MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER DAY CAMP
Botcamp was a series of six one-week programs held at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, teaching skills in design and engineering. There were three different programs:
In the first, they each created a functional toy organ and speaker using the design process, prototyping, and 3D modeling and printing. Everyone got to go home with an organ of their own design.
In the second, they downloaded templates from Thingiverse and hacked them into their own customized products that they could bring home and actually use in their day-to-day lives.
In the third, they played with 3D-scanning, and were able to print their own custom characters that they used to make short stop-motion animations using the iPad app, iStopMotion.
Collaboration with Liz Arum through the Makerbot Foundation
at the PopTech Conference
Leading up to the panel I was invited to sit on at the PopTech conference, we staged an activity with a 3D printer to demonstrate the value 3D printing could bring to teachers.
The printer was playing its part in an ongoing iterative design process. The attendees were given drinking straws, and we're challenged to design 3D printed parts that would connect the straws to construct the them into structures. As people mocked-up their ideas with modeling clay, I manipulated 3D models on the 60” monitor and the printer printed the little connectors. The challenge of building a structure was chosen because it’s something that’s particularly difficult to design without building it up in the real world.
Collaboration in Richard Tyson
At The Jewish Museum
This family workshop took place on the closing day of the ThreeAsFour exhibit, MerKaBa at the Jewish Museum. There were five families in attendence with kids aged 11-13. The families designed custom stencils in Inkscape and 3D printed them, so that they could use them to make decorative greeting cards.
Special day for Havergal
The Institute at Havergal hosted a Day of Creativity with Purpose for Havergal's Junior School in Toronto, Canada.
In the morning, the students watched an acrobatic show, performed by a group from Cirque du Soliel. The plot addressed themes of sustainability, and more broadly, the relationship between creativity and vulnerability. The kids were encouraged to experience that freedom through drama games.
In the afternoon, in groups, students expressed their creativity in the medium of their choosing.