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Notes from Day 2 of #Construct3D hosted by @DukeU. #MakerEd #STEMed #STEAM

I am thoroughly enjoying this inaugural #Construct3D conference, and I hope to return for additional annual events to follow! Today offered a great lineup of sessions for teachers, makers, K-12 (elementary, middle, and upper), college, grad school, STEM, STEAM, low tech, high tech, formal ed (schools), informal ed (libraries, afterschool programs), software, hardware, and more. Day 2 including another jam-packed schedule of speakers and workshops. See the full line-up here: https://construct3d2017.sched.com/

This morning’s keynote was delivered by Skylar Tibbits of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab! He shared many awesome futuristic projects with smart materials that he and/or the lab have designed/created/explored including:
1. Fluid assembly furniture
2. 4D printing explorations (materials changes over time – just like Slaughterhouse Five)
3. Programmable materials
4. Aerial assemblies of weather balloons
5. Auxetic materials
6. Rapid liquid printing
7. Rock printing
Skylar’s last slide stated, “Today we program computers and machines. Tomorrow we will program matter itself.”

Following the keynote, I remained in the ballroom for Eric Schimelpfenig‘s session entitled, My Making Journey. Eric described himself as a lackluster student who nevertheless amassed an impressive repertoire of skills which he now puts to use as a digital designer and fabricator. Eric’s website is full of his work and passion projects. Here’s a time-lapse video of Eric assembly the foosball table he designed in Sketchup…

Next, I went downstairs towards Tim Pelton’s Whittling, Learning and Engaging with 3D Printing in Elementary School. Among much other information delivered, Tim shared the story of Austin’s Butterfly and how it evolved via critique & multiple drafts. https://vimeo.com/38247060

I headed next door to play with Sharri Duncan, Joanna McCumber, and a whole lot of 3D pens and filament in their 3D Drawing at Our Fingertips session. Their slides are here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1u6zAkjwMRpgBeP6hXBJ4wVCPfuKFCg7PjVn8y5R0_gY/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00

Following this, I attended Using 3D Printed Surfaces in an Inquiry Style Multivariable Calculus Course with Michael Gagliardo. Back in my  days, I used  in Multivariable Calculus to design 3D digital models of graphs that we could then view on a 2D computer screen. Nowadays, it’s a simple matter to print these graphs in various materials and hold them in your hands. The future is awesome!

After this was a great talk by Tom Burtonwood about his work, Beyond the Inflection Point – Lessons Learned from 3D Printing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tom’s notes from the session are here. Also, he has an assortment of his projects on his website here: http://tomburtonwood.com/

Then I stopped by Josh Burker‘s session, Bits From Atoms: Logo and FabricationBits From Atoms: Logo and Fabrication. I’m a huge fan of Josh and his inspiring personal and school projects. His resources from today’s workshop can be found here: http://joshburker.pbworks.com/w/page/117371211/Bits%20to%20Atoms%3A%20Logo%20and%20Fabrication%20-%20Construct3DIMG_5655

I then headed over to a much-anticipated talk from Corinne TakaraCAD Design and 3D Printing as Community and Culture Building Tools. I was made aware of Corinne’s inspirational work through many tweets I saw retweeted by other Maker Educators who I follow. Meeting her in person was a thrill! Among many incredible projects, Corinne shared about her work with a mobile maker cart in Japantown, San Jose, where she had visitors design and create netsuke (obi ornaments traditionally worn by men), a project getting people to design personalized skulls (calaveras) celebrating the life of  a deceased loved one for Dia de Los Muertos, and her mycelium chandelier project. Check out Corinne’s glorious work on her site: http://www.okadadesign.com/ The slides from her impressive session are here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_RQS03QhVxXLbjYOfTBfD9YGM3fHH000dGNrmI2QgJw/mobilepresent?slide=id.p

I’m bummed I missed Justin Riley‘s session, It’s Turtle Graphics All The Way Down. We chatted later, and he helped me compare and contrast BeetleBlocks and BlocksCAD. Based on his extensive knowledge and experience using BeetleBlocks with middle schoolers, I agree that it’s a more age-appropriate tool. Also, here is a link to his session’s slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XfZSRYLQlUH8zVlFyAA8mkdptH8sHRW-EVsWWesegOU/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.phttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1XfZSRYLQlUH8zVlFyAA8mkdptH8sHRW-EVsWWesegOU/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

Next up was a session by Mark PeetersOpenSCAD Makes Coding, Math and 3D Printing Accessible to Elementary Students. His resources are in a Google Drive Folder here: tinyurl.com/kxseykr Mark shared a mindblowingly simple trick for folding paper to represent a 3D axis! The PDF of his template is in his resources folder.

I then went upstairs to hear from the inimitable Tim Cooper about Creating a 3D Printing Culture in Your School. Among other projects, Tim shared that since his students wear uniforms, some of them 3D designed and printed tie-clips and bowties for themselves and the community.

At this point, I rushed out to a hallway to join Melda Yildiz‘s SpeedTECH Conference at New York Institute of Technology (via Zoom video conferencing) and gush about edcamp for 5 minutes. It’s kinda remarkable to me that I remembered AND made it on time. Yay!

