by Eric Schoembs, Edmunds Middle School educator
Last week Dan Treinis and I each received Maker Bot Replicator 2s, underwritten by the Tarrant Institute. We are working in parallel to roll out the new technology with our middle school students at Edmunds and Hunt Middle Schools.
We began last week by introducing the technology to each of our classes with live demonstrations and a short how-it-works introduction.
At the end of each class we raffled off the completed piece and the students loved it!
The Maker Bots came pre-loaded with an SD card that had several designs that we could print to test the machine. The initial setup was relatively easy so our next challenge is installing the makerware on our computers. The makerware traces the 3D models students create, then writes the code that the Maker Bot uses to precisely deposit the extruded plastic filament.
Both Dan and I are very familiar with Google Sketch Up and so are our students so we hope to use Sketch Up to create the models that we will print with the Maker Bot. So far I have been very impressed with the quality of the print and reliability of the machine.
More to come as we begin printing our own work this week!
To put it mildly, our students are very excited about having access to
this new technology!