Monthly Archives: October 2011

3D Printing , Makers, and Kids

The labs here has cover 3D printers over the past few years. But today we bring you Makerbot training for teachers via Makerbot.com (unfortunately this is in New York & not Kansas :( ) !

Are you a teacher or educator interested in bringing a MakerBot into the classroom? During this 4 hour session you will be introduced to 3-D printing with the MakerBot Thing-o-Matic. We’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of creating a 3-D computer model and preparing it for printing with the MakerBot. You will be given an overview of various 3-D modeling software tools that are available for free online. In addition, you will be shown a set of lesson plans that you can use with your students over the course of a semester. No prior knowledge of 3-D modeling or 3-D printing is required. Please bring a laptop computer to the workshop.

See the Makerbot in action:

Build Your Own ! – Arduino Kit for Kids

Build your own Arduino Kit for Kids – & Program with Scratch !
(Step 1) – Get the parts at http://Sparkfun.com (all for around $45)
(Step 2) – Get Scratch4Arduino at http://seaside.citilab.eu/scratch/arduino

The Parts !

Arduino - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9950
Servo - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10189
USB Cable - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/512
LED - http://www.sparkfun.com/products/10635
The Blocks - http://www.megabloks.com/Shop/MEGA_Bloks/Mini_Micro/Micro_Bloks_266

Scratch & The Greenbush Labs Arduino Kit for Kids

The Greenbush Labs project will soon be releasing (along with our “Programming Simple Machines with Scratch” class) our “Arduino Kit for Kids” …. Our prototype is pictured below. The kit will contain a combination of a pre-configured Arduino (for programming with Scratch) mini-MegaBloks, LED’s, and a full rotation motor.  Our goal is to provide an extremely low cost Scratch programmable hardware kit to get kids excited about making simple machine perform simple tasks !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Greenbush Labs Projects of Interest:
* Edusim (2007) – 3D Immersive Touch for the Interactive Whiteboard
* GreenbushGrid - (2007) – School hosted Opensim virtual environments
* ScratchTastic - (2011) – Scratch as an Android Development Platform
* ScriptTastic - (2011) – Scratch like Block programming for Opensim
* Arduino Kit for Kids - (2011) – Programming Simple Machine with Scratch
* Advanced Tech Studies for Kids - (2011) – Immersive Ed & Simple Programming Courses for Kids

Immersive Education K-12 Group Immersive Tools Walkthroughs: Oct 5th The CSI Virtual World

Immersive Education K-12 Group Immersive Tools Walkthroughs: Oct 5th The CSI Virtual World

Greeting all !The October schedule is out for the K-12 work groups immersive tools walkthroughs. The first of the new school year will be today 5:30 central time and will preview the CSI virtual world powered by Opensim and created by the Greenbush Education Service Center ! details are here: http://tinyurl.com/3msoda3 …. Please feel free to forward this to your respective colleagues. I look forward to seeing you tonight !