Digital Fabrication in Education Workshop

Do you have digital fabrication equipment such as a ShopBot CNC machine, laser cutter, and/or a 3D printer, and an interest in education? Do you want to know more about the software and machines available to you? Are you a facilitator of a digital fab lab or makerspace who would like to join a support …

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My Latest Adventures in the World of Education

In my role doing community outreach for ShopBot Tools, I have participated in the installation of several new digital Fab Labs/makerspaces in public and private schools around the US. While each of the installations has been different, there are lessons to be learned from each one. Here are a few recent case studies:

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SolidWorks, FabLabs and ShopBot

Dassault Systèmes SOLIDWORKS Corp. offers complete 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software that engineers, designers and other technology professionals use to create, simulate, publish, and manage their data. The FabLabs are an international community of over 300 fabrication laboratories, complete with an array of digital fabrication equipment, electronics components and molding equipment so that the community …

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CNC and STEM (STEAM) Education: 1

In 2003, the director of technical education at the Clark County School System in Las Vegas, NV took a big step: CNC (computer numerically controlled) equipment was introduced into the woodworking programs at most of the middle schools and high schools in the district. It was a bold step, one taken to introduce technology (computers) …

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New FabLab at North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University, a HBCU located in Durham, NC, introduced its new FabLab to the Board of Visitors on Thursday, Nov 20, 2014. A new sign, designed by University Architect Tim McCullen and fabricated by on a ShopBot by Sallye Coyle, greeted the Board as they came down the hall of the Mary M. …

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A Day Without “Bells”

 

Whether it is woodworking or robotics, one of the challenges of teaching in a public high school is that the bell rings for the next class just as the students/teachers have really settled into their projects. So it was a privilege to have 3 students from Kelvin Hasch’s woodworking program at Greely High School …

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ShopBot Training, Aug 2014: Life Long Learning

In TJ’s training at ShopBot this past week, of the 10 entities represented, 6 were involved in education in some form or another. Another 3 were “life long learners” with the idea of using their new ShopBots in a career change because they had been laid off from their old job, or were creating a …

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Digital Fab at the Maker Faire, Paris

Paris’s first Maker Faire took place in late June at the Centquatre Center.

ShopBot had a presence there, thanks to Sallye from ShopBot putting a Handibot in a suitcase and flying it over for the event and leFabShop from San Malo bringing their Desktop. LeFabShop has a variety of digital fab tools and classes …

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Roving ShopBots attend ITEEA and Burlington (NC) mini Maker Faire

In late March, ShopBot was fortunate enough to be invited to participate with the USFLN (US FabLab Network) booth at the ITEEA (International Technology and Engineering Education Association) Meeting in Orlando. The booth was staffed by Sallye Coyle (ShopBot), Caroline McEnnis (TIES), Andrea Lane (Lorain County Community College, Ohio) and David Richardson (LLCC, Ohio.)

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Creating a Jig for the ShopBot Handibot

This week, I’m getting ready for a number of upcoming STEM-related conferences and festivals. I’ll be taking both a Desktop and a Handibot, and want to have attendees get the thrill of running a ShopBot.

I use what I call the “3 min demo” that lets someone design a sign in CAD software, prepare it …

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