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3D Printing Examples at NASA Space Camp

Thank you to my niece Ana for sending me pictures of some cool 3D printed artifacts.   I really appreciate it.   She’s currently attending a fun NASA space camp.   It’s fun to see what’s possible with 3D printing.

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10 DIY Laser Cutter Project Ideas

  Month 3: July 16 – Laser cutting: Makers will learn the basics of designing for the laser cutter by creating beautiful bookmarks, key chains, or jewelry.  Makers will learn techniques for editing scalable vector graphics for laser cutting jobs … Continue reading

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Reflecting on 3D Modeling and Game Design workshop

We had a great time during our 3D modeling workshop at SparkMacon yesterday.   This workshop, the second class in our Summer Maker skills series, helps makers learn how to build 3D stuff for games, art and 3D printing.  The skills … Continue reading

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MakerFaire Projects You Don’t Want to Miss

My last #EditorsChoice award of this year's #MakerFaire to the giant squid #Mechateuthis. #MFBA16 pic.twitter.com/hrwmn8gdIz — Alasdair Allan (@aallan) May 23, 2016 New book for #Maker educators! "Meaningful Making" – now in print AND free download https://t.co/RcNzqPl1Ss #makerfaire — Sylvia … Continue reading

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Maker Skills Summer Workshops at SparkMacon

Through making and tinkering, students learn using their hands, grow their creativity, and become more curious about their world and testing the limits of what is possible. SparkMacon makerspace has designed a series of workshops to connect you with the … Continue reading

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Minetest: a free and open source alternative to #Minecraft

Clever teachers around the world have found ways to adapt the popular open world block-building game Minecraft to teach lessons ranging from computer programming, math, history, and more.   Minecraft is like having an infinite bag of Legos.    Minecraft has empowered … Continue reading

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4 Middle Georgia Makerspaces to Boost Your Creativity

Across the world, maker spaces have become hubs for creative technologists and artists to gather to share community, ideas, tools, and grassroots education.  In the years that I’ve blogged on InspiredToEducate.NET, it has been amazing to see the growth of … Continue reading

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Giving Yourself Margin

I’m in one of those seasons of life where my schedule feels three notches beyond packed.  We enjoy staying active in our church, our community, and family.  My wife and I believe in the concept of going above and beyond … Continue reading

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Thanks to our SparkMacon Maker Space Teachers

In the past year, we had the pleasure of organizing our first young maker program serving 15 young ladies from our community partner, Real Impact.    Through this program entitled Project Renaissance, our students gained exposure to STEAM skills including coding, … Continue reading

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Grammarly

In this blog post, I wanted to share a tool for anyone who cares about improving their clarity in writing.   As a blogger, I always appreciate any tool that helps me communicate well.  Honestly, it takes a great deal … Continue reading

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