Tinkering with Teens

Below are some schematics created in a two hour TinkerCAD workshop I taught in Suffolk County, NY. For most of these teens, this was their first time using the software–they were very excited to learn it was free and browser-based! If your 3D printer is available to the public, giving your patrons some basic 3D designContinue reading “Tinkering with Teens”

3D Printing Children’s Prosthetic Hands at Your Library

One of the most fascinating applications of a 3D printer is its ability to manufacture low-cost prosthetics. Libraries seeking to offer STEAM education, community service opportunities or a family-oriented activity should consider organizing a Hand Challenge! Getting Started: For the Hand Challenge at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, we chose the open-source “Raptor Reloaded” schematic, whichContinue reading “3D Printing Children’s Prosthetic Hands at Your Library”

Starting A Teen 3D Printing Club at Your Library

Originally appears in the February 2017 print edition of VOYA Magazine as “Teens and Technology: Teen 3D Printing Club”. 3D printing is an exciting technology that can engage your teen patrons like few things can! The question for many libraries that are considering purchasing a 3D printer (or for some that already have made aContinue reading “Starting A Teen 3D Printing Club at Your Library”