Mike Annetts’ students learn STEM subjects and gain confidence by making with a ShopBot.

Teacher Mike Annetts

For almost 20 years Mike Annetts has been an Industrial Arts teacher in Manitoba, Canada, for students from grade 7 through 12, and he has been running a ShopBot tool in his classroom for over a decade. When we reached out to him to see if he’d like to talk about …

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ShopBot Launches Certification Classes for Teachers

ShopBot Tools has announced the launch of ShopBot Certification training. The program is being rolled out in Texas: career and technical education professionals can receive Level I Teacher Certification during the TIVA Conference in Austin, July 13th – 18th. TIVA is the state’s professional organization supporting career and technical educators.

Conference and course registration information …

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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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What can you teach from making a sign?

Bill Young brought in this sign, made from acrylic that has been V-Carved, plywood that has been pocketed and cut out, and a peg that was 3D printed. At the bottom of the sign is a strip of LEDs, their changing colors programmed with an Arduino. While it is a simple enough project, it contains …

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MAKING is helping children with disabilities discover their ABILITIES.

DIYAbility.org co-founder John Schimmel (rear, left) with workshop participants, including Matthew Altan (front row, far right). Read more about what Matthew’s been up to, below.

DIYAbility.org and digital fab are making a big difference in kids’ lives. They’re having fun, using technology, and are becoming empowered for productive & happy lives.

MAKING is helping children with disabilities discover their ABILITIES.

Engraving Acrylic for Mother’s Day

Life is hard when you are a 7th Grader who doesn’t have a present for Mother’s Day. However, have no fear…ShopBot to the rescue!

The Set-up: A student at my school…let’s call him “D”…approached me at the end of the day and told me that he wanted to make something nice for his Mom for …

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