Skills Badges in a Maker Space

For some years, I have wanted to implement a system for badging students as they learn new skills. I always loved stickers as a kid and, although I wasn't a boy scout, I remember classmates showing their badges and accomplishments at school, and thinking that was cool, but also something they took great pride in... Continue Reading →

Walk, Don’t Walk!

A few weeks back I received an old pedestrian sign, the kind that shows an image of a person walking in white LEDs or a large hand held up to indicate "Stop!" in red LEDs. My cousin had recently purchased a batch of these at an auction for dirt cheap and thought that I might... Continue Reading →

Tinkercad Codeblocks (BETA)

Tinkercad recently announced a new feature called Codeblocks. While still in beta, this feature allows 3D designers to use code blocks (powered by Scratch) to create models that they can share, export and even place into their Parts Collection. While coding in 3D design for the average user isn't new, see OpenSCAD and BeetleBlocks as examples, having access to the... Continue Reading →

Revisiting the Automata Lesson

A few years back, in my Creator's Studio course, I taught a unit on automata. Dictionary.com defines an automaton as "a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power." I have always been intrigued by this concept, seeing example automata in museums and magic shops as a kid. The idea... Continue Reading →

Add a Little Life to Light

I enjoy including light into just about any project I create. There's something innately beautiful about the presence of light, possibly because without it we have no color. More specifically, I'm referring to the subtle use of light, whether that is something found in a photograph, a painting, or another work of art. And, I... Continue Reading →

When 3D Printing Comes to the Rescue

In preparation for the March for Our Lives, in Los Angeles, my daughter and her friends designed signs to carry while on the march. Having gone through two Women's Marches in the past using signs with sloppy supporting posts that didn't last, we needed to develop a more effective solution to hold the signs for... Continue Reading →

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