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3D designing & printing Xingming Yin (personal name seals) in Class 8 Mandarin. @BrearleyNYC #MakerEd #NYCISTk6

I’m currently working with Yue Tang and Yusi Gao, Class VIII Mandarin teachers at The Brearley School, on a Xingming Yin (personal name seals) project. Historically and currently, a yin is a seal or stamp used to “prove identity on documents, contracts, art, or similar items where authorship is considered important.” After learning about Ian Klapper’s medieval seals and “moveable type” projects at Construct3D conference, I was inspired to suggest this to the Mandarin teachers.

Yue and Yusi allotted three class periods for students to design a seal in Tinkercad, print their stamp on our Makerbot printers, and try using the finished product. The steps involved are:

  • Create a hand-drawn design
  • Use Photoshop to isolate the ink
  • Flip the image horizontally
  • Export as JPG
  • Convert JPG to SVG (with online converter)
  • Import SVG to Tinkercad
  • Place SVG onto a box
  • 3D print

Here are the slides I shared with the Brearley girls to help them navigate the Photoshop and Tinkercad steps at their own pace:

Today, I’m going to run to a stationery store to purchase sealing wax (which melts via an embedded wick like a candle) and wax glue sticks that can be heating through a glue gun. With better planning, I would have ordered these three items below via Amazon:

Here are my slides from a presentation about this project at a NYCISTk6 meetup with other technology teachers from NYC independent schools:

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Pics of @SpeyerLegacy’s #Makerspace from tonight’s #NYCIST meeting. #edtech

Thanks for organizing our monthly meetings this year, President Colin Samuel! Thanks for hosting tonight and for the tour, Jen Davenport!

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Photos from UNIS’s #CoLaboratory #makerspace and our #MakerEd inspired #NYCIST meeting:

JP Connolly (@technobiologist) is doing such a great job as this year’s President of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists. Each year, the Prez is responsible for organizing the location and topic of our monthly face-to-face gatherings. I value these meetings and the group – it’s my favorite PLN. It was great to see exhibits from JP and Liz Arum (St. Anne’s), Jeremy Sambuca (Browning/Hewitt), Francesca Zammarano and Javier Alvez and Kamran (UNIS), and others.

Learn more about UNIS’s CoLaboratory here: http://www.makered.org/united-nations-international-schools-makerspace-aka-colaboratory/

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