 2 spring-loaded drive block replacement kit that I ordered from Makerbot earlier this week. It’s a free part, you just have to pay tax and any shipping/handling fees. Dylan Ryder and I just installed the new drive block and it works amazingly! It’s seriously like having a brand new and improved machine. If you haven’t already ordered the part, do it now!
Request the drive block replacement here: http://store.makerbot.com/extruder-upgrade
Follow the installation instructions in the video here:
The good people at Makerbot’s customer service also sent me this video about how to clear a thermal barrier tube block in the machine’s extruder with this video tutorial: