Recognizing the Community in Colleges in Heartland America

ATEA Region 5 meets in North Platte, Nebraska

North Platte, NE often serves as a stopping place on the transit between the East and the West Coasts of America. The Original Transcontinental Airways that carried mail between Washington D.C., New York & San Francisco made a stopover at the North Platte Landing Field, which was the …

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ShopBot one of the most popular tools at think[box] maker space

Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] is arguably one of the largest and most dynamic maker spaces in the country. think[box] is located at Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and provides a space for anyone – students, faculty, and alumni and members of the community – to tinker and …

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ShopBot helps Florida schools establish sorely needed STEM education

Middle schooler helps assemble a ShopBot

There has certainly been a lot of press ink, as well as talk coming from the business and political establishment, about the need for more STEM education in the U.S. to better educate our young people to compete for jobs. Nowhere is the talk turning into action more …

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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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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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(STEM to STEAM) 3D Design and Fabrication Club!

Hey there! It’s been too long since I last posted but I wanted to update you on some exciting news going on at my school. My Art Teacher friend (Louie Aragon) and I have finally gotten around to cleaning out a space for a new 3D Design and Fabrication Club. We have been working with …

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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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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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Students Operating CNC Digital Fabrication Equipment in Boatshop

Students Learn Digital Fabrication at Bayfront Maritime Center

May 28, 2011 The new ShopBot CNC digital fabrication equipment is up and running with Erie, PA, high school students in the Bayfront Maritime Center Boatshop, a community-based educational center. These kids are learning valuable 21st century workplace skills. First they design a project using a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program. This data is then converted into a Computer Numeric Control (CNC) toolpath to run the digital fabrication machine. …

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