Thursday, May 26, 2016

Summer online classes

If you wanted to learn 3D printing this summer but there are no classes near you, no worries!  We are teaching two classes through LERN network. The classes are all online and four weeks long.

The first class, Intro to 3D Printing, does not require that you have a printer (but if you do, we can help you get squared away with it.)  The next one starts June 5, and you can still sign up at this link:

If anyone is interested, we'll be happy to throw in some pointers about the models in our new book, "3D Printed Science Projects." (One of the models from the chapter about botany is shown here.) 

The other class, Intro to Maker Tech, is more focused on learning to use Arduinos and similar electronics, with one week also dedicated to 3D printing and other topics. That one starts July 5, and you can sign up at this link:

We hope to meet some new friends! If you can't make either of those, 3D printing will run again in September and Maker Tech in October.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Arduino based student wind tunnel

Can #scientificmakers get started in high school? Read about an Arduino-based wind tunnel at Windward School in West LA. If you want to see the wind tunnel- and many more school projects- come to Windward's second annual Design and Maker Class Colloquium, to be held at their campus on Monday and Tuesday, August 8 and 9. We'll be there teaching some of the hands-on events!  #DMCC2016

Register and info:

Say hello at Bay Area Makerfaire!

Joan and Rich are going to be hanging out at the MatterHackers booth (zone 2, the Expo building, booth 2123) at Bay Area Makerfaire in San Mateo. We will be there for sure at noon and 3 PM on both Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22nd, to talk about our new book  ("3D Printed Science Projects.") Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"3D Printed Science Projects" is now available

book cover, 3d printed science projects
Our new book, "3D Printed Science Projects," is now available. We are very excited about this book, which as far as we know is the first book to bridge the gap between some fun and educational science content and 3D models that are easy to print. Rather than just having a set of models you can only print as-is, these are designed to be altered based on the physics or botany of the model. Available from many booksellers -- here is the publisher's page:

Sunday, May 8, 2016

AAAS Pacific Division Scientific Maker Symposium and Exhibit

June 16th at University of San Diego

Rich Cameron and I are the co-organizers of the first American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Pacific Division Scientific Maker Symposium and Exhibit. We invited scientists who are using maker tech like 3D printing and Arduinos to present their work and how that turned out for them. We got a very interesting response across a spread of disciplines, and expect a dozen exhibits and a long afternoon of papers.

The program will be held as part of the AAAS/PD annual meeting. The overall meeting runs Tuesday, June 14 through Friday, June 17; our program is on Thursday the 16th. It will be held at the campus of University of San Diego.

To see the list of talks in the symposium, click here.
For general information about the conference, and for a link for registration, click here.
Hope to see a lot of you in San Diego! Be a #scientificmaker