A number of friends and I are working toward making our Woodshop into  a full-featured maker space. You can find out more about meet-ups, classes and more at our website.

We call it Tam Makers. Click here.

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Testing the Platform for the Animatronic City

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Sketchup Gallery Link

This is a link to Sketchup files. You will need to have the Sketchup program to open them.

This is a PDF for the outline of  Sketchup Lessons Beginning

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And with a bit of finish.

Here is Esther’s box after she put a coat of Watco’s finishing oil on it. The top is Western Broad Leaf Maple. The sides are fiddleback sugar maple and the splines are walnut.

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Reflection on Volunteer Hours for Maker Professional Development Course, Sonoma State University

As I have taught students to use the bandsaw, or any tool for that matter, I have found it tricky to get a whole class of 25 or so students to see what I am doing close up. I had made previously made a video demonstrating how to use the wood lathe. And since my maker students are going to now learn to use the band saw, I decided it was time to make a classroom presentation. I decided on a PowerPoint.I spent about 12 hours taking photos and piecing together the PowerPoint. I have since shown it in class to my students and shared this with colleagues in my district and in the Sonoma State professional maker development course.

The Autodesk workshop on 123d circuits has been useful. I learned how to use the online application. Additionally I learned of Autodesk’s new environment, Project Ignite. It contains a series of self-paced activities with specific instructions for how to use the 123D applications. There are currently activity series for 123D circuits and for 123D shapes (you can design something and print out on a 3d printer). I implemented the Ignite activity for the circuits by having my students work through an 8 step lesson module. I supplemented it with checkpoints where I had to inspect their work at the computer. I also had them build a couple of the circuits with breadboards, wire and lights. I do wish I had more time to develop the curriculum. I had ideas for them to demonstrate that they could use the multimeter and really understood the circuits. I have been too swamped to carry that out extensively.

The other Autodesk workshop was on Fusion 360. Steve Temple at San Rafael High has switched over to using that from Autodesk Inventor. I can see why. The interface is much more intuitive. Also, it will run on a Mac. Autodesk offers free student licenses for this software but many students have Macs rather than PCs so that has inhibited them from downloading their own copies of Inventor. Now they can get copies of Fusion 360 whether mac or pc.

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LED Sequins student elective activity.

We have a day next week where students sign up for enrichment activities. I offered that can sew an LED sequin and batter onto their cloths. I stocked the materials. Now I just need to practice it myself.

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