Monday, July 10, 2017

At SIGGRAPH? Come to our Birds of a Feather Tues Aug 1,10-11 AM

If you are coming to SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles this year, be sure to stop by our Birds of a Feather session:

Best Practices in Making 3D-Printed Math and Science Models

Tuesday, 1 August, 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Los Angeles Convention Center - Room 506
This session is for people who are creating 3D-printed models of math, science, or engineering concepts. Compare tools, techniques, and tips for accurate representations. Bring along a model!
At least "Exhibits Plus" registration is required for Birds of a Feather session. More at  http://s2017.siggraph.org/birds-feather

Aug 3-4 (Thurs-Fri) Maker-educator event in West LA!




Maker-educators: awesome two-day event in West Los Angeles. We'll be speaking and exhibiting!  Registration and more info here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Friday July 14 San Diego: Maker tech to teach science

Three, 3D printed models of surfaces, discretized to varying degrees
Teacher friends in the San Diego area- National University is hosting a workshop about maker tech for science teachers on Friday, July 14.

We have a great lineup!  Rich Cameron and I will be talking about our work creating 3D printed science projects, we'll have two proposed charter schools with a maker focus talking about their plans, case studies from the classroom, an agricultural water-saving Arduino project, and more! Event is free to educators. More: https://julynumakertechworkshop.eventbrite.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our new Science Projects book is out!

Our new book, 3D Printed Science Projects Volume 2, is now out! Check out some of the cool models, including sand dunes, gravitational waves, and topics in probability. Check it out on the publisher's page at http://www.apress.com/us/book/9781484226940

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hacker Calculus update

Photo of an electronic device, part of which is glowing redWe've added some material to our Hacker Calculus project on Hackaday

Check out the overall project at the link above, or see the directions to build the acceleration sensor shown here in Log #1. It's a great way to start a conversation with students about acceleration, gravity, constant-velocity motion, and more.

Our Hacker Calculus project aims to create a structured set of modules consisting of hands-on 3D printing and electronics projects, with thorough text documentation and minimal supporting algebra. These modules will teach calculus in this hacker style both for self-learners and others, like the visually impaired, who need hands-on learning.

When Isaac Newton developed calculus in the 1600s, he was trying to tie together math and physics in an intuitive, geometrical way. But over time math and physics teaching became heavily weighted toward algebra, and less toward geometrical problem-solving. However, many practicing mathematicians and physicists will get their intuition geometrically first and do the algebra later. We want to let people get to that point directly without passing through (much) algebra, particularly people who learn best by making something.

Follow our project as we continue to add ideas! 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Deadline coming 4/23- Scientific Maker exhibit in Hawaii

Share your expertise, creativity, and devices at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Pacific Division’s Second Annual SCIENTIFIC MAKER EXHIBIT at the Pacific Division’s annual meeting, Waimea (on the Big Island of Hawaii) June 19-23, 2017
It is more feasible to create your own lab equipment than ever before with the advent of 3D printing, low-cost Arduino sensors and other “maker” technologies.

It is also possible to have citizen scientist collaborators who cannot only take data for you, but follow open-source plans to create their own equipment. Are you one of the pathfinders that has actually done this? If so, please consider bringing your creation to Waimea on the Big Island of Hawaii for the AAAS Pacific Division’s second Scientific Maker Exhibit. Group exhibits are welcome. Objects that are the subject of work in progress or recent crowdfunding campaigns or equivalent open-source projects are encouraged.

This exhibit area is a “third type” of presentation – not a poster, not a talk, but a chance to show off 3D prints, equipment, etc. There is no provision for hanging a poster at the exhibit – just plan on flat table space and anything you want to put up on a table.

There is no charge for space in this exhibit, but all participants must register for the meeting. Note that display space is limited and acceptance of objects for display will be determined solely by the staff and/or representatives of AAAS, Pacific Division based on quality and scientific merit of the proposed display. Participants take sole responsibility for the safety of their displays, and waivers may be required as detailed in the PDF linked below.

The deadline for submission of an application is 23 April, 2017.

More info about the maker exhibit: http://associations.sou.edu/…/Flyers/MakerExhibit-Newest.pdf

To apply, fill out the google form at https://goo.gl/forms/NKMLcU3PUPczxUMJ3.

To apply for a separate poster or oral presentation, to register, or to read about student awards, see the conference's main page at http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/2017HAWAII/index.html

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

New book out for preorder

 Our new book (the sixth in collaboration with Rich ("Whosawhatsis) Cameron) is now up for preorder. Some pretty fun models in it!

