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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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#3Ddesign lampshade using @adskFusion360. Thanks, @LizArum and @FatCatFabLab! #MakerEd #STEAM


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:
1. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1343577
2. https://grabcad.com/library/tag/lampshade
3. https://gallery.autodesk.com/fusion360/projects/ikea-lampshade

Here’s my final lampshade design being printed on the Makerbot 2X:

Also, check out the video below which describes the project:

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