Mr. Caratachea introduced the 3Doodler. This is an amazing tool that the students can use to bring anything they can think of to life in three dimensions. The idea behind it combines 3D printing and a hot glue gun. When using the 3Doodler you have to load the colored filament in the back of the pen. There are two speeds that the pen can extrude the filament, fast and slow. The pen can also be set to extrude filament continuously or only when the operator is holding the button. Depending on the type of doodling you are doing all of these settings can be helpful. The first thing that was discussed with the students was safety. Since this 3D pen melts the filament, the tip of it gets pretty hot! Each student that attended the MakerFest knows never to touch the end of the 3Doodler. Drawing in 3D isn’t as easy as it sounds and will require a little practice. Luckily there are templates that come with the 3Doodler and even more online that can be printed out. These templates are great because it makes drawing with the 3Doodler as easy as tracing on paper. There are even step by step guides that can be printed out to help the artists make their creations. Two of the crowd favorites were the step by step instructions for animals and of course Star Wars characters.
Mrs. Hues' station got students drawing using Masterpiece with Osmo. Osmo features a clip on piece with a mirror that attaches to an iPad where the camera is located so that the camera looks down at the table where students are working. With Masterpiece, students select a picture from the gallery and it appears on the iPad. Using paper and markers on the table, students look up at the iPad to trace the red lines. When they are finished and look down at their paper, they will see their masterpiece!
Osmosaurus from Karen Hues on Vimeo
I was in charge of the MaKey MaKey station.
Also set up were two computers with THIS skiing game. The object of the game is to get the skier from the top of the hill to the bottom of hill without running into trees. You also have to build a snowman by collecting snowman parts along the way. Students used the MaKey MaKeys as the controllers that were hooked up to PlayDough. Jessica Robinson had the clever idea to use holiday cookie cutters to cut out shapes so we had stars and gingerbread men acting as the left and right arrow keys. Such a cute idea!
Jon Wirsing manned the Tinkercad station. Tinkercad is a very powerful online 3D modeling website. The best thing about Tinkercad is that it is very child friendly. With practice students in elementary school can design their own three dimensional objects that can then be printed with a 3D printer. This website is free of charge! The students simply login with their Google accounts and they are ready to go. Working in a 3D workspace can definitely be tricky, so the students will be starting small and working their way to more complex designs. This type of tool can be extremely valuable in the classroom because some students, especially visual learners, will be able to take an abstract idea they study in school and make it a tangible object.
The 3D printing station was lead by a 4th grade student whose family donated their old 3D printer to the school, so it was only fitting that he was the person explaining what the students can do with a 3D printer. Our Instructional Technology department here in Henrico County has been working with our 3D printer that we purchased with a grant from The Henrico Education Foundation, so we are familiar with integrating the idea of 3D printing and design into the classroom curriculum. The students explained to his fellow peers the process of 3D printing and how sometimes things don’t always turn out the way that you expect them to turn out. 3D printing is a great tool for the trial and error process, which is an idea that makers truly embody. The students at this elementary school will use Tinkercad to design their very own 3D objects and be able to print them right at school!
Mrs. Gebhard, the library assistant, was in charge of the sewing machine. Sewing is a very important life skill that these lucky students will be able to say they possess after elementary school. Mrs. Gebhard showed the students how to operate the sewing machine, and also how to troubleshoot when issues arise. While showing the students she focused on safety and the importance of being extremely careful while using this great tool. The students who are interested in using the sewing machine are also going to receive more in depth training by a volunteer from Jo-Ann Fabric. Once the students know how to safely and properly use the sewing machine they will be able to use it in Makerspace.
Check out all of the fun we had at MakerFest Day:
MakerFest 2015 from Julie on Vimeo.
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