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MakerBot Hosts STEAM Makeathon in Washington, D.C. to Celebrate the 2016 National Week of Making

by • July 15, 2016 • No Comments

manufacturerbot-logo-kickstarter-1.originalIt is been two years since President Obama hosted the initially at any time White House Maker Faire and launched his Nation of Makers initiative back in 2014. Noting the fact which additional Americans have acquireed access to inexpensive PC machining tools like 3D printing equipment, laser cutters and user friendly CAD software, the goal was to encourage both students and adults to join the expanding manufacturer movement. With such effortless access to PC making, open source innovation and free online resources like wiki pages and crowdfunding services, additional individuals than at any time can turn it into and turn it into a whole new generation of products and technologies. As you may assume, the initially responders to these kinds of opportunities are educators who have been working tirelessly to bring additional STEAM (science, innovation, engineering, arts and mathematics) education into our nation’s classrooms.

This summer MakerBot is continuing their ongoing effort to encourage STEAM education and assist educators acquire access to necessary educational resources by hosting a series of STEAM Makeathons all over the country. Last week, in honor of the next National Week of Making of June 17th to the 23rd, they held their latest Makeathon in Washington, D.C. They brought together groups of educators to collaborate on 3D printing projects and STEAM lesson plans. The goal of the two-day event was to turn it into new ways to inspire young tinkerers, turn it intoers, turn it intoers, and manufacturers. The MakerBot team hosted sessions devoted to 3D turn it into, 3D versioning, 3D printing, and basic manufacturer activities.

Educators in Washington DC turn it intoing 3D printing projects.

Educators in Washington DC turn it intoing 3D printing projects.

Just as with all of their Makeathon events held throughout the country this summer, the MakerBot team split the attending educators into groups and tasked them with creating amazing 3D printing projects for their classrooms. The groups may and so go on to compete for prizes, which include brand new MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen 3D Printers. The groups were instructed to elect activities, projects or lessons which they may already teach to their classes and find ways to manufacture them advantageous via 3D printing equipment. Once the groups accomplished their 3D printing projects they presented them to the entire group for evaluation. So all of the educators voted on the strongest projects which they believed may be inspiring to their students.

The winning team "States of Confusion".

The winning team, States of Confusion.

The initially place project was awarded to the States of Confusion team who turn it intoed an Elevator of Terror lesson plan. It was aimed at 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who may be via pulleys to move a tiny elevator. The project may rely on the students determining the optimal gear ratio which may additional efficiently raise and lower the elevator. The students may require to use both versioning skills and their skill to accurately take measurements to turn it into the correct dimensions and ratio of the gears. Each member of the winning team took home their own MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer.

Second place was awarded to the BB8 Maker Sabers group who turn it intod the BB-8 Jedi Joust challenge. In order to win, the students may require to learn how to program a Sphero, the robotic innovation utilized by the BB-8 droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so it may be capable of navigating through an obstacle course. Engineering concepts like balance, symmetry, friction, mass and pivoting may all be required to conclude the course. Each member of the 2nd place team took home an Ozobot Starter Pack and a copy of MakerBot’s 3D printing educational handbook, MakerBot in the Classroom.

Educators learned how to use 3D printing equipment during the manufactureathon.

Educators learned how to use 3D printing equipment during the Makeathon.

The Stellar Excellers team tied with the BB8 Maker Sabers for 2nd place with their Making History project. This project was turn it intoed specifically with 4th grade students in mind. Each student team may be asked to research a long-gone culture of the past and and so turn it into and fabricate what they believed may be a cultural icon of which time period. The version may be turn it intoed in Autodesk Tinkercad and and so presented with the historical data which inspired their turn it into. They won the same prizes as the other 2nd place project. All of the Makeathon projects which were turn it intoed at all of the national events have been uploaded to Thingiverse in the Summer STEAM Makeathon Group where any educators can access them for their own classes. Discuss additional in the MakerBot 3D Printing Makeathon in Washington, D.C. forum over at 3DPB.com.

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