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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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Yes, I actually spent time gathering my tweets from @MakerFaire NYC weekend. #MFNY17 #MakerEd

Since I can’t get Storify to embed properly into a WordPress.com site, and I still do not self-host a WordPress.org site, I am gathering below my tweets from the last few days at Maker Faire NYC and some Maker Faire meetups.

Thursday, September 21

I went to the Maker Faire NY “Real World 3D Printing” Panel at Fat Cat Fab Lab hosted by Matterhackers and Ultimaker. It was great to reunite with other independent school technologists and fellow Ultimaker Pioneers, Ian Klapper (@ian32one), Rurik Nackerud (@okay2fail), and Sarah Rolle (@artdabbler13). I’m ever grateful to Liz Arum (@lizarum), the fabulous Education Community Strategist at Ultimaker North America), for suggesting I join the Pioneers, sending me updates about awesome meetups and conferences, and encouraging me to submit a 3D project for the inaugural Design Challenge Starter Pack. I love that my 3D Mandarin Seals project is immortalized in print among other inspiring projects from educators and artists! Here are some of  my posts from the evening:

#NYCIST friends at this @MatterHackers @Ultimaker Pre-@MakerFaire 3D-Mixer. #MakerEd

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Friday, September 22

I attended the 3rd (and my 3rd) annual Make: Education Forum at the NY Hall of Science where I reunited with teacher friends from the NYC Department of Education, technologists from other independent schools in New York and around the country, and exhibitors I met previously at previous Maker Faires or conferences. At the forum, Dale Dougherty, CEO and Founder of Make, exuded inspiration, genuine excitement, and kindness as he launched the day, introduced each speaker, and moderated the Q&As. Here is the schedule of speakers from the day. As per previous years, Dale offered attendees a backstage tour of the Maker Faire after the forum. Below is the description from the website — it’s a great event to attend if you can swing it!

Co-hosted with our partner, New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), the event is Friday, September 22, at the New York Hall of Science, home of World Maker Faire New York, from 10am to 4pm. This year, our focus will be on computational making, rethinking professional development for maker education and how making is not just about creating a makerspace but creating a maker culture.

Hear from educators, makerspace organizers, librarians, local and federal state department representatives, and youth organizations who have developed models and platforms to serve this agenda. If you are an individual who is either formally or informally supporting and/or creating project-based learning programs for kids that support general STEM areas, as educational policy makers, superintendents and principals, or youth programing coordinators, please join us.

Here are the tweets I shared during the day:

After the Make: Education Forum, I made it to a Maker Educator Meetup  hosted/sponsored by Maker Promise, Autodesk, and MackinMaker at NYU Tandon School of Engineering’s Makerspace. Here a tweet with photographic evidence via Mara Hitner (@3DPrintGirl):

Sunday, September 24

I made it to another Maker Faire NYC! Every year, I try to organize a block of tickets (through the Technology Department budget) for colleagues to visit the Maker Faire on Sunday, as there is a reduced Sunday group rate of 4 tickets for a total of $100. I also recommended people use their personal Professional Development monies if they want to get their own ticket to attend on Saturday. Additionally, I suggest they volunteer and attend for free (!) via the Make Faire Traveler Program. Here are my tweets from Sunday’s Maker Faire:

PS. I want to keep track of these tweets from others as well:

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