The cover image is the probability distribution of throwing six-sided dice. The image at the far back is the flat distribution of throwing a one through six with one die. The one in the foreground is what you get when you throw five dice - it approaches a normal distribution.  You can get some very new insights when you have the third dimension to play with!

https://www.amazon.com/3D-Printed-Science-Projects-Engineering/dp/1484226941/

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Speaking at Bay Area Makerfaire, May 19-21

Come meet up with us at Bay Area Makerfaire!
We'll be speaking and also hanging out at the Apress booth (#1502.)
 

  Maker Faire Bay Area
 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Maker Calculus- 2017 Hackaday Prize Entry

Please drop in on (and follow and like!) our 2017 Hackaday Prize entry, Hacker Calculus.

The summary: Many hackers are self-taught and avoid powerful math tools that might let them take creations to the next level. We aim to create a structured set of modules consisting of hands-on 3D printing and electronics projects, with thorough text documentation and minimal supporting algebra. These modules will teach calculus in this hacker style both for self-learners and others, like the visually impaired, who need hands-on learning. When Isaac Newton developed calculus in the 1600s, he was trying to tie together math and physics in an intuitive, geometrical way. But over time math and physics teaching became heavily weighted toward algebra, and less toward geometrical problem-solving. However, many practicing mathematicians and physicists will get their intuition geometrically first and do the algebra later. We want to let people get to that point directly without passing through (much) algebra, particularly people who learn best by making something.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Online 3D printing and maker electronics classes in April

We will be teaching two online classes in April (starting April 3, going for 4 weeks.) The first is Intro to #3dprinting, and the second is Prototyping with Maker Electronics.

Registration at the links above- hope to see folks there!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two Pasadena 3D printing and makertech learning opportunities, March 9 and 14

We are doing two events in the first half of March to help people learn about really using maker technologies to do useful stuff.

First, Thursday, March 9,  we are giving a dinner talk for the San Gabriel Valley  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)  about  how low-cost maker tech prototyping might have some lessons for aerospace.  It's  at DuPar's restaurant, 214 S. Lake Ave. Networking first, then dinner, then the talk. Just coming to the talk is free (but you have to pre-register). Other prices at registration link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-can-aerospace-learn-from-makers-by-joan-horvath-and-rich-cameron-tickets-32341737006

Then on Tuesday March 14,,  from 6-9 PM we will be teaching a class at the fabulous SupplyFrameDesignLab: 3D Printing to Make Useful Parts 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3d-printing-to-make-useful-parts-tickets-31950527889 

Hope to see you there! 
3D Printed Truss teaching model from "3D Printed Science Projects."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Some live classes soon for teachers and serious makers (and ongoing online ones too)

February and March will be exciting months for us in teaching live, as well as our online classes.
First, we will be leading a workshop hosted by National University Alumni Association. It will be at National's facility near Los Angeles airport (LAX). The event is free and will be a survey of makertech for an hour followed by smaller-group demonstrations. Saturday, February 25 - registration is required and available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-universitys-maker-technologies-in-the-classroom-free-workshop-tickets-31732471677

If on the other hand, are you someone who has worked for a while making things with traditional technologies who is wondering whether 3D printing is for you or just for toys? We will be teaching a class at the fabulous SupplyFrame DesignLab in Pasadena the evening of Tuesday March 14. More details and tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3d-printing-to-make-useful-parts-tickets-31950527889

If on the other hand you're not nearby, in March we will have the inaugural run of our new online LERN Network class, "3D Printed Science and Math: Visualizations and Experiments." Registration at http://www.yougotclass.org/courses.cfm/MatterHackers/3D-Printed-Science-and-Math:-Visualizations-and-Experiments

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Take an online makertech class in 2017!

Well, the holidays are past now - so time to think about really learning one of these exciting new technologies.

The classes are run through LERN Network, and are four weeks, all online. Community colleges sometimes outsource their online extension courses to LERN, so our classes may be available through your local community college. If not, we have direct links to LERN below.


  


Intro to 3D Printing- Feb, Apr, Jun, Sept

NEW FOR 2017! 3D Printed Science and Math: Visualizations and Experiments (about how to create good 3D printable science and math models to help visualize or to use to do experiments) - Mar, May, July, Oct

UPDATED IN 2017! Prototyping with Maker Electronics  April, June, Aug, Nov

If your local college doesn't have our classes in their portal, we have them linked here and on our site at http://www.nonscriptum.com/classes.

Or if online isn't your thing and you are nearby, we are always happy to arrange custom training in Southern California locations. Contact us to explore options.