This past week, I spent some time at my alma mater, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, teaching a beginner workshop each evening and covering a variety of topics. I had a wonderful time visiting campus and teaching classes, and I had a few late nights putting together the workshops.
This handout serves a few useful purposes. First, it provides a sort of syllabus for what the students will be learning. Second, it gives them something to take home and reference, should they need it. Finally, and most importantly, it allows people with experience in the subject matter to work ahead.
If you are interested in the handouts from the workshops, I’ve included them below. You are welcome to use them as-is or create your own based on them.
The worksheets (PDF) are very helpful for going through the steps of setting up a project and would be great for educators and makerspaces in addition to solo makers:
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