I asked Happy Hour co-host PrettySmallThings for her suggestions and she had this to say:
I’ve been watching the design work of two educators: Mathgrrl & DesignMakeTeach. In many cases, they are using simple CAD software, like Tinkercad, to create unique designs that solve a problem, or teach a concept. It shows that you don’t need access to high end CAD programs to explore awesome projects with 3D printing. Both are documenting their 3D exploration on blogs, in addition to Thingiverse, giving other educators valuable insight into their process and application. The things they’re posting are more than just prints – they’re tie-ins to lesson plans and creative ideas for learning.
Design Make Teach is a blog about MAKING in the classroom. MAKING is a process that engages students in thinking, making and sharing. My name is Josh Ajima. I am a teacher. I believe that I can MAKE a difference.
…I give demos, presentations and workshops on 3D printing, technology integration and professional development. I am located in Northern Virginia. (Read more.)
Laura Taalman is a JMU math prof and defender of the universe.
…What would you print if you had a 3D printer in your home? We’ll print one thing for our house every day with either a MakerBot Replicator 2 or an Afinia H-Series and catalog it here, with a picture, an .stl file, and technical notes for each thing.
If you want to see more mathy and technical stuff then visit here, and if you want to see updates on the first 3D-printing general education classroom, visit here. (Read more.)
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.