Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Beautiful Car

Oh yes! A first grader drew a car using the iPad app Cubify Draw., then made it 3D and printed it with the MakerBot. It's what I have been waiting for... not a modified template of an object, not built piece by piece, but an object imagined by a student and brought to the real world with digital technology. And it is just a beginning!

Snuffle Mats

We finished the snuffle mats, our donation project for the Dane County Humane Society. Here's Mrs. Henderson's class with the finished mats. They'll be delivered to DCHS on Thursday. Great work, Huegel Eagles!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New Makerspots

Snuffle mat

Tried out a couple of new makerspots in the makerspace this week. I think I'm getting a little better at selection and display.
  • Strawbees -  These heavy duty straws and connectors come with great instructions. Every grade level successfully built structures.
  • Snuffle mats - The Humane Society will be getting these when we're done. Made with fleece fabric strips, rubber mats with holes, and lots of busy hands to tie knots, all grade levels have really enjoyed pitching in.
  • Collaborative sculpture Chihuly-style - Recycled water bottles, a chicken wire framework, and permanent markers are coming together as a faux blown glass chandelier. Again, all grade levels are having fun with it. We could have used watered down acrylics, but I decided on the markers because we have still-new carpeting. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016


And here it is... 33 minutes and 52 seconds later! It works!

First Print

So far, so good. 10 minutes into a 35 minute print and the Makerbot is working perfectly! You can't really see it in this capture made with the on-board camera, but it has laid down the base of my new LMC sign and is building the letters one layer at a time. It is making very cool robot-y noises.