The Future of Educational Technology

By Sallye Coyle, February 9th, 2018

Say “Educational Technology” to a room of teachers, administrators, and vendors, and you will get many different definitions. Having recently attended the Future of Educational Technology Conference (FETC 2018) as a “civilian” rather than an exhibitor, I was able to attend workshops and presentations, visit the entire convention floor of vendors (387), and stop …

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February 9th, 2018 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Category: Career and Technical, Digital Fabrication, Education, Events, High School, Makerspaces, Middle School, Projects, Public School, ShopBot Sallye, STEAM, STEM, Teachers | ( 34 ) | One comment

High School Students from Dripping Springs, TX Use ShopBot Tools to Rout the Competition

By ShopBot, December 28th, 2017

Jad Jadeja and the students from the Innovative Airflow Technologies and Turbo Tigers teams.

Dripping Springs might not be the biggest city in Texas, but big things are happening at its only high school. As a school that is totally committed to providing students with challenging learning opportunities in science, technology, and math, the …

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December 28th, 2017 | Category: Buddy, Desktop, Digital Fabrication, Education, Fab Labs, High School, ShopBot, Uncategorized | ( 31 ) | Comments are closed

Shelter 2.0 Gets a Boost from Vectric

By Bill Young [Bill's Corner], December 22nd, 2017

Shelter 2.0, the Open Design transitional housing design created by Bill Young and Robert Bridges, has just made the “release” files available for a new 8’x8′ design that not only reduces the materials needed, but includes a lot of small changes to make them easier to assemble and less hardware-dependent. You may have seen early …

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December 22nd, 2017 | Category: Digital Fabrication, Education, Manufacturing | ( 35 ) | Leave a comment

Handibot at the Pilchuck Glass School

By ShopBot, October 9th, 2017

Iceberg glass vase in progress – on pipe after being rolled onto textured plate.

In August 2017, Brian Gillespie and Tara Broyhill were artists in residence at the Pilchuck Glass School. During session 6, “Exploration”, they explored how generative design and digital fabrication can inform the form and texture of glass in new ways. It …

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October 9th, 2017 | Category: Design Thinking, Digital Fabrication, Education, Handibot Smart Power Tool | ( 31 ) | Leave a comment

ShopBot Joins the 2017 National Scout Jamboree’s Makerspace

By ShopBot, August 4th, 2017

One of the many campsite areas from the 2017 National Scout Jamboree

The 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Bechtel Summit Reserve in West Virginia was a huge event for makers and an opportunity for 40,000 scouts and scouters to learn how much fun a Makerspace can be. The National Jamboree set up a …

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August 4th, 2017 | Category: Desktop, Digital Fabrication, Education, Events, Handibot Smart Power Tool, ShopBot, STEM | ( 31 ) | Leave a comment

Prototyping and Production Across Platforms: Laser and CNC at Digital Fabrication for Educators, July 2017

By Sallye Coyle, August 3rd, 2017

Slide together steps prototyped and produced during July’s Digital Fab for Educators.

 

Traveling to Durham, NC from Baltimore, MD with his wife and elderly dog gave one of the July 2017 Digital Fabrication for Educators Workshop attendees, Frank, an idea of what to create during the workshop at ShopBot. The old girl (canine) …

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August 3rd, 2017 | Category: Digital Fabrication, Education, PRSalpha, ShopBot, ShopBot Sallye | ( 34 ) | Leave a comment

Digital Fabrication for Educators: Your Place or Ours

By Sallye Coyle, July 6th, 2017

Whether it takes place at ShopBot, or on site, a 2 – 3 Day Professional Development workshop gives teachers a chance to hone their skills with digital fabrication machines. Educators starting at all levels, from newby to someone with a year or more experience running their ShopBot CNC router, end up with new techniques …

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July 6th, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , | Category: Design Thinking, Digital Fabrication, Education, Getting Started in CNC, Graduate School, Handibot Smart Power Tool, High School, Makerspaces, Middle School, Public School, ShopBot Sallye, Signs, STEAM, STEM, Teachers | ( 34 ) | Leave a comment

More than a tool!

By Devin Wilson, July 2nd, 2017

Our ShopBot CNC has proved to be more than just an educational tool. Once they learned about the capabilities of the tool, students got excited about making something special for those they care about. In the 6 months since we received our Desktop MAX, students have made a multitude of signs for various people and …

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July 2nd, 2017 | Category: Desktop MAX, Education, ShopBot, Signs, Teachers | ( 3 ) | Leave a comment

It’s a Fidget!

By Devin Wilson, June 23rd, 2017

In an attempt to keep the kids involved through the end of the school year, I asked my students what they wanted to make with the ShopBot. You can probably guess what they said if you’ve seen what the latest craze is: fidget spinners. My response was fidja-what? They proceeded to introduce me to …

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June 23rd, 2017 | Tags: , | Category: Desktop MAX, Education, High School, Public School, ShopBot, STEM, Teachers | ( 3 ) | Leave a comment

(Re)Visiting Digital Fabrication Labs in Middle and Upper Schools

By Sallye Coyle, June 16th, 2017

Alberta shows off the sign she made on a ShopBot.

May and early June was the time to visit a number of digital fabrication labs in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges around the US. Some labs are fine tuning their plans after being in existence for a year or more, while some are just starting their journey.

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June 16th, 2017 | Category: Desktop, Digital Fabrication, Education, Handibot Smart Power Tool, Middle School, PRSalpha, ShopBot Sallye | ( 34 ) | Comments are closed

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