After mastering TinkerCAD, I took a Fusion360 course by Autodesk and learned how to take my computer-aided-design to the next level with this free software. Learn how to create technical drawings, extrude, and 3D model complex shapes. These quick tutorials will give you the foundation you need to navigate Fusion 360.
Practical and easy to follow blog entry about how to create a boat using TinkerCAD. Once you've mastered the boat design, this free online computer-aided-design software by Autodesk will help you teach young learners how to 3D model. I've used this program to teach elementary and middle school aged students to design and print customized keychains, video game characters, tiny houses, and so much more.
A super-useful DIY resource if you are doing any laser cutting or 3D printing, with thousands of open source designs to download. User generated instructions for how to make everything from laser cut coasters to home-made pinball machines. I highlight the laser cut wall clock here because students love this project. I've also had students upload their own designs to share, which is a fun additional goal at the end of a project.
If you live in Pittsburgh or are inspired by the growing maker movement in any city, then you will love this guide. It provides a "who's who" in the local maker movement, as well as resources and ideas for building innovative teaching networks - from Children's Innovation Project at Allegheny Traditional Academy to the LABS program at the Carnegie Libraries throughout Pittsburgh.
I have used this playbook for developing the afterschool program at TechShop and for helping schools to develop their own makerspaces. By reading this book you will learn about the origins of the maker movement, project based learning, and how to create a meaningful makerspace in your school or community.