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Digital Fabrication at ISTE 2010

For the past eight months, I have worked with a number of elementary and middle school teachers on the interdisciplinary opportunities found within digitally fabricating objects. Digital fabrication, for those unfamiliar with this unique process, involves creating a digital design that is then produced in a physical form. With ISTE 2010 in a few short weeks, I thought it appropriate to share sessions and opportunities to learn more about digital fabrication during the Denver conference.

1. Personal Fabrication Systems in the Classroom: Lessons, Examples, and Learning

  • Tuesday, 6/29/2010, 10:00am–12:00pm, CCC Lobby A, Table: P19
  • Description: Explore ways in which elementary and secondary teachers are using personal fabrication systems to create three-dimensional objects and support STEM learning in their classrooms.
  • In addition to seeing my shining face, this poster session will feature Celine, a fifth grade student from Crozet Elementary School. Celine will be fabricating personal designs with the software and hardware that was used in her school this past year. You can read more about Celine and her interests on her wiki.
  • Representatives from Aspex Software, Fablevision, Software MacKiev, and Graphtec America will be present to answer questions.

2. The FabLab Classroom: A Digital Fabrication Laboratory for Schools

  • Tuesday, 6/29/2010, 2:00pm–3:00pm, CCC 205/207
  • Description: The FabLab Classroom empowers students to invent simple machines and other usable products. Learn about digital fabrication in math, science, and language arts.
  • This formal session features my adviser, Glen Bull, as well as Arlene Borthwick, Mike Charles, Sarah McPherson, Nick Sanham, Peggy Healy Stearns and Paula White.

3. Exhibit Hall: Canon USA, Inc.

  • Location: Booth 1924 (floorplan)
  • Experiment and play with digital fabrication equipment at the Canon booth!

4. Exhibit Hall: Software MacKiev

  • Location: Booth 840 (floorplan)
  • Peggy Healy Sterns, creator of popular software titles like The Graph Club and Stationary Studio, will be demoing a new piece of digital fabrication software that she is developing with Software MacKiev. I will also be there as time permits.

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