Open Letter to Librarians on 3D Printing

The other day I sat down with Chad Sansing via the internets to share some ideas about 3D Printers in libraries for School Library Journal.

Chad prompted me with the question: How can a librarian get ready for a 3D printer and purposefully design inviting, accessible projects. I felt my response would be a decent resource for those who read our blog, this is my response:
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Presenting Design Concepts to Youth

  At Maker Jawn, our primary MO is to make things. Obviously making things can be fun, but sometimes it includes steps that participants don’t like or understand. I’ve found that my students are extremely resistant to steps in the making process like sketching and prototyping. Being kids, and more specifically, kids who aren’t being taught much about creative thinking… Read more →

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Making Maker Dreams Come True, or, Applying for a Grant with a 9-year-old

    Yesterday Charity and I finished and submited her application for a Disney Friends for Change Grant. We had been working together over the past month to develop ideas for a small grant and ways to apply them through our Maker space in Kensington Library. After having an animal rights activist come speak at the library this summer, Charity… Read more →

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Jason and The Makers

Jason is a Maker extraordinaire at the KEN neighborhood library. He has been updating our tumblr blog since the summer so we invited him to write a blog post for the MakerJawn site. Here it is! On a chilly day in September 2012 a quiet, shy 16 year old boy reluctantly makes his way into the Kensington Library, he is unaware… Read more →

Learning Triangles

Have you ever thought about what educational resources you had available to you as a child? Aside from school, what else was there in your neighborhood that afforded you the ability to acquire knowledge? Maybe someone in a rural or rural-suburban area may have had plenty of time to run around outside and learn about the natural environment through self-directed… Read more →