Thanks Tom Stinson for hosting us at Cranbury School to learn about how you implement EV3 Legos and Sea Perch! Mike, Matt and John enjoyed the session.
Jim Kennedy's students at Pascack Valley High School share their experiences with the engineering course that has dual enrollment with University of Texas. Thanks Jim!
UPCOMING Professional Development
November 21, 2017 (5-7PM) - Monique Dituri @ Clifton HS - Learn about crowdfunding for your program. Cancelled - due to no interest at this time.
December 6, 2017 - Adam Farhi @ Crossroads North Middle School - Learn how to run your Tech Program on a limited budget. Register
December 7, 2017 - Adelyn Gann @ Westwood Jr/Sr High School - Program Overview. Register
December 12, 2017 - Tim Leicht @ Montgomery HS - Learn how to use AutoCAD REVIT. Register
January 11, 2018 - Mike Condurso @ Lenape HS - Program Site visit. Register
Thank you to all of the presenters, vendors and attendees of the 2017 Fall conference and Expo. We hope that you enjoyed the event and were able to take a few elements back to your classroom. We look forward to seeing you in the Spring. Be sure to check out the list of upcoming professional development at http://www.njteea.org/.
THank you to those who joined us for STEM bootcamp! PLease find the slides presented during bootcamp attached here. We hope to see you all soon!
Have you ever thought about joining the NJTEEA Executive Board but wasn't sure of the commitment or what you would be required to do? Join us for one year as Secretary to see what we do and if you would like to run for one of the positions when elections take place. Wendy Green has been filling in for Past President a couple times now and Secretary and was going to complete her second year of her Secretary term, but needed to fill in for Past President. We need her to stay on as Past President one more year and need someone to act as secretary for her. If you are interested, we could use your help. Contact Wendy at WGreen@njteea.org. She would love to hear from you. The position is very low key and requires someone to take meeting minutes and keep us organized throughout the year. ;o)
3d printers have become the center of Technology, Engineering, and Design (TED) classrooms. While they are valuable tools there is still a mystery that surrounds them. This mystery isn't about how they work; rather, it is about how to get them to work well. Unfortunately, the list of modifications and variables that can be tweaked can be very long. But, what I want to share with you is some of the tips and tricks we have picked up from our members over the years.
To try and keep this simple I'm going to explain each part working from the print bed, up through the nozzle, and ending with the filament. This order isn't special and not a guide for where to start or what do do. Instead, take a look through the whole thing and try what you think is easiest.
Print beds come in four main configurations:
Bed add-ons and modification
Knowing you nozzle comes in two forms. The first and easies to understand is whether or not your nozzle is level to the bed. The standard trick is taking a piece of paper and working it until there is just a bit of drag. This is great to start but I have never had this be the only think I have had to do. The best thing for me is to watch the first layer like a hawk and adjust the bed until I see each line of filament combining with the other. What make this easier is a flat bed. That is why I prefer glass.
The second factor is knowing the diameter of the nozzle in relationship to the print layers. I have been fortunate to not have to worry about this but if you start looking into it you'll find that there are ratios to how big your nozzle is to the layer height to the first layer height (this should be bigger to promote adhesion) and so forth and so on. It gets intense very fast and I would imagine if you are getting into this you have your prints pretty dialed in and are looking to push their limits.
The topics that I have just gone through are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to 3d printing. Keep looking online and asking NJTEEA your questions. Remember, if it works for you it's right!
When a teacher is out of the classroom, it’s easy to assign “busy work.” Technology educators are further challenged since our learning materials often require safety training that cannot be completed with a sub. Additionally, our classes often are elective a have significantly less instructional class periods than a core content. So, if we miss one class with our students we may be missing as much as 2% of our overall time. If we are out for a professional conference of more than one day, that percentage is pushed up to 5%. Rather than name that class period as “wasted time” because the teacher won’t be there, let’s really work to make every minute count.
Here are some top notch resources to utilize when you are not present in the classroom:
PBS Kids: Design Squad is a TV show intended for elementary aged children to learn about the engineering design process. PBS has published a plethora of resources for teachers of elementary school students on their website, following the footsteps of the TV show. http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/workshop/process.html
PictureSTEM: This is a resource offered by Purdue University. PictureSTEM includes several elementary level engineering design focused instructional units, rich with computer science connections and engineering concepts. https://engineering.purdue.edu/INSPIRE/Resources
Middle School Resources
Novel Engineering: This began as an $8 million grant to facilitate a partnership between Purdue University and the University of Minnesota. Through this grant the colleges collaborated to create engineering design units based on literature, fostering a love for engineering and a strong integration of literacy. http://www.novelengineering.org/
NASA Engineering: NASA has completely redesigned their education website to include STEM resources and engineering design challenges best suited for the middle school learner. https://pmm.nasa.gov/education/
High School resources
TeachEngineering.org: This website is an entired database of leveled activities that integrate the engineering design process. Searching the database provides engineering/technology teachers with meaningful resources that are tied into specific technology and engineering content. www.teachengineering.org
Engineering Education Service Center: This organization is a great resource for a number of resources, but most specifically lists competitions that are most appropriate for high-school students in engineering content. http://www.engineeringedu.com/store/index.php?route=information/information&information_id=70
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