After this escalation to my heart rate, I popped in on Anna Engelke session, Outside the Box: Teaching 3D Printing with Low-Tech STEM Activities. I love a balance between high-tech and low-tech, and Anna had a few stations to explore different ways to address possible limitations with time, tools, and other resources. One table had to keep a pen upright at the center of a “wheel” of strings held by each participant, They were tasked with writing on a piece of paper as a collaborative effort. Such a great team building activity!

After this, I stopped by 3D Printing in the Art Room with Wendy Aracich. Wendy shared awesome student projects for elementary, middle, and upper schoolers using Tinkercad, Inkscape, Blender, and Sculptris. She also shared slides of thought-provoking artists and works to inspire her students. Wendy shared her slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/11DFNQ3ow3SVXa7J7irKg8TcR08t3eEPm-4pEa4G-ua8/edit#slide=id.g35f391192_00

Finally, it was time for dinner and pre-dinner PechaKucha talks — 20 images, 20 seconds per image, no clickers. We were lucky to hear from the following great minds:

There was a lovely gift to attendees flickering around the lobby and dining areas: Holey Cylinder 3D printing votive candles designed by Christopher Hanusa, aka Math Art Shop, and printed at Duke’s CoLab Studio…

And now, after a 16-hour day of learning, sharing, and networking, I’m officially tired and closing my laptop for the night.

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Pics from Day 1 of #Construct3D and @DukeU’s @InnovionCoLab Studio. #MakerEd #STEMed #STEAM

I’m at Duke University for the inaugural Construct3D conference sponsored by Duke, Ultimaker, Autodesk, and ShopBot! Many thanks to co-organizer, Liz Arum, for encouraging me to attend. Below is the description from their website:

Construct3D 2017 is a national conference on digital fabrication focused on “3D printing” for higher education,  K-12, and community education. Join us as we explore ways to foster student engagement, support research, and improve understanding using 21st century technology.

Construct3D 2017 aims to bring together educators from a broad range of educational contexts to exchange ideas and innovation — to accelerate adoption and exploration of 3D printingConstruct3D offers educational pioneers opportunities to shape the implementation of 3D printing in education in years to come.

After a walk and a biscuits and gravy lunch with Ian Klapper of City and Country School, we made our way to Duke’s Technology Engagement Center for workshops and a tour of the Innovation Co-Lab Studio by its director, Chip Bobbert. Photos of the Co-Lab‘s awesome space for digital fabrication are posted below. Check out the mesmerizing wall of Ultimaker printers as well as laser cutters, CNC mills, 3D jet printers, a vending machine of engineering tools, and other tools that make me happy including a vinyl cutter and sewing machine.

 

 

Pics from the opening reception with a keynote from Dale Dougherty of Make Magazine and early glimpses of the vendor tables are below:


Some videos from educator projects highlighted at Ultimaker’s table are below:​


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Pics from my lunch and walk with Ian are below:

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Notes from yesterday’s #BabyNYCIST app share. #edchat #isedchat

Voicethread
Puppetpals
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Yesterday we had an App Share at our BabyNYCIST meeting hosted by the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. K-5 technologists from a variety of NYC indepedent schools gathered to demo some of their favorite iPad apps. (These BabyNYICST meetings are a spinoff from the more techie/geeky NYCIST meetings.)

Here are some of the apps that were shared:
Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1WordFoto – “turns your photos and words into stunning works of art” – shared by Lan Heng from Ethical. Lan also showed great examples of iPad ePub books that her students have published. They designed their books using Pages, these incorporated word processing, Keynote presentations that were exported at videos, and images. The Pages files were exported using the simple ePub feature. Lan said that next year, she is going to use InDesign to make a yearbook and then ePub for iPads. Lan also demo’d Book Creator.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Voicethread  – “create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos…Anyone can join the discussion from their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or PC” – shared by Ellen Baru from The Cathedral School. Ellen likes the iPad version of Voicethread more than the web version. She also uses little microphones from Chill Pill (I’m pretty sure she was talking about the Rap Cap which are ridiculously inexpensive).

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Explain Everything – “easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations” – shared by Marina Benasuli from Horace Mann. Explain everything is described by its co-creator, Reshan Richards, as ShowMe on steroids.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1ShowMe – “turn your iPad into your personal interactive whiteboard…allows you to record voice-over whiteboard tutorials and share them online.”

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1FlipBoom Draw – “Create cartoons that come to life on your iPad” – shared by Wendy Semsel at The Churchill School.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Paint With Time – “explore how the world is changing by controlling the flow of time with your fingers in this new app” – also shared by Wendy Semsel.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1PuppetPals – “create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time…simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record…” – shared by Judith Seidel of Friends Seminary. Judith said that her K teachers chose PuppetPals over Toontastic, but she likes Toontastic for the older kids since it incorporates a story arc.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Pages – Judith also shared how 3rd graders make Alphabet books in Pages for their K buddies. Next year she may use BookCreator because of how well it integrates with Lion.

Screen_shot_2012-03-02_at_1Book Creator – “the simple way to create your own beautiful iBooks, right on the iPad” – shared by Ellen Nickels and Scott Lerner from The Dalton School. They like Book Creator’s simple interface for integrating text, pictures, drawings. They find it easier than Pages for the smaller kids. They plan to do projects with SonicPics and ShowMe soon.

Other things shared:

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