TinkerCad – Great for 3D Modeling and Printing

TinkerCad is a really fun, simple, and free web-based tool for 3D design. It exports in .STL which goes directly into MakerBot 3D printers.

TinkerCad is very shape based and easy to work with. There are some really useful simple lessons to learn the basic controls. There is also a Thingiverse-like place to explore designs other people have made.

Note: Currently you need Chrome or Firefox to run TinkerCad.

You can also export designs into Minecraft!

MakerBot Digitizer – 3D Scanner

It is probably time to get some new things for the MakerSpace!

Human Powered Helicopter Wins $250,000 Prize

The AeroVelo Atlas team was awarded $250,000 today for completing the challenges set in the Sigorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. The competition started 33 years ago and had never been successfully accomplished. AeroVelo is a Canadian team and they built their helicopter after raising $34,000 on Kickstarter last spring. They completed the build in August of 2012.
Imagine if you were a backer and you got a reward from this historical record breaker!

Learn more about human powered helicopter here.

via Popular Mechanics

Dog Goldberg Machine

This is obviously an advertisement for dog food, but it is so cute and clever!

Advice from Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, provides some advice about how to look at the world:

Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.

Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

via Forbes.

How to tell if that photo is a fake

Here is a great post on how to determine if the “shark in flooded city streets after a storm” and other such photos that get passed around is a fake. Follow these simple five steps to avoid looking the n00b.

More specific details for the steps are here.

  1. Use your knowledge of sharks to figure if they could even fit in that depth of water.
  2. Try to find other images of that place where the shark supposedly is.
  3. Upload the image to Google Image and compare
  4. Check Snopes.
  5. Assume it s a fake (you’re most likely late).

 

Pale Blue Dot

Carl Sagan, famous American astronomer and 80′s TV show host of Cosmos, reflected on how small we are in space. He narrated these words. Joel Somerfield animated to it. Enjoy.

 

World’s Longest Book Domino Chain

Last month Seattle Public Library broke the record for longest book domino chain. It was to help raise awareness for summer reading. This video is pretty cool!

BTW, how is your summer reading going?

Becoming an Astronaut

My friends at GMD Studios (who made the ZBL video for Amplify) are working on a project about the newest NASA astronauts. I remember wondering how people became astronauts, and I think this will be really cool and inspiring to hear about the journey of these 8 people.

Congrats – Highest Growth in the District!

Congrats to all of my students this year. I stopped by the school today and heard from our principal that my classes had the highest growth of all classes in the district (based on the STAR tests). We knew we learned a lot this year. It is nice to know that there is some sort of recognition out there as to how much growth you all made. It is fun to imagine people being impressed with your growth.

Congrats to all of you for your learning and supporting others to learn!

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