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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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Pics and notes from #TeacherTuesdays at @littleBits store tonight. #STEAM #MakerEd

http://littlebits.cc/teacher-tuesdays-at-the-nyc-littlebits-pop-up-store

The littleBits pop-up retail shop in Soho is prototyping hosting Teacher Tuesdays this month. I was super honored and excited to be the special guest at tonight’s event organized by Michael Muhanna.

I introduced the Parts, Purposes and Complexities exercise (via Agency By Design out of Harvard Graduate School of Education) that I learned about in June while at Design Do Discover. As per their Twitter  bio, @AgencybyDesign is “A multiyear research initiative at Project Zero investigating the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning experiences.”

This activity is perfect for an introductory exploration of littleBits, as it encourages individual or small group exploration of the various parts (in this case, the bits), their separate purposes, and how they fit together magnetically to form more complex circuits.

It was awesome to see familiar faces in the audience including three awesome ladies from @MarymountNY (@lesa_wang, @MaureenrReilly, and @snipskmw) who are launching a 1:1 litlltBits program staying in graders 3,4, and 5 this year. Check out their awesome tweets as they share their students’ progress and explorations!

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5th graders at @The_School are “outsourcing” their Greek 3-D temple designs!

There’s an awesome project happening in two of the 5th grade classrooms at The School at Columbia University right now. To supplement their study of Ancient Greece, Dena Rothstein and Heather Lortie, are having their students collaborate with students from The Marymount School across Central Park on the Upper East Side. (The School is located on the Upper West Side…) Both groups are designing 3D Greek temples using Tinkercad and sharing their online files with a group at the other school to tweak, customize, and ultimately build (“print”) in our 3D printers. The humor of us being able to say that we are literally outsourcing to the East is not lost on us.

Teachers supporting this collaboration at The School are Heather, Dena, Greg Benedis-Grab (@gbenedisgrab), and Don Buckley (@donbuckley) with a lot of support from Cristina Martinez (@finlaycm) and a little support from me. On the UES of the park, Jaymes Dec (@jaymesdec) and Lesa Wang oversee Marymount’s particpation in the project. Jaymes designed the new Fab Lab at Marymount, and he just spoke at TEDxNYED last month.

Today, the groups communicated “long distance” and “real time” using Google Video Chat. (Cristina Martinez turned on the Chat feature for students just for this project and just for a few days. Usually, this feature is disabled.) I moved about checking on all of the groups. At one point, I observed four kids (two in front of me and two on the screen) discuss their designs and even use a secondary laptop facing the camera to visibly demonstrate how to use Tinkercad to make a triangular hole to decorate the roof of a temple. I thought that was awesome. 🙂

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Notes from our tour of the Marymount’s new Fab Lab with @JaymesDec

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I just got back from a tour of Marymount‘s new Fab Lab led by Jaymes Dec (@JaymesDec) and Lesa Wang. (Fab is short for Fabrication) Lesa has been teaching art at Marymount for years, and she says her whole curriculum has changed as a result of having the Fab Lab available to her. Marymount is an all-girls PreK-12 independent school on the Upper East Side. Visiting along with me from The School at Columbia University were Greg Benedis-Grab (science), Gina Marcel (K-2 Technology), Dena Rothstein (5th Grade), and David Waterbury (Tech).

Jaymes learned about technology as a graduate student in the ITP program at NYU Tisch. (ITP = Interactive Telecommunications Program). He has experience teaching afterschool robotics classes at Vision Education. Jaymes helped establish GreenFab in the Bronx, and when their 3-year funded project ended, he happened to be consulting for Marymount to set up their Fab Lab. Currently, he is employed by Marymount working on projects with grades K, 5, 6, 7, 8.

In terms of building their 3D designs, Jaymes prefers Tinkercad over 3DTin. He says Google SketchUp isn’t designed to create 3D files natively – for that, you need to install a plugin.

In the Fab Lab are a ridiculous number of printing machines including an Epilog Laser ($30K) and the corresponding filter system. There are also multiple CNC printers including Makerbots and ShopBots. (CNC = Computer Numeric Control) The Shopbot is a 3D milling machine that can drill on 3 axes. This particular unit has a digitizing probe that can act like a 3D scanner so you can scan, modify, and print!
There were awesome examples of student work on the whole 4th floor:
– In the Science room, students were constructing workable prosthetic arms.
– In the Art room, students were redesigning toothbrushes, building their “dream car,” and making models of buildings.
– In the Fab Lab, students were building a variety of functional 3D objects.
Our ultimate ulterior motive for visiting was to see examples of innovation in education and to find a way for our 5th graders and Marymount’s 5th graders to collaborate on a project. Both schools study Ancient Greece, so one possible collaboration may involve The School kids designing temples and outsourcing to Marymount kids for actual printing (and vice versa). Or maybe we even have kids collaborating “long distance” on a design project using GoogleDocs and Skype.